Research Program: Agronomy
The goal of the agronomy research effort is to help advance the production of oilseeds in the Columbia Plateau region of the Pacific Northwest and supply feedstock for advanced biofuel, which is expected to be in great demand in the near future. Brassica plant species have potential to be grown as dryland oilseed crops to diversify the traditional winter wheat-summer fallow (WW-SF) system in the largest, driest portion of this region.
The direct customers of this research are growers who are keenly interested in optimal rotation strategies for integrating oilseed crops into WW-SF and deriving bio-economic benefits of rotating oilseed crops with winter wheat. Research findings on economic returns and risk of oilseed production under water-limited conditions will be supplied to growers, crushers, biorefiners, and policy makers. Governments, general public, and interest groups will have information concerning the environmental and economic implications of different cropping systems used to produce food and biofuel feedstocks.