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Camelina is a short-season crop; time from seeding to maturity is only 85 to 100 days. Camelina possesses very good frost tolerance in the seedling stage and the full-grown plants exhibit good drought tolerance. This makes it an attractive oilseed crop alternative for Saskatchewan, particularly in the lighter soils of the southwest. Resistance to flea beetles and black leg disease, as well as good shatter resistance, add to the agronomic benefits of this crop. Lower input costs make for competitive returns at low risk.
Targeted production scenarios
Being a drought tolerant crop, Camelina performs well on the lighter soils of the Prairies. It is well suited as a replacement for summerfallow in the brown soil zone in southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta, improving the farmer’s net return. Early maturity also makes Camelina a good fit in rotation with winter cereals, and the crop can be grown in any region with a short growing season such as the Peace River in northern Alberta or in northern British Columbia.
Depending on the individual farm, input costs as low as $100/acre can yield profits as high as $100/acre. With that, Camelina is an excellent cropping alternative for farmers that are looking to reduce the risk of production.
In Western Canadian trials between 2011 - 2013 our MIDAS Camelina yielded on average over 35 bu/acre, with seed yields over 50 bu/acre in the Peace River Region. Expected yields in southwestern Saskatchewan are 30 to 35 bu/acre on fallow and 24 to 28 bu/acre on stubble. Recent studies have shown that Camelina yields in dryland environments are higher than those of yellow mustard and often equal to or higher than those of canola. The average oil content of MIDAS Camelina is 41-42 percent.