Winter Canola as a Cover Crop and Renewable Energy Source

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $11,898.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:
Steve Tennes
The Country Mill

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: canola


  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency, energy use

    Proposal summary:

    Winter canola can be double cropped with short season vegetable crops and then used as a renewable energy source. Canola seeds are pressed on the farm allowing diesel engines to run on canola oil while the leftover seed residue is burned to generate on-farm heat.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.