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Here's an email that Chris Thorson, who farms 6,400 acres in Central Saskatchewan, sent this week to some of his friends and neighbours:"It's been a bit of a harvest from hell! The combines were sitting a lot during one of many rain or snow delays. And it seemed like as soon as we got going (usually on a Sunday) another major breakdown happened within a couple hours! It's been a long one and I still have 3000 acres on the ground! That said, my Camelina is in the bin! See below for cost of production breakdown on this years Camelina...

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Smart Earth Camelina Corp. has been conventionally breeding innovative lines of the oilseed Camelina since 2005. We are experts in breeding and growing Camelina. We contract with growers across the Canadian prairies to produce our proprietary varieties of non-GMO Camelina. We have expertly bred a uniquely large seed size of Camelina to make it easier for farmers to grow and to harvest this crop, rich in health-promoting Omega3 fatty acids and high in vitamin E. We continue to focus on improving the overall Omega3/Omega6 oil profile of Camelina as well as the overall crop agronomics.Once the Camelina seed is harvested...

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If your horse is always grazing in pasture you can be pretty confident they will be getting enough essential fatty acids to maintain proper health. "Essential" means fatty acids that can't be produced by the body alone and so must be absorbed via food intake. Experts agree your horse needs a balance of these fatty acids: Omega3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and Omega6 linoleic acid (LA) - though the exact ratio hasn't been scientifically established. According to nutrition expert Dr. Juliet M. Getty if your horse is deficient, or improperly balanced in the Omegas, it can experience immune system and hormone...

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Research interest in Camelina is gathering steam and genotypes developed by Smart Earth Seeds affiliate Linnaeus Plant Sciences are at the forefront of some of the most recent scientific activity in Europe. An Italian study looked at how our Canadian-developed spring varieties of Camelina responded to being planted in autumn in the more moderate Mediterranean climate. Smart Earth Seeds/Linnaeus Plant Sciences Camelina was sown on six different dates at the experimental farm of Bologna University over two consecutive growing seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17). Three experiments were also carried out in a growth chamber testing various temperatures during the seed filling...

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The potential health benefits of adding more Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet has become the focus of a great deal of scientific research. This includes the role of Omega-3s in reducing heart and vascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and the neuropsychiatric pathologies of depression and anxiety, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.We have previously pointed to a recent study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland that favourably compares camelina with fish oil in reducing blood cholesterol levels in humans. As well as this important ongoing Finnish work on ALA and Camelina, a team of Egyptian researchers summarized several...

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Our human ancestors consumed Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. It is suggested this is the reason both ancient and modern hunter-gatherers were free of the modern inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes - the primary causes of death and morbidity today.

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Canada’s climate means horses can’t be grazing on outdoor pastures year-round. Adding Omega-3s to their diets helps to supplement their rations when they’re consuming dried hay instead of fresh grass, says a recent article in Farms.com. “It gives horses’ coats a nice glossy sheen, allows for healthy hair growth, and is good for their skin when they get itchy and dry in the winter from wearing blankets,” says Jenna Tranter of Four Corners Equestrian, who has been working with Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc. and subsidiary Smart Earth Seeds marketing Camelina oil for the equine marketplace. “This is especially important for...

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Omega3 supplements such as camelina can be helpful in reducing allergy-induced skin problems in horses, according to a recent article in The Horse magazine.The story, by equine nutrition consultant Clair Thunes, says "supplemental omega3 fat to your horse might very well help with inflammatory response being experienced due to allergies." Typically horses are fed 15 to 25 grams of camelina as a supplement, Thanes says.Thunes goes on to say that "while a horse’s natural diet of fresh grass is not particularly high in fat (2 to 4%), the fat that’s present is relatively high in omega3 fatty acids (as much...

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SASKATOON, SK - The finalists for this year’s ABEX awards have been announced. This is the 35th year for the annual Achievement in Business Excellence Awards. The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the event at TCU Place in Saskatoon. It will be held on October 20th.In the Community Involvement Award category, sponsored by Cogent Chartered Professional Accountants LLP, the finalists are: Lloydminster and District Co-operative Ltd., Crescent Point Energy, Wiegers Financial & Benefits, Affinity Credit Union, Fitness 2J2, and Avana Homes.In the Export Award category, sponsored by Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, the finalists are: Dutch Industries Ltd.,...

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A new study from the University of Eastern Finland suggests overall cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels in people with impaired glucose metabolism may be reduced by introducing Camelina oil into their diet. The study, published in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, looked at the association between eating fatty fish, lean fish, camelina oil and low grade inflammation ...

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Denis Keller first planted Midas brand Camelina on 170 acres of very marginal land a few miles north of Landis, Sask., in April 2014. It’s very sandy soil, near Goodspring Lake. “Kind of like beach sand,” he said, adding he seeded Camelina again in 2015 and 2016 and plans to grow it again this year. “That is probably the best ...

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Smart Earth Seeds has been listening to producers in various soil zones across Saskatchewan, asking them about their experience growing MIDAS brand Camelina. Last year Kyle Laturnus saw yields of about 30-35 bu/acre growing Camelina on his farm in the Tramping Lake area. His family farms northeast of the lake where the soil is on the sandier side of things. ...

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A new Canadian study confirms earlier research suggesting that camelina is more drought resistant than canola – paving the way for more prairie farmers to introduce the low-input oilseed into their regular rotations. “These results suggest that camelina is more tolerant to drought stress and potentially has greater adaptability to dryland production than canola,” said researchers Libiao Gao, Claude D. ...

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When Lori McCumber brought Rory to L & M Equestrian near Waterloo, Ont., the 5-year-old thoroughbred was a starvation case. But the positive turnaround she has seen in Rory’s overall health in just 30 short days is simply amazing, partly due to adding Camelina oil to the horse’s diet. Lori has been bringing rescue animals to her boarding and training ...

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Smart Earth Seeds was a proud silent auction sponsor at the recent London Horsemanship Club Awards. The LHC Annual awards brunch/banquet hosted 250 riders at Caradoc Sands in Strathroy, Ontario. One lucky member rode away with some Smart Earth Seeds Camelina Oil equine supplement! The London Horsemanship Club is a competition series held in North London at Woodacres Farm, hosting ...

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Smart Earth Seeds offers the finest quality cold-pressed filtered 100% non-GMO Camelina sativa oil. Our Camelina is grown from our own carefully-developed germplasm by great producers on the Canadian Prairies. Camelina is rich in Omega3 fatty acids and tocopherols in a ratio that is unique among vegetable oils. In recent years the potential health benefits of Camelina supplements for animals ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Included among a handwritten list of plant genera in Carl Linnaeus’s Manuscripta Medica Tom. I (1727 – 1730) we find Camelina! A distinguished scientist and doctor, the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus developed the binomial naming system of plants and animals with which we are all familiar. His work provides the fundamental framework for knowledge of the biota of the Earth, supporting effective ...

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Among the contemporary Agricultural Topics in Moore’s Rural New Yorker (Rochester) for the week ending Saturday September 3, 1864, is the question of the present value of Camelina sativa: Alonzo Hendrick writes: — “I send you, herewith, some yellow seed or false flax. Is it worth anything in market. I have often heard it said it was worth as much as flax ...

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Organic material from Viking settlements shows that the famous Old Norse seafarers and warriors produced bread from sieved flours of flax (Linum usitatissimum) and gold of pleasure (Camelina sativa). “The majority of surviving Swedish prehistoric bread can be dated to the later part of the Early Medieval Period (which in Sweden incorporates the Migration Period (400 -550 AD), the Vendel ...

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Here is a snippet about the extraordinary properties and uses of Camelina [Gold of Pleasure] oil that was prepared for the Confederate Army during the US Civil War. Resources Of The Southern Fields And Forests was written in 1863 by Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher to provide “scientific and popular knowledge as regards the medicinal, economical, and useful properties of the ...

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Here is an interesting reference to Camelina that is 200 years old. The Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature of the Encyclopeadia Perthensis, published in Edinburgh in 1816, was ‘Intended to Supersede the Other Books of Reference’ and is Illustrated with 370 Plates and Maps. Under the Letter M we find the term Myagrum or Gold of Pleasure … ...

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University of Illinois scientists have found compounds in Camelina that boost liver detoxification enzymes nearly fivefold – suggesting further studies should be undertaken to explore Camelina’s anti-cancer properties. “The bioactive compounds in Camelina sativa seed … are a mixture of phytochemicals that work together synergistically far better than they do alone. This seed meal is a promising nutritional supplement because ...

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You know that Camelina is rich in omega-3 fatty acid and α-linolenic acid. But what about the fact that Camelina was found in the digestive system of the ancient Tollund Man? The Tollund Man lived in the Pre-Roman Iron Age, 4th Cent BC. The body was found remarkably preserved in a Danish peat bog in the 1950s. Scientists discovered that his last meal ...

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Camelina is being included for the first time in Canada’s Advance Payments Program (APP), commonly known as the cash advance program. Western Canadian farmers can apply for a pre-harvest cash advance on actual seeded acres of Camelina, or, after the crop is in the bin, for a post-harvest advance of up to $400,000. The cash advance rate paid to Camelina growers ...

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Smart Earth Seeds contracted about 5,000 acres of Midas Camelina among Saskatchewan producers in 2014 – and we look forward to more success in the 2015 crop year. Smart Earth partnered with Chaplin Grain Corporation, an elevator in Chaplin, Sask., and Central Plains Co-op, who worked hand-in-hand with our growers. Smart Earth CEO Jack Grushcow said the company purposely contracted a relatively small crop because “we ...

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