New Canola Varieties Developed by K-State for the Southern Plains Coming SoonWed, 15 Jul 2015 18:01:04 CDT
Canola farmers will have several new varieties to consider in the next couple of years. Three new Roundup Ready canola varieties developed by Kansas State University will be released in the next two years. One new variety will be released through Monsanto this fall and two Roundup Ready varieties licensed to Croplan will be available in 2016. Speaking at the 11th Annual Canola Conference in Enid Tuesday, K-State University Canola Breeder Mike Stamm encouraged growers to look at these new varieties.
"They have been developed for our climatic conditions here in the Southern Great Plains," Stamm said. "They're definitely an option for them and we are excited to be able to do that because we've been in the business of canola breeding now for 20 to 25 years, so we're excited to have the Roundup Ready trait available in some of our commercial products."
Stamm says K-State also plans to release new conventional varieties that have enhanced survival. Those will come out in the next year or two.
In looking at varieties to plant, canola farmers in the southern plains may have more in common with European farmers than they realize. Stamm said K-State and Oklahoma State University are testing newer hybrid canola varieties from the European Union.
"They're growing in an environment that is very similar to what we have in say southern Oklahoma and north Texas, where the winters just don't seem to be quite as challenging as what they can be in central Oklahoma and points north," Stamm said.
Stamm said that should be encouraging to farmers that they have more products available to select from.
K-State and OSU have evaluated numerous varieties through their research plots across Oklahoma and Kansas. The results of those trials will be posted online at canola.okstate.edu.
Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith caught up with Stamm at the Canola Conference. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to hear the full interview on the research trials and these new varieties that will be available in the near future.
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