Along with four days of winter canola field tours scheduled April 11-14 throughout Oklahoma (see below), Oklahoma State University Extension canola specialist Josh Bushong says producers should be aware of three other important dates.

On April 28, OSU will host its annual winter canola field day at the OSU North Central Research Station near Lahoma. The field day begins that morning and ends with a provided lunch, he said.

"This occasion will offer more detailed information than we will discuss during the four-day field tours," Bushong said.

The Seventh Annual Winter Canola Conference will be held July 19 at the Hoover Building in Enid. A similar conference will be held the next day, July 20, at Cameron University, Lawton, in the Student Union ballroom.

 "No fees will be charged for any of these meetings," he said.

Oklahoma winter canola field tours will be held April 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2011.

The April 11 tour will begin at 10 a.m. in Alfalfa County, one and-a-half miles east of Burlington, then south and take the first drive on the west side of the road.  

Another tour is scheduled at 2 p.m. the same day in Kingfisher County, seven and-a-half miles west of the Highway 81 and 33 intersection in Kingfisher, then three miles south.

At 5 p.m. that day a tour is scheduled for Canadian County, in El Reno. Go east of the Highway 81 and 66 intersection, then turn north on Spur Lane.

April 12, in Harmon/Jackson County, the tour is scheduled five miles west of Duke. Plots are on the north side of the road. At 1 p.m., a tour starts in Comanche County at the northeast corner of Lee Blvd. and Sheridan Road in Lawton. At 3 p.m. in Cotton County the tour will be eight miles west of Walters, then 4 and-three-quarters miles south. Plots are on the east side of road.

A tour in Stephens County begins at 6 p.m., three miles west of Comanche, then three miles south. Plots are on the west side of road.

April 13 at 9 a.m. a tour is scheduled for Noble County, five miles east of Perry, two miles south, then three-quarters of a mile east. Plots are on south side of road. At 1 p.m. in Oklahoma County, the tour is set one-and-a half miles south of I-40 and Council Road in Oklahoma City, then east one-quarter mile.

A Grady County tour is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the OSU South Central Research Station in Chickasha. Plots are on south side of the shop. At 6:30 p.m. in Caddo County a tour is planned for the OSU Caddo Research Station by Ft. Cobb Lake. Plots are on the west side of the road.

April 14 at 9 a.m. in Dewey County the tour will stop on Highway 47, nine-and-a-half miles west of Highway 183. Plots are on the north side of road. At 1 p.m. in Blaine County, seven miles south of Okeene, then one mile west the tour will stop at plots on north side of road.  At 3:30 p.m. in Major County four miles east of Fairview, the plots will be on north side of road.

The final tour stop will be 6:30 p.m. in Garfield County, four miles west of Hunter. Plots are on the north side of road.

Each day of the tour visitors will hear a discussion of winter canola pest control, varieties, fertility, harvesting and marketing.

OSU participants will be Bushong, Mark Boyles, Brian Arnall and Chad Godsey. Heath Sanders, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill agronomist, and a representative from ADM/Northern Sun will also give presentations.