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Weather Tests the Winter Hardiness of K-State/OSU Canola Variety Trials in 2015

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:11:08 CDT

Weather Tests the Winter Hardiness of K-State/OSU Canola Variety Trials in 2015 More than 75 producers turned out for the 11th annual winter canola conference on Tuesday in Enid, Oklahoma. Kansas State University Canola Breeder Mike Stamm presented the results of this year's variety plots in Oklahoma and Kansas. He said the plots in Oklahoma turned out well.

"Yields that were anywhere from about 25 bushel to the acre to approaching 60 bushel to the acre, just depending on the environment and where those locations were and we saw good performance from both the Roundup Ready products that have been grown for a number of years now and some of the conventional hybrids that are becoming more and more popular in the region," Stamm said.

Meanwhile, the plots in Kansas had the roughest year in the past 25 years of the K-State canola breeding program. Kansas had very warm conditions last fall and the crop was growing very rapidly and there was no acclimation period to colder weather. Stamm said a cold snap in November hurt the crop when temperatures went from 70 degrees to about 17 degrees in 24 hours and then it stayed cold for the next week.

"In those kind of temperatures on a crop that is not acclimated to cold temperatures can be very detrimental and in some cases that one cold event caused significant damage to the crop," Stamm said.

Due to the severe damage, K-State did not harvest a single variety research plot in Kansas this year. On a positive note, the variety plots in Enid showed one of the newly developed varieties from K-State was able to overcome the weather with 78 percent survival while yielding 56 bushels an acre.

Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith caught up with Mike Stamm at the Canola Conference in Enid. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen.

The results of the K-State and OSU variety trials will be available online at www.canola.okstate.edu .



Leslie Smith interviews Mike Stamm of K-State University
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