Winter camelina matures earlier than spring camelina and can be harvested as early as the beginning of July.  |  File photo

Winter camelina could fill prairie rotation gap

An Agriculture Canada researcher has found a variety from the United States that can tolerate cold winters

Winter wheat acres are in a free fall. In 2015, prairie growers seeded about 680,000 acres of winter wheat. Since then, acres have consistently dropped, hitting 335,000 acres in 2018, based on Statistics Canada data. Much of the decline can be blamed on poor conditions in late summer and early autumn. Soils were perhaps too […] Read more

Holstein cows in a dairy barn at the University of Saskatchewan are part of a trial to determine what level of camelina ration in their diet is healthy and will produce higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids in their milk.  |  Tennessa Wild photo

Can camelina improve nature’s perfect food?

SASKATOON — The dairy cows at the University of Saskatchewan are eating camelina in hopes of enhancing milk quality. The Canadian Feed Research Centre is feeding the cow’s different percentages of meal and observing the effects. “Recent papers have shown that camelina can have a positive impact on milk fat qualities, so this would be […] Read more

Camelina prices are $10 to $12 per bushel, but input costs are significantly lower than canola. Camelina seed is about $20 per acre and nitrogen requirements are about half of canola.  |  File photo

Camelina acreage growing, but not fast enough

Aquaculture industry snapping up stocks of camelina oil for fish food while producers struggle to keep up with demand

This year, Saskatchewan is expected to grow about 5,000 acres of camelina, but growers and the industry will need to boost production soon to satisfy escalating demand. Smart Earth Seeds, a camelina production and plant breeding firm based in Vancouver, has developed customers in the aquaculture industry who want to buy camelina oil for fish […] Read more

Camelina’s tiny seeds can lie dormant over winter and create a volunteer crop the next year.  |  File photo

Volunteer camelina plants easy to eradicate: researcher

Not highly competitive | Weed treatments wipe out volunteers

Farmers might like camelina sativa for its big oilseed yields, but many worry about the large number of seeds the combine leaves behind. With 7,500 seeds per sq. metre missing the hopper, that could produce a massive weed crop in future years. However, a University of Alberta researcher says camelina growers can rest easy: the […] Read more