This region includes primarily Washington, Idaho and Montana, but also Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. It accounts for about 5 percent of canola production in the United States. Research funding for the region is administered by the University of Idaho, led by Jack Brown, Ph.D., professor of plant breeding and genetics (tel: 208-885 7078, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research in the region is dedicated to breeding new varieties, such as fast-emerging, cold-tolerant cultivars; evaluating crop management practices like nitrogen application; and discovering alternatives uses for canola such as livestock grazing and improved biodiesel feedstock.
Here are recent summaries of Pacific Northwest research projects jointly funded by the National Canola Research Program and collaborating universities, such as Washington State University: