MANHATTAN – Two canola field tours will be held in south central Kansas on Thursday. The tours will present a good opportunity for producers to get the latest production information and check out how different cultivars are doing so far this spring, said Mike Stamm, Kansas State University canola breeder.

“After a couple of hard winters, this year’s canola crop has come through the winter strong and has handled the dry spring weather well,” Stamm said. “We want to give producers an opportunity to see the latest winter canola varieties available to them. We’ll talk about the variety differences.”

“Also, K-State Research and Extension has partnered with AGCO to evaluate a novel residue management system for canola planting and common producer planting practices, and we would like to share what we’ve learned from this on-farm research project,” he added.

The first tour will start at 10 a.m., just east of Conway Springs. To get to the location, drive east 2 miles on Parallel Street from the Kansas Route 49/Parallel Street junction and the plots will be on the south side of the road. At this site, producers will see a 30-entry winter canola variety trial that includes materials from nine different seed companies. Growers will also observe canola planted with the AGCO residue management system and common producer planting practices.

Lunch will be sponsored by Triple Threat Ag Services. Please RSVP to the Sumner County Extension Office before Tuesday by calling 620-326-7477. There is no charge to attend, but an accurate count is needed for lunch.

The second tour will be held at 3 p.m. near Kiowa. To get to the location, drive 3 miles south of the state line on HW-8 and turn west on E0040 Rd for one-half mile. Producers will see a second site of the AGCO residue management system and producer planting practices. From here, the group will move to the National Winter Canola Variety Trial, which includes 24 open pollinated varieties and 24 hybrids in side-by-side trials.

For more information, contact Mike Stamm at 785-532-3871 or mjstamm@ksu.edu.