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Learn about marketing options and delivery points from Scoular representatives in Enid, Okla., and Wichita, Kan.

Jennifer M. Latzke

July 31, 2023

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WINTER CANOLA: Two winter canola meetings — both Aug. 9 — in Enid, Okla., and Wichita, Kan., will feature university experts and industry representatives offering advice and updates to farmers before they plant the 2024 crop this fall.TomasSereda/Getty Images

Farmers who have interest in growing winter canola to meet rising oilseed demand should mark their calendars for a pair of meetings to be held Aug. 9 in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Kansas State University officials, along with support from the Great Plains Canola Association, Scoular, and Bayer Crop Science, will be hosting winter canola educational meetings in Enid, Okla., and Wichita, Kan., Aug. 9. The timing is to help new and experienced canola farmers make decisions they’ll need to finalize before planting the crop this fall.

Mike Stamm, K-State canola breeder, said the meetings come “at a critical time” when producers have a renewed interest in growing winter canola, largely due to last spring’s announcement by Scoular that it will be building an oilseed crush facility near Goodland, Kan.

According to the release, specialists from K-State Research and Extension and Oklahoma State University will share their experiences working with the crop. The agenda includes a refresher on common canola production practices, and an update on variety development and availability.

Of particular interest to some will be an informational section from Scoular about canola marketing. Scoular representatives will also share about delivery points across the region and discuss opportunities for Scoular to arrange freight off the farm.

The meetings are free to attend, but reservations are required because a meal will be provided. The Oklahoma meeting will be in the morning, with the Kansas meeting held in the early evening. Location and contacts for each meeting include:

  • Enid, Okla. The Hoover Building, 300 E Oxford Ave. Presentations begin at 10 a.m., followed by a noon meal. RSVP to Ron Sholar, 405-780-0113, [email protected]; or Josh Bushong, 405-361-6941, [email protected].

  • Wichita, Kan. The Sedgwick County Extension Office, Sunflower Room, 7001 W. 21st St. Presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening meal. RSVP at the following link, conta.cc/3rilSNy; or to Nancy Richardson, Sedgwick County Extension Office, 316-660-0144, [email protected].

Source: Kansas State University Agronomy eUpdate contributed to this article.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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