This region includes primarily Oklahoma and Kansas but also Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California. It accounts for about 5 percent of canola production in the United States. Regional research funding is administered by Kansas State University, led by Michael Stamm, M.S., canola breeder (tel: 785-532-3871, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The long-term goal of the Great Plains research program is to facilitate the adoption of winter canola as a viable rotational crop in the region. Researchers have focused on high-priority winter canola production systems, including genetic improvement and more. As a result, winter canola is emerging in the Great Plains as an outstanding rotational crop with wheat. In fact, research shows that wheat production improves when grown before or after canola.
Here are recent summaries of Great Plains research projects jointly funded by the National Canola Research Program, Great Plains Canola Association and collaborating universities: