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Agronomic Research on Camelina: Unlocking Sustainable Crop Management Strategies for Enhanced Yield and Quality 

Michael J. Torres1, Mary Y. Jones2*, Emma R. DeLuca3 

1University of Nebraska-Roca, Roca, Nebraska, USA 

2University of Montana-Turtle Lake, Turtle Lake, Montana, USA 

3University of Saskatchewan-Alameda, Alameda, Saskatchewan, Canada 

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Camelina (Camelina sativa), commonly known as false flax or gold-of-pleasure, is a versatile oilseed crop gaining increasing attention in agricultural research due to its potential to meet the growing demand for sustainable sources of vegetable oils, biofuels, and animal feed. This study aimed to investigate various agronomic practices and their impact on the growth, yield, and oil quality of Camelina. Field trials were conducted over two growing seasons in a temperate climate region, examining the effects of different planting densities, irrigation regimes, and nutrient management strategies. Our results revealed that specific combinations of these agronomic practices significantly influenced Camelina growth and seed yield. Optimal results were achieved with moderate planting densities and judicious irrigation, which led to higher biomass production and seed yield. Furthermore, targeted nutrient management strategies resulted in improved oil quality with higher oleic acid content, making Camelina oil more suitable for diverse applications. In addition, the study examined the impact of Camelina cultivation on soil health, biodiversity, and potential economic benefits for farmers. The findings suggest that Camelina can be a sustainable alternative in crop rotation systems, benefiting both the environment and agricultural economies. This research contributes valuable insights into the agronomy of Camelina, providing a foundation for the development of sustainable and economically viable cropping systems. It emphasizes the importance of tailored agronomic practices in optimizing the yield and quality of Camelina seeds, supporting its potential as a multifaceted crop for a more sustainable and diversified agriculture. 

Funded by National Camelina Federation, Grant #1,231