WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference "Golden Opportunities"
Oilseed production in the Pacific Northwest is on the increase as more growers discover the benefits of adding an oilseed to their crop rotation. Higher wheat yield, better weed control, improved soil quality, and a break in disease cycles are all being reported by oilseed growers. Livestock and poultry producers are increasingly using oilseed meal as a high protein, high quality component of daily rations. The 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference provides an opportunity to learn about the agronomy, economics, processing, end use, marketing, and more from local, regional, and national oilseed experts.
Keynote speakers from major canola production regions of North America will highlight the two-day conference:
Dr. Gary Hergert, University of Nebraska has conducted extensive research on soil and fertilizer management as influenced by irrigation management, including with canola and camelina.
Bob Schrock, winter canola producer from southern Kansas has made major transitions from full tillage to direct seed, and from growing only wheat to now including canola in his crop rotation.
Dr. Ron Sholar, executive director of the Great Plains Canola Association (GPCA) retired after 30 years at Oklahoma State University and is now dedicated to the success of both the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and the GPCA in promoting and supporting canola production in the southern Great Plains.
Phil Thomas, senior agri-coach with Agri-Trend, president of BrassicaCorp Ltd., of Alberta, Canada and author of the Canada Canola Growers Manual has shared his knowledge and expertise about Canada's canola to audiences in Canada and around the world, and was recently inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Experienced regional oilseed and livestock producers, WSU, OSU and UI research and Extension faculty, and regional and national industry representatives will be sharing their expertise and perspectives in plenary and region-specific breakout sessions. Topics will include oilseed crop and chemical rotation, weed control, whole-farm economics, variety selection, nutrient and water use, insects and diseases, oilseed meal in livestock rations, biodiesel distribution, quality and use, and more.
Current and future oilseed producers, livestock producers, crop input suppliers and advisors, oil and meal end users, researchers and supporting agency personnel are all invited to attend.
This is a two day conference.
Three Rivers Convention Center (View)
7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336