S_TEMP1742: Review and Coordination of Oilseed Rape Research Programs in the Southern Region (IEG-55)
Statement of Issues and JustificationOilseed rape/canola, primarily Brassica napus, is a major oilseed crop worldwide. Since approval of canola oil for sale in the U.S. in 1985, there has been considerable interest in producing canola as a winter crop in the southern region. SERA-IEG 11 was formed in 1991 to provide a forum for information exchange and to coordinate activities of research and extension programs directed at canola production in the southern region. The southern region has a number of advantages for canola production including mild temperatures and adequate rainfall favorable for winter production, presence of existing crushing facilities, access to export facilities, and potential for double cropping. Low commodity prices, lack of adapted varieties, lack of effective pest control measures, agronomic production problems, and lack of local markets are major reasons why canola production in the South has not exceeded 25,000 acres per year. With more realistic expectations, there still is considerable potential for expanded canola production in the southern region. Recent interest in canola as a source for biodiesel and high commodity prices has greatly increased interest in growing canola in the southern region. Much progress has been made in improving canola varieties and production and pest control systems. Continuation of the Information Exchange Group is essential to continue this rapid progress.
Last Modified: 20-Jun-2007
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