Overview of Project

This project ended in 2009.

Funding for the ODA-OSU oilseeds project was initially provided by an Oregon Legislature Emergency Board grand and was funded by a specific base budget allocation to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Funding was provided so that ODA can obtain the information it needs to make informed decisions about canola production zones in the state. The following information is specifically sought as an outcome of research efforts and are primary project objectives. These main and sub-points were identified in 2006 Emergency Board authorization language:

  • Understanding interactions between canola and other specialty seed and vegetable crops grown in Oregon. Key areas of information need include isolation distances, flower synchrony, pollen flow, local weather and topological needed conditions for canola and specialty seed production. Specifically, need to better understand the threat of increased infestations of cabbage maggots and plant diseases on other vegetable crops.
  • Development of potential management strategies for production of canola crops while protecting the specialty seed and vegetable crop industry
    • Need a well-developed GIS system to identify areas of least risk to locate canola field trials and potential sites for future production where conflicts with vegetable seed and seed production are minimized.
    • Need better understanding of how to design and maintain isolation zones.
    • Need to better understand problems of cross-pollination and weedy establishment of volunteers.
  • Investigation of alternative oilseed crops that do not conflict with specialty seed and vegetable crop production and need updated enterprise budget for growing oilseeds in no- or low-till production systems.
  • Need a system to share oilseed information among researchers, industry, and agency personnel.