- Agronomic: general oil crops
- Crop Production: tissue analysis
- Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension
- Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study, agricultural finance
- Production Systems: agroecosystems
- Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, sustainability measures
Average yield of dryland camelina near Lingle, WY (371 lbs/ac) was less than in Montana (1,297 lbs/ac). Average winter wheat following camelina yielded 13% (MT) to 30% (WY) less than average yield of winter wheat following summer fallow. Camelina oil was utilized for on-farm biodiesel production and use in Otto, WY. Camelina coproducts (meal and crude glycerin) were determined to be suitable replacements for conventional corn-soybean meal supplements for developing replacement beef heifers. However, the economics for a single farm or small cooperative to adopt a dryland camelina-based production system are not compelling at this time.
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Objective I: Evaluate field production of camelina in Montana and Wyoming.
Objective II: Evaluate camelina oil for production of biodiesel.
Objective III: Evaluate camelina co-products in diets of developing replacement beef heifers.
Objective IV. Evaluate the ecological impact and economic potential of: (a) replacing camelina for fallow; (b) utilizing camelina as a feedstock for biodiesel; and (c) including camelina co-products in diets of developing replacement beef heifers.