Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Camelina @ Agricultural Marketing Resource Center


Camelina is an oilseed that is getting attention for its Omega 3 nutritional attributes and as a possible, affordable source for biodiesel. It contains about 34 to 36 percent Omega 3 oil. Camelina is an annual that originated in Northern Europe. A member of the mustard family, it is also known more as a weed with names like false flax, gold of pleasure and leindotter.

Camelina is well suited for marginal soils. According to Montana State University research, camelina has a lower break-even cost compared to wheat and canola. The seed can be broadcast or drilled. Montana State University trials indicate seed rates of 2.5 to 3 pounds per acre. The seeds are dense and small at 345,000 to 465,000 seeds per pound. Yields vary depending on soils and rainfall. Based on Montana State research, camelina will average 1,800 to 2,200 pounds per acre under 16 to 18 inch rainfalls. Yields drop with less rainfall and increase when using irrigation. Montana State University suggests including camelina in a three- or four-year crop rotation. Camelina byproducts are being studied as feed sources for fish, chickens and cattle. In addition to Montana, camelina is grown in Slovenia, Ukraine, China, Finland, Germany and Austria.


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