New Winter Camelina
Winter Camelina is a short-season brassica in the mustard family that matures in 85 to 100 days and can be very winter-hardy.
Camelina can be grown as a summer annual oilseed crop or as a winter annual.
Producers use Camelina as a cover crop ahead of corn or soybeans as it scavenges Nitrogen and Phosphorous.
Camelina can be used as an oilseed crop in late June and can be used for bio-diesel.
Camelina can grow up to 3 feet tall and has stems that harden as they mature.
Camelina seeds are small with a rougher texture. Stems are generally smooth or only sparsely hairy near their base. Leaves 2-3 inches long with smooth edges.
It produces small, pale yellow or greenish-yellow flowers with 4 petals.
Oil content of Camelina seed, on a dry weight basis, is typically between 30 and 40 percent.
Camelina responds well under droughtier conditions in initial trials did not perform as well on wet and
poorly drained soils.
Camelina should be seeded 1/4″ depth or less in a firm seed bed in early spring or fall.
Camelina has no seed dormancy.
Camelina works very well following small grains or lentils.
Camelina should not be planted following other Brassica crops, mustard or canola, as this will increase risks of diseases and pest problems that affect Camelina and other species in the brassica/mustard families.