Canola Hybrid Demonstrations

Canola continues to be accepted as a profitable crop option for producers in Oklahoma. With limited resources, it is cost prohibited to establish and maintain replicated variety / hybrid canola demonstrations in each county that is growing canola. One option that could be initiated to help producers understand variety of hybrid choices is to duplicate a project that is working well in the wheat industiy. That project involves unreplicated wheat variety strips for producer to evaluate in their county under their production systems. For this project, the OCES Agriculture Educator indicates that his county would like a set of varieties/hybrids (canola producer packets) and finds a producer to establish in a field where canola will be planted. The producer and the Educator plant the canola in side by side strips proximately 100 feet long in the field. During April the Educator and producer host a field tour to discuss the varieties/hybrids and other important canola production information. These sites might also serve as a gathering point for another demonstrations or section line seminars that the Educator or other Canola lndustry Leaders might deem necessary.

Canola Variety/Hybrid Producer Packet Demonstrations

Objectives:

1. Assist producers with selection of canola varieties/hybrids for his oanoia production system.

2. Determine if the demonstration of varieties/hybrids will influence the producers planting choice in the future.

Procedure:
These demonstrations target counties that do not have replicated variety/hybrid plots. They would also be targeted toward newer production areas where producers are just generating interest in canola.

Though public and private breeding efforts, we would hope to package 10 to 15 varieties/hybrids for planting in under represented counties. During the flowering period or shortly after, OCES personnel would lead a discussion on varietylhybrìd selection and other topics of interest for producers who attend.

Timeiine:

1. August 1, 2010, determine where replicated trial location with Dr. Godsey will be located.
2. August 1, 2010, determine which counties are represented and invite the OCES Ag Educator the option to participate in these non replicated demonstrations.
3. August 10, 2010 allow OCES Ag Educator to determine his county grower and begin the process of getting the seed packets put together.
4. August 30, 2010 Deliver seed packets to OCES Educators for establishment ofthe demonstration plots.
5. April 2011 OCES Ag Educator hosts a tour ofthe plots and provides producers with a short questionnaire to determine if information and obsenration of varietìes/hybrids would be altered in coming years as a result of what they are seeing.

Results of this work are to hopefully avoid placing the wrong canola variety/hybrid in a situation that will not work. By hosting a tour at the demonstration site, producers can at least once a year visit with canola industry specialists and researchers to increase their knowledge and awareness of production information useful to their canola production system.

Relationship to Other Research:

This project closely follows what we are seeing at other canola demonstration sites across Oklahoma only it would be inthe producer’s back yard under their production constraints. This might be the only location that some producers attend during the year because it is closest to his home and would not need to travel long distances to see canola.

Cooperators:
Dr. Chad Godsey, OCES Oil Seed Specialist
Mark Gregory, OCES SW Area Agronomist
Josh Bushong, OCES NW Extension Assistant – Canola
Ross Haxton, OCES SVV Extension Assistant – Canola

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