Yield, Pests, and Water Use of Durum and Selected Crucifer Oilseeds in Two-Year Rotations – A. W. Lenssen, W. M. Iversen, U. M. Sainju, T. C. Caesar-TonThat, S. L. Blodgett, B. L. Allen, and R. G. Evans – Agronomy Journal – 2012
Summary: Current cropping systems in the USA may not be capable of producing adequate amounts of biofuel feedstock at competitive prices to petroleum. This Montana-based study (2007-2010) compared crop productivity, water balance, and key weed and arthropod pests of 2-yr oilseed-durum rotations under zero tillage. Rotations included durum with three Brassicaceae including camelina. Study found oilseed-durum rotations can be used for biofuel feedstock but long-term sustainability of 2-year rotations on yields and pest management requires further study.