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Recently published blog posts on our Camelina breeding and production community. Read to learn how researchers, growers, or even bees love Camelina.

Recently published blog posts on our Camelina breeding and production community. Read to learn how researchers, growers, or even bees love Camelina.

Camelina meal in Canadian dairy feeding trial

Camelina meal in Canadian dairy feeding trial
Eight Holstein cows in a dairy barn at the University of Saskatchewan will consume nearly five tonnes of Camelina meal to see if various inclusions of the diet will produce volumes of fine-tasting milk with healthy Omega3 nutrients. Rex Newkirk, Chair of Food Processing Technology in the Department of Animal Science and Poultry, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, said two experimental trials are underway to assess Camelina meal as feed for dairy cows. "The intention is to get Camelina meal approved as feed (by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency), said Newkirk. Results of the two studies will be peer reviewed and submitted to the CFIA. "There is some previous work showing the possible benefits of the fatty acid profile of the milk (from Camelina-fed cows)," he said. Indeed, recent European trials confirmed that concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-type fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) rose significantly in milk from...
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Camelina meal fed to hens increases Omega3 content of eggs

Camelina meal fed to hens increases Omega3 content of eggs
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved Omega3-boosting Camelina cake for inclusion in feed for laying hens, reports the Western Producer. Researchers recently told the Western Canada Poultry Research Workshop that a market for Camelina meal could lead to one million to two million acres of Canadian farmland being dedicated to growing this promising oilseed. Camelina seed is one-third oil and finding a use for the remaining meal — known as cake — has been the focus of research by Eduardo Beltranena and his Alberta Agriculture colleague Matt Oryschak over the past four years, Alberta Farm Express reported. The research was conducted with seed supplied by Smart Earth Seeds. Oryschak and Beltranena worked on the application to CFIA seeking approval for use of Camelina meal in hen diets. They said that adding Camelina to a laying hens diet can increase the Omega3 content of the eggs. Their research by The Poultry Research...
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Dairy cows fed Camelina produce healthier milk, study says

Dairy cows fed Camelina produce healthier milk, study says
Dairy cows fed Camelina as a replacement for sunflower meal produce healthier milk, a recent study shows. The research, by a team at the school of veterinary science at the University of Bucharest, found that partial or full replacement of sunflower meal with Camelina meal didn't have any negative impact on the ability of dairy cows to produce milk. But valuable concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega6 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) were improved significantly when Camelina meal was fed as a replacement. Concentrations of saturated fatty acids also significantly decreased. "In conclusion, the vegetal ingredients rich in PUFA have beneficial effects on milk  quality which in turn improves the health states of consumers," the research team said. This work complements earlier research by Daniel Mierlita and Simona Iona Vicas, published in the South African Journal of Animal Science, that found dietary supplementation with Camelina seed increased the oxidative...
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Camelina at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show

Camelina at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show
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, Saskatchewan, has become Western Canada's premier agricultural industry showcase. This is the third year Smart Earth Seeds presented trend-setting information about Camelina at the Crop Production Show. Camelina is a good fit in rotation with winter cereals such as winter wheat and fall rye. Depending on the individual farm, net profits can be $100/acre or more due to good yields and low input costs. This year, Camelina is included in the Saskatchewan Seed Guide (p. 26): http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/20/83845-Varieties-Grain-Crops-2016.pdf  We're excited to talk about Camelina's place in the market and its' many...
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An agronomic miracle: Camelina overcomes the toughest growing conditions

An agronomic miracle: Camelina overcomes the toughest growing conditions
Denis Keller planted Midas brand Camelina on 120 acres of very marginal land a new 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 crops. Previous efforts to grow barley had been anything but successful. So no one was really very surprised when drought-like conditions persisted in the early summer and nothing happened - no crop emerged - not even much in the way of weeds. "He asked if he was even going to get weeds growing there," said Garry. "It was so dry that even the weeds weren't up." By June a few patches of cleavers (Galium aparine) were spotted in a few corners and Denis decided he might as well hit them with glyphosate...
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