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Written by Brian Talamantes   

Camelina as a biofuel

A new study by researchers from Colorado State University as well as the University of Colorado looks at production of camelina and conversion to biofuel for farm use.

Camelina is a flowering plant of the mustard family that is grown as an oilseed crop. It has a short growing season and is well suited to higher elevation and drier climates like those found in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

The study found that taking into account first year costs, risk from drought and other inputs, farmers could break even from converting camelina to biofuel if diesel prices are $4.35 per gallon or more. When diesel is less than $3.40 per gallon, they stand to make more selling camelina meal as a livestock feed.

More information about the study can be found at instaar.colorado.edu.


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 Holyoke Enterprise August 15, 2013