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Department of Agronomy

Michael Stamm

Michael Stamm


Canola Breeder
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Kansas State University
3702 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-3871
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Biography & 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 four conventional winter canola varieties and four 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 these partnerships, 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, the Soil Science Society of America, the National Plant Breeders Association, and Gamma Sigma Delta. He is an active participant in the Regional Technical Advisory Committee for the NC 7 Multi-state Research Project – Conservation, Enhancement, Management, and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources.

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



  • Tian, H., L. Wei, V. Kucerac, M.J. Stamm, and S. Hu. 2016. Phenotypic diversity of rapeseed accessions from different geographic locations. Oil Crop Sci. 1:9-20.
  • Stamm, M., S. Dooley, S. Angadi, A. Asfeld, B. Baldwin, T. Beedy, S. Begna, J. Bell, A. Berrada, H. Bhardwaj, M. Blair, I. Braden, J. Brown, J. Bushong, B. Caldbeck, C. Caldbeck, E. Cebert, G. Cramer, J. Damicone, H. Darby, J. Davis, J. de Koff, D. Delaney, P. DeLaune, D. Elvin, E. Eriksmoen, A. Esser, J. Gassett, M. Gilmer, S. Gulick, D. Hathcoat, M. Henninger, T. Higgins, J. Holman, K. Hunter, J. James, B. Johnson, J. Johnson, T. Johnston, H. Jordan, P. Lange, K. Larson, D. Lee, J. Lofton, C. Mansfield, S. Maxwell, J. Morrison, L. Murdock, J. Nachtman, C. Neely, C. Pearson, T. Pierson, C. Rife, B. Rushing, D. Santra, R. Schrock, J. Shockey, T. Thomas, W. Thomason, C. Trostle, G. Ware, D. West, M. Wingerson, and S. Ziegler. 2016. 2015 National Winter Canola Variety Trial. SRP1125. Kans. Ag. Exp. St. and Coop. Ext. Ser., Manhattan, KS.
  • Stamm, M., G. Cramer, S.J. Dooley, J. Holman, D. Phillips, C. Rife, and D.K. Santra. 2015. Registration of ‘Griffin’ winter canola. J. Plant Reg. 9:144-148. doi:10.3198/jpr2014.05.0037crc.
  • Assefa, Y., K.L. Roozeboom, and M.J. Stamm. 2014. Winter canola yield and survival as a function of environment, genetics, and management. Crop Sci. 54:2303-2313.


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.

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