Our research and extension team has published a Pacific Northwest Extension bulletin on camelina stand establishment. The work was done across multiple environments in the Pacific Northwest ranging from arid eastern Washington to the wet Willamette Valley. The effects of planting date and method were examined in relationship to establishment of camelina stands and seed yield.
Here’s a new article on the adaptation and performance of camelina that will be published soon in Field Crops Research. Camelina is a Brassica family oil seed crop that has demonstrated potential for production in the Pacific Northwest and is thought to have a place as a rotation crop for small-grain cereals and grass seed crops. This work was led by Stephen Guy at Washington State University, a member of our research team.
Several key findings from the work include:
Planting camelina in the spring produced higher seed yields than planting in the fall.
Seed yields ranged up to 2948 lbs/acre across the four study sites.
With increasing seed yield, oil content of the seed was reduced.
Here’s a new article on nitrogen and sulfur nutrient management in camelina that has been published in Field Crops Research. Camelina is a Brassica family oil seed crop that has demonstrated potential for production in the Pacific Northwest. This work was led by Don Wysocki, OSU Extension Specialist located at Pendleton Oregon.
The study shows that camelina seed yield ranged widely across the four study sites in the Pacific Northwest due to differences in annual precipitation and soil available N. Applied N increased the seed yield of camelina at all sites except the very low rainfall Lind Washington site. The study was the first to show that oil content in the seed of camelina was not influenced by applied N and to report nitrogen use efficiency values for the crop. Seed yield was also not affected by applied sulfur.
Here’s a new article on camelina that my group has published in Field Crops Research. Camelina is a Brassica family oil seed crop that has demonstrated some potential in the Pacific Northwest. Click on the citation below to go to the article:
Camelina (Camelina sativa) is a new oilseed crop in the Pacific Northwest that can be grown as a feedstock for biodiesel and aviation fuel (jetfuel), to provide a needed rotation crop for grass seed producers in the Willamette Valley, and as a source of oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Camelina is adapted to production on marginal soils and low levels of agricultural chemical inputs. In addition, camelina does not cross pollinate with vegetable seed crops, eliminating the potential conflict among growers possible with other oilseed crops. Continue reading →
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Thomas G. Chastain, Ph.D.
Department of Crop and Soil Science
351C Crop Science Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3002