T. G. Chastain, C.J. Garbacik, and D.J. Wysocki

Camelina pods nearing maturity (T.G. Chastain photo)

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.
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