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Camelina at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show

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Thanks to everyone who visited our Smart Earth Seeds booth at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show again this year. We were pleased to meet producers and to offer the very latest information about how to best grow Camelina, and to describe its many functions and uses. The show, held this year from January 11-14 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, …

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An agronomic miracle: Camelina overcomes the toughest growing conditions

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Denis Keller planted Midas brand Camelina on 170 acres of very marginal land a few miles north of Landis, Sask., last April. It’s very sandy soil, near Goodspring Lake. “Kind of like beach sand,” said Garry Graham, agronomist with Central Plains Co-operative in Rosetown. Friends and relatives told Denis that this particular pasture land was not really fit for growing …

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Camelina offers a sustainable solution for global aquaculture

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It seems ironic but a solution to the overfishing crisis in the worlds’ oceans can be directly tied to the productivity and ingenuity of dryland farmers in Western Canada. A new research study confirms that meal and oil derived from the oilseed plant Camelina sativa can effectively substitute for oil and meal in fish feed. This has major implications for the …

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UPDATED: Camelina contracts for late-seeding Saskatchewan growers

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Smart Earth Seeds contracted about 5,000 acres of Midas Camelina among Saskatchewan producers last season and in 2015 we extended the contracting window as producers contemplated late seeding or re-seeding following frost and heavy rains. We are very happy to be working with our growers again this year, and plan on a successful season with this low-input, short season oilseed that matures in just …

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Camelina feed, meal and oil shows potential to improve animal products

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An oilseed hat-trick: Camelina seed, meal and oil fed to chickens, goats and fish makes for healthier animal products, a growing body of research suggests. In one Romanian university study it was shown that goats whose feed is supplemented with Camelina produce milk that is healthier for humans. The study by Daniel Mierlita and Simona Iona Vicas, published in the South …

Bees love those pretty yellow camelina flowers

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Researchers have found winter-grown camelina works very well as a forage resource for bees combing for nectar on sparse ground in early spring. Scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture planted pennycress, canola and camelina to see how bees responded to their early spring blooms. “All three cover crops had high insect visitation during their anthesis periods,” says a …

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Camelina resists 5 common insect pests of canola

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A team of Saskatoon researchers has found that Camelina seems to naturally resist 5 common insect pests that often plague the Canola crop. The study, published in The Canadian Entomologist, found that Camelina suffered little feeding damage from various crucifer-feeding flea beetles, root maggots or diamondback moths. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers reported that diamondback moths laid fewer eggs on Camelina …

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Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Meal in Canada

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Smart Earth Seeds is pleased to announce that Camelina meal has been approved for the first time in Canada for use in broiler chicken feed. Smart Earth Seeds is the leading global Camelina enterprise and has been working to develop Camelina as a valuable new oilseed rotation crop in Western Canada. Thanks to the efforts of the University of Saskatchewan, Department …

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Smart Earth Seeds at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show

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Coming to a Crop Show near you … Smart Earth Seeds is pleased to be attending the Western Canadian Crop Production Show again this year, where we offer producers the very latest information about how to best grow the exciting oilseed crop Camelina, and describe its many functions and uses. The show, from January 12-15, 2015, at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, …

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What’s in a Name? Synonyms for Camelina sativa

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In many languages Camelina is simply …. Camelina. Camelina may also be called: gold-of-pleasure, caméline de l’Ouest, linseed dodder, petit lin, camelina pilosa, false flax, Hryst [Serbian], Lnicznik [Polish], sésame d’Allemagne, big seed false flax, Tuder [Estonian], large seeded false flax, caméline ciliée, Рыжик посевной [Russian], caméline faux-lin, western false flax, wild flax, Dutch flax, faux-lin, petit lin, sésame bâtard, Leindotter, Saat-Leindotter, dodder …