MBOLD is partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative to evaluate and build market opportunities for camelina.
Cover crops like winter camelina can be a valuable tool for building soil health and enhancing water stewardship – and offering a new income stream for growers. MBOLD is partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative to evaluate and build market opportunities for camelina, which can be integrated into the corn/soy rotations that are common in our region.
Today, we’re pleased to share this new report that assesses how winter camelina can impact the farmer’s bottom line, a critical factor for any grower when considering income diversification opportunities. The study estimates that under a reasonable set of scenarios camelina could drive a net increase in farm profitability of roughly $40 per acre.
Those returns could be a valuable contribution to Upper Midwest farm profitability, which has often hovered around break-even. Further improvements to crop genetics and agronomic best practices will be key to building opportunities for camelina to scale up and find its place in the market for biofuels, animal feed, bioplastics and food.