Camelina: A New Oilseed Crop for Permanent No-Till Systems in The Northeast

Camelina (Camelina sativa) is a widely adaptable oilseed crop native to Eastern Europe, but can also be grown in the U.S. This oilseed contains 30 to 40% oil that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Low input crop adaptable to some of the poorer soils of NW Pennsylvania. Field production and agronomics approach: Work with Ernst Seeds to establish 40 to 70 acres of camelina, including two newly released cultivars. Seed stock will be obtained from Montana. Enough seed for an additional 250 acres will be secured for additional on-farm production with selected interested growers. Establish field plots on at least five NW farms. Establish strip test of broadcast and no-till seeding methods. Replicate four times in two fields. Establish strip tests with variable nitrogen (and sulfur) fertilization rates. Replicate four times in two fields Evaluate yields using commercial harvesting equipment. Estimate biomass production, ground cover, harvest date, etc. Develop protocols for combining with minimal losses. Assessment for use as poultry feed: Feeding experiments based on established standards. Potential benefits for broilers may include a lower cost diet, benefits for bird health or growth potential, and a meat product with higher vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced lipid peroxidation than controls. Assessment for use in biodiesel production: Lake Erie Biofuels will test six samples of oil, two from each on three different cultivars of Camelina.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research, Biobased Research


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension

  • Principal Investigators:

    Dowler, David

  • Start Date: 20080701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25229

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  • Accession Number: 01572256
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2015 1:01AM