July 7 Field Day Highlights University of Idaho Canola, Mustard Research

Friday, July 2 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Fields of gold brighten Northwest landscapes during spring and summer. A July 7 rapeseed, canola and mustard field day sponsored by the University of Idaho will explore the research, led by plant breeder Jack Brown, that produced the wealth of golden blooms cultivated by growers.
The university's ninth field day devoted to oilseed crops will begin at 8 a.m. The free event will conclude with a sponsored lunch at noon at the Parker Research Farm, located two miles east of Moscow along Idaho Highway 8.
Presenters including Brown, University of Idaho researchers Jim Davis, Joe Thompson and Chelsea Walsh and Oregon State University researcher Don Wysocki.
Research covered during the field day will include mustard, spring and winter canola and rapeseed trials; dryland sunflower variety development, biodiesel studies, dual-use winter canola for livestock forage and seed production and early planted winter canola for dryland production.
Other research topics will include imidazolinone-resistant and Roundup Ready canola varieties for weed management, effect of Pursuit herbicide on growth of spring canola, and development of designer biopesticidal Brassica crops for specific green manure uses.
The effects of insecticide management of early planted winter canola and updates on spring and winter oilseed programs will be covered. New cultivars from the University of Idaho program and others will be displayed.
More information is available from Jack Brown at (208) 885-7078 or by e-mail at jbrown@uidaho.edu.