The University of Minnesota, USDA and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute are evaluating the potential of camelina as an alternative crop. Extension agronomist Scott Wells sees camelina as a way to complement corn and soybean production. “If you want to grow corn and soybeans, you should be able to grow corn and soybeans. We want to provide you with the germplasm that can and agronomic management that does not hurt your corn and soybean yields, but provides you new value chain and protects the environment.” Camelina is being evaluated in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Camelina is crushed for its high oil content and is suitable for a variety of food uses.
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