This region includes primarily North Dakota but also South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, accounting for about 90 percent of canola production in the U.S. Research funding for the region is administered by North Dakota State University. Priority topics are production practices that optimize yield, quality and profit; blackleg management; insect identification and control; straight-harvesting with the use of desicaants; optimal crop rotations wih canola; ways to reduce pod shattering and increase oil yield per acre; fertility efficiency; and best seeding dates for newer hybrids.
Beyond crop production, regional research is focused on alternative end uses like developing spring canola lines for optimal biodiesel production and canola oil-based resins for environmentally friendly plastics. New health benefits are also being explored, such as if intake of canola oil in place of other fats can reduce breast cancer risk.
2014 Research Update