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Source: Kansas State University news release

With a strong cash price and dry conditions plaguing summer crops, winter canola is primed for increased planted acres in fall 2012, said Kansas State University canola breeder, Mike Stamm.

Agronomists at K-State and Oklahoma State University have been working in recent years to determine the best canola production practices for Kansas and Oklahoma, and how to make the crop even more profitable for producers by reducing risk, Stamm said.

Producers who would like to learn about the latest best management practices for canola production and how to better manage risk can attend three canola production schools in August, offered by K-State Research and Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA), and the Great Plains Canola Association.

The dates and locations in Kansas include:

August 7 - Kingman, Kingman County Activities Center. This school is targeted for those in Kingman, Reno and Pratt counties, with those in surrounding counties also invited to participate.

August 9 - Wichita, Sedgwick County Extension Office. This school is targeted for Sedgwick, Harvey and Sumner counties, with those in surrounding counties also invited to participate.

August 17 - Lincoln, Lincoln County Courthouse. This school is targeted for those in the Post Rock, Central Kansas and River Valley Extension Districts, and surrounding counties.

Registration for the Kingman and Wichita schools begins at 9 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. The program ends at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided at each location. To ensure adequate food and program materials are available, the organizers are requesting that participants pre-register at least one week prior to the meeting by calling the appropriate extension office: Kingman County Extension office at 620-532-5131, Sedgwick County Extension office at 316-660-0143, Post Rock District Extension Office in Beloit at 785-738-3597.

The Lincoln school will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and breakfast pastries available. The presentations should conclude by noon.

The program topics at the three locations include:

Winter Canola Variety Trial Results and Variety Selection

Winter Canola Establishment Strategies for Central Kansas

Drill and Planter Calibration for Effective Canola Seeding

Insuring Winter Canola

Great Plains Canola Association Update on Activities

Marketing and Profit Potential of Canola in Kansas

Harvest Risk Management

Canola Pest and Weed Control

Grower Panel Question-and-Answer Period

Interested producers can also call Mike Stamm at 785-532-3871.

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