Canola Growers Feeling The Impact Of Dry Spring

The dry spring has been challenging for a variety of producers, particularly canola growers. Karen Sowers with the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said winter canola is actually looking pretty good, including in Oregon’s Wilamette Valley. “Spring canola is all over the board from looking very good in the draws depending on seeding depth an date. They seem to make all […]

Cargill Building New Canola Plant in Canada as Demand Soars

Cargill is building a new $350 million canola plant in Saskatchewan, to take advantage of the booming demand for the oilseed. Canola futures recently hit record highs, and soybeans reached multi-year highs as demand for canola to process into vegetable oil and animal feed is greater than the available supply. Refiners are also planning to […]

Volunteer Canola Becoming A Bigger Problem Across the Northwest

Washington State University researchers are warning growers to be on the lookout for volunteer canola, which is becoming a problematic weed here in the Northwest. WSU’s Drew Lyon said as canola acreage increases throughout the state, volunteer canola has become a bigger challenge. “Some of this canola is got the Roundup Ready trait in it, so […]

Registration Now Open For Canola Workshop

Registration is now open for the Pacific Northwest Canola Association’s Canola workshop coming up February 9th-10th. According to PNWCA Executive Director Karen Sowers, canola growers, industry reps, and university faculty from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington will present a wide range of canola production topics and be available for live Q&A during and following each session. […]

Canola Continues To Draw Interest In The Northwest

Canola acreage continued to grow in 2020 across the Northwest. Pacific Northwest Canola Association Executive Director Karen Sowers says each of the four states reported year-over year growth, from an over 4% increase in Oregon to Washington’s 24% jump. “We’d like to think that people are seeing the benefits of the canola in their own […]

WSU Conducting Research On Possible Benefits From Pennycress

Researchers at Washington State University are taking part in a multi-institutional, nearly $13 million project on pennycress. Karen Sanguinet with WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences said it’s a common weed that isn’t suitable for human consumption, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. “We’re trying to look to see if pennycress could be a […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]

Value Of Washington Ag Comes In Under $10B

The value of agricultural production in Washington last year totaled $9.49 billion, a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. According to NASS apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state accounting for $1.96 billion last year, an 8% year over year drop. Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2019; while apples were […]

Northwest Canola Acreage Increases Year-Over-Year

According to the latest numbers from the USDA canola acreage in the northwest increase between 2019 and 2020. Not only did acreage increase year-over-year, but both Idaho and Washington hit all-time highs. And the Pacific Northwest now has three of the four top canola producing states the country. Idaho’s hit 46,484 planted acres this year, […]

North Idaho Stop Scheduled On Canola Tour

The PNWCA Canola Tour will swing through Craigmont, ID on Tuesday. The 9 a.m. event starts with the University of Idaho’s winter canola variety trials on Rigger’s farm just southeast of town. From there, the tour moves to the Zenner farm northwest of Craigmont. Each stop will include comments from the grower and brief presenations […]