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Posted on August 13, 2018 at 6:23 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/13/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Cover Crop that’s Hardy, Profitable and Environment Friendly?
Winter Camelina is the multi-beneficial cover crop with cash benefits moving into Minnesota. This amazing cover crop is currently being tested in trials in southern and western Minnesota, with surprisingly great yield results. Winter Camelina is designed to be planted late summer through mid-October into standing crops. It over-winters very well and can be harvested mid-June of the next season over the top of standing soybeans. For those growers that have canning crops or sweet corn, this is also seen as a great second crop after the canning crop has been harvested.
Camelina brings multiple benefits that include: improved water quality, better over-all soil health, spring erosion prevention, and early spring flowers for pollinators like bees. With very little fertilizer needed and low production costs for this cover crop, it will be something seriously looked at going forward.
Camelina is high in oil content and also the oil collected is high in omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s naturally healthful. The oil from the seeds has many possible uses ranging from fuels to foods. Research is going into using the oil in biodiesel and a possible alternate to jet fuel.
Many of us in Minnesota have never heard of such a product, nor have many processing companies. If we can figure out the gap between production and market, it could take off very quickly. More research is still being conducted to improve seed size, yield and oil content. With its multitude of possible uses in many industries extending into food, fuel, animal meal, and cosmetics, it could very quickly become part of everyday agriculture.
For more reading on this interesting crop, click the link below to be redirected.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of August 6 – August 10:
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist