Conservation Education, Cover Crops Series - Issue 6
How is Winter Camelina planted?
Plant at a depth of 1/4"
For best growth, plant between mid-July and mid-October
Planting rates will vary based on method of seeding and use, but should be in 1-5 lb/acre range
Bred to be winter-hardy into the cool northern climates of the Upper Midwest
Winter camelina as a cash crop
Camelina contains roughly 35 to 45% oil in its seed
Oil is commonly used in pet food, and is currently being researched for future use as industrial biofuel or bioplastics
Camelina will bolt in the spring and mature in June when seeds can be harvested
What are the benefits of Winter Camelina?
Winter camelina will provide cover and reduce the amount of erosion and will break up soil compaction with its taproot that reaches deep into the soil profile.
Camelina helps eliminate nitrate and phosphorus contamination in surface and groundwaters.
Flowers of camelina will provide nectar and pollen to pollinators in the spring.
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