Pacific Region Bioenergy Partnership

    -- Studies, Fact Sheets and Reports

The information to grow oilseed crops by type and rain fall zone/climate area is partially developed in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to this oilseed crops website, the University of Idaho, Brassica Breeding and Research website has a wealth of information regarding oilseed crop varieties, agronomy, and research and development of superior oil crops for biodiesel and other uses. Readers of this webpage are also encouraged to review the University of Idaho's website.

East of the Cascades, rainfall zones are: 1) 7 to 13 inches (dry); 2) 13 to 20 inches (intermediate); and 3) 20 inches and above. Some of this work was done in the early 1980s. Other work is more recent. The Pacific Region Biomass Energy Partnership has begun collecting and organizing these various studies, fact sheets and reports. Additions are welcome. Please contact Dave Sjoding at or call 360-956-2004.

Oilseed Economics/Enterprise Budgets
Report Author Date
Oilseeds and Washington's Bioenergy Initiative Mary Beth Lang, Washington State Department of Agriculture 2011
Whitman Conservation District Crushing and Cost-Share Kimberly Morse, Whitman Conservation District 2011
Washington State Biofuel Cropping Opportunities and Challenges Bill Pan, Washington State University 2011
Crop Insurance Options for Oilseed Crops Jonquil Rood, Risk Management Agency 2011
Economic Returns to Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington Nathan Skuza and Vicki McCracken, Washington State University 2011
Oilseed Crops and Farm Programs Kathy Wolfe, USDA-FSA Colfax 2011
World Oilseed Prices Foreign Agricultural Service April 2006
Economics of Spring Canola Kathleen Painter, Herbert Hinman & Dennis Roe 2006
Economics of Dryland Winter Canola in Eastern Washington and Oregon Kathleen Painter & Dennis Roe 2006
Canola Enterprise Budgets in Excel by crop type and climate/rainfall zone Kathleen Painter 2006

Growing the Crops
Type of crop Climate and rainfall area or rotational Crop type Author Date
Biofuel Variety Trials Central Washington H.P. Collins, R. Boydston, A. Alva, A.N. Hang, S. Fransen & P. Wanderschnieder 2005
Brassicas (general)
Herbicide Plantback Restrictions and Potential Residual Problems   Jared Bell, Washington State University 2011
Irrigation Management of Oilseed Crops (Canola, Camelina, Safflower) in Eastern Washington   Hal Collins, USDA-ARS Prosser, An Hang, Karen Sowers and Bill Pan, Washington State University 2011
Oilseed Variety Selection   Jim Davis and Jack Brown, University of Idaho 2011
Camelina - A Potential New Oilseed For Washington, Idaho and Oregon   Stephen Guy, Washington State University and Jim Davis, University of Idaho 2011
Seeding Technology of Oilseed Crops   David Huggins, USDA-ARS Pullman 2011
Stand Establishment of Oilseed Crops (camelina data)   Bill Schillinger, WSU Lind Field Station 2011
Weed Management Strategies in Oilseed Crops   Joe Yenish, formerly with WSU; Frank Young, USDA-ARS; and Ian Burke, Washington State University 2011
Outcrossing Potential for Brassica Species Willamette Valley James R. Meyers 2006
Pursuit Carryover Damage on Spring Canola and Mustard (photos)   Jim Davis and Jack Brown, University of Idaho 2011
Winter Canola Feasibility in Rotation with Winter Wheat   Aaron Esser, WSU 2011
Re-evaluating Fertility Recommendations for Canola: The Nitrogen Catch and Release Crop   Ashley Hammac, Rich Koenig and Bill Pan; Washington State University 2011
Is it Possible Canola Will Work for You?   Bob Hutchens, Dayton, WA 2011
How to Feed Your Canola   Tom Jensen, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Saskatoon, SK 2011
Harvesting Canola with a Pusher (photos)   Kevin Lyle, Connell 2011
Canola experiment on Pursuit Ground   Rich Olson, Garfield, WA 2011
Stand Establishment of Irrigated Winter Canola (photos)   Jeff Schibel, Odessa, WA 2011
Economic Returns to Canola Rotations in Eastern Washington   Nathan Skuza and Vicki McCracken, Washington State University 2011
Insect and Disease Pests of Canola   Dale Whaley, Washington State University 2011
Introducing Winter Canola in the Wheat-Fallow Region of North Central WA   Frank Young and Larry McGrew, USDA-ARS Pullman; Dennis Roe, Karen Sowers and Eric Zakariason, WSU 2011
Canola as a Rotational Crop in a Washington Cropping System Dryland -East of Cascades An N. Hang 1995
Water Requirements for Winter Canola Irrigated Central Washington An N. Hang 1993
Growth and Nutrient Uptake of Winter Canola at Pendleton, Oregon Dryland eastern Oregon Don Wysocki, Nick Sirovatka & Sandy Ott 2005
Mustard Green Manures - Publications
This website provides a number of publications on growing mustard as a cover crop/biofunigant. It is not directly oilseed crop focused.
Irrigated Central Washington Andy McGuire  
Winter Rapeseed Research Program in Washington State Central Washington An H. Hang & G.C. Gilliland 1987
Control of the Columbia Root-Knot Nematode Using Rapeseed and Sudangrass Green Rotational crop - Potatoes G.S. Santo, H. Mojtahedi, A.N. Hang & J.H. Wilson 1991
Performance of Spring and Winter Rape (Brassica spp.) in Central Washington Central Washington An N. Hang & G.C. Gilliland 1982
Planting Date Effects on Yield and Quality of Oilseed (Brassica spp.) Central Washington An H. Hang & G.C. Gilliland 1984
Potential Role of Winter Rapeseed Culture on the Epidemiology of Potato Leaf Central Washington P.E. Thomas, An N. Hang, Gary Reed, G.C. Gilliland & Guy Reisenauer 1993
Rapeseed (Brassica napus) Green Manure Crop Suppresses Weeds in Potato (Solanum Rotational crop - Potatoes Rick A. Boydston & An N. Hang 1995
Deficit Sprinkler Irrigation of Sunflower and Safflower Irrigated Central Washington A.N. Hang & D.W. Evans 1985
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) - A Potential Oilseed Crop for Washington Eastern and central dryland of Washington An N. Hang & S.E. Ullrich 1982