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Department of Agronomy

Department of Agronomy
Kansas State University
2004 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506-0110

Ph: +1-785-532-6101
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Michael Stamm

Stamm, Michael

Associate Agronomist | Canola breeder

3702 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-3871
Fax: 785-532-6094
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Biography and Education


Michael Stamm is an associate agronomist and canola breeder in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. He directs the canola breeding and research program and is the coordinator of the National Winter Canola Variety Trial. The overall objective of his research program is to improve adaptability and performance of winter canola in the southern Great Plains. Under his leadership, the program has released one germplasm line, three conventional winter canola varieties, and two Roundup Ready varieties.

Through participation in the Great Plains Canola Association and the U.S. Canola Association, Mr. Stamm has been instrumental in bringing crop insurance, a regional market, and other risk management tools to southern Great Plains canola growers. Through partnerships with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Mr. Stamm and the canola research team coordinate production schools, field tours, and field days throughout the growing season. These hands-on activities have resulted in record planted canola acres in the state and region.

Mr. Stamm is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and Gamma Sigma Delta. He is an active participant in the Regional Technical Advisory Committee for the NC 7 Multi-state Research Project – Plant Germplasm and Information Management and Utilization.


M.S. Plant Breeding, Kansas State University, 2003
B.S. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2001

Staff and Students


The objective of the canola breeding and research program is to advance winter canola as a viable oilseed and/or grazing crop for farmers in the southern Great Plains. The program focuses on winter canola variety development, germplasm enhancement, and improved production practices. Considering there are few public winter canola breeding programs in the United States, a unique opportunity exists to promote winter canola production and to increase acres. The southern Great Plains has a goal of 1.5 million planted acres by 2018.

Diverse germplasm is essential for plant breeders to continually improve cultivars. Additionally, farmers desire high-quality genetics as they face production challenges and shifting societal needs, including a rapidly changing bio-energy industry, climate change, and demands for healthier food. The canola breeding program relies heavily upon U.S. and overseas germplasm sources to increase the genetic diversity and climate resiliency of the cultivars grown in the region.

Traits of importance include improved winter survival, sulfonylurea herbicide carryover tolerance to allow planting after wheat, yield potential, oil quality and quantity, glyphosate resistance, forage quality, disease and pest tolerance, and shatter resistance.

In addition, coordination of the National Winter Canola Variety Trial (NWCVT) is a significant activity of the program. The NWCVT was established to permit testing of commercial cultivars and advanced experimental lines and hybrids in a wide range of geographic settings. Information obtained from these trials helps seed developers determine what experimental products should be released as new varieties and where those varieties can be profitably marketed. Producers use the information to make informed variety selections.

Additional Links for Mr. Stamm's Research


Canola Production

Canola Varieties

National Winter Canola Variety Trial

For more information on winter canola variety trials, please review our web page for KS Crop Performance Tests | Canola and Cotton


Holman, J., Maxwell, S., Stamm, M., and Martin, K. 2011. Effects of planting date and tillage on winter canola. Online. Crop Management doi:10.1094/CM-2011-0324-01-RS.

Stamm, M. J. Buck, C. Godsey, W. Heer, J. Holman, J. Johnson, J. Krall, M. O’Neill, C. Rife, D. Santra, J. Sij, D. Spradlin, D. Starner. 2011. Riley Canola. Kans. Ag. Exp. St. and Coop. Ext. Ser., Manhattan, KS. L-929.

Stamm, M., S. Dooley, S. Angadi, D. Auld, R. Bacon, A. Berrada, H. Bhardwaj, P. Cabot, S. Casteel, E. Cebert, G. Cramer, H. Darby, V. Davis, D. Day, D. Delaney, N. Dunford, Enjalbert, J-N., R. Freed, J. Gassett, M. Gilmer, C. Godsey, K. Grady, J. Hagan, J. Hain, W. Heer, J. Holman, S. Hulbert, B. Johnson, J. Johnson, B. Kirksey, R. Kochenower, J. Krall, D. Ladd, J. Lamle, K. Larson, E. Lentz, C. Mansfield, H. Mason, J. Nachtman, P. Nelson, M. O’Neill, C. Owen, C. Pearson, S. Quiring, J. Rickertsen, C. Rife, A. Sebilius, M. Schmidt, C. Schmidt, R. Schrock, J. Sij, D. Spradlin, D. Starner, C. Trostle, K. Tungate, J. Valliant, and G. Ware. 2011. 2010 National Winter Canola Variety Trial. Rep. Prog. 1044, Kans. Ag. Exp. St. and Coop. Ext. Serv., Manhattan, KS.