Canola Research - Pacific Northwest Region (FY2012)
The Pacific Northwest Canola Research Program (PNWCRP) is part of the National Canola Research Program (NCRP) and emphasizes collaborative and multidisciplinary research driven by producer needs to enhance and expand canola production and quality in the region. Accordingly, a primary goal of the PNWCRP is to develop and expand the research and extension base needed to support the canola industry in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The PNWCRP has funded a range of cooperative studies involving research and extension faculty in the State Agricultural Experiment Systems of ID, MT, OR, and WA, and research scientists in USDA-ARS. Projects funded through this program include development of germplasm to meet human health, bioproducts and agronomic production needs, development of new varieties and their release to growers, development of region specific
production systems including crop rotation, soil fertility and residue management practices, development and utilization of biodiesel and by-product, development of improved integrated crop and pest management practices, and generation of pesticide efficacy data in support of pesticide registrations. Research proposed in the current proposal focuses on timing of forced lodging on canola yield and quality, stability of specialty canola oils, affect of canola residue decomposition on soil quality, management of fresh wheat residue for irrigated winter canola production, solving spring survival of winter canola, optimizing productivity of early planted winter canola, and identifying superior cultivars of winter and spring canola. Knowledge generated from PNWCRP research projects is extended to clientele through publications, websites, workshops, field tours, and conferences.