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K-State to sponsor canola field tours in May

Canola field tour dates for Kansas set Growers and other interested parties may view canola and wheat trials Tillage and cover crops also discussed

Kansas farmers will have several opportunities to get a first-hand look at canola fields and research plots in Kansas during the Canola Field Tours scheduled for May.

“The winter canola crop has survived the winter in good condition and we want to give producers an opportunity to see the crop growing in the field,” said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.

 “These field tours allow canola producers and those interested in growing canola to view the crop at a time when yield potential is being determined,” Stamm said.

Times, locations and speakers for the tour, which is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, include:

* May 2 - 10 a.m.:  Jimmy Vardy Farm, Anthony - View canola/wheat rotation blocks including four winter canola varieties tolerant to sulfonylurea herbicide soil residual.

* May 4 - 9 a.m.: Dean Elvin Farm, Marquette – View 20 commercial winter canola cultivars and canola/wheat rotation blocks.

* May 23 - 2 p.m.: K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City – View the National Winter Canola Variety Trial and learn about today’s newest and top-performing varieties. Also learn about wheat varieties and diseases, cover crops and vertical tillage.

* May 24 - 1 p.m.: Ed Schultz Farm, Arlington – Canola/wheat rotation blocks, including four winter canola varieties tolerant to sulfonylurea herbicide soil residual.

* May 24 - 2:30 p.m.: K-State Redd Foundation Field, Partridge – View the National Winter Canola Variety Trial, K-State intermediate variety trials, and experimental K-State Roundup Ready winter canola cultivars.

* May 25 - 10 a.m.: Sedgwick County wheat and canola plots, Clearwater – View 20 commercial canola cultivars, along with the Sedgwick County wheat tour. Wheat varieties and diseases will be discussed. A lunch will be served following this tour.

* May 26 - 10 a.m.: Tim Tureck Farm, Wellington – Canola/wheat rotation blocks, including nine winter canola cultivars, along with the Sumner County wheat tour. Wheat varieties and diseases will also be discussed.

Producers, county extension agents, agronomists, and those involved in agribusiness are welcome to attend and learn more about new canola cultivars, variety testing programs, and production practices, Stamm said.

“The K-State canola breeding program coordinates the testing of commercial and experimental cultivars across the State of Kansas. We are also very interested in better understanding wheat's performance following winter canola compared to continuous wheat,” he said.

More information and directions to the sites are available by contacting any local county extension office or Troy Lynn Eckart at 785-532-5776 or sprite@ksu.edu.

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