Harvesting Camelina with a Stripper Head

Camelina is an oilseed crop that can be used to make biodiesel, it also has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, over 50% of the fatty acids in cold pressed Camelina oil are polyunsaturated, the oil is very rich in natural antioxidants, the by products can be used as a very protein rich feed source for cattle. Camelina
Camelina grows well on marginal land and uses little water and fertilizer.
Camelina is planted in March and harvested in late July most years, even in Northern climates.
It attains heights of 1 to 3 feet and has branched stems that become woody at maturity. Leaves are arrow-shaped, sharp-pointed and about 3 inches long with smooth edges. Seed pods are the size and shape of a small pea. The seeds are very small, amounting to about 400,000 seeds per pound, and they are 40 percent oil, compared to 20 percent with soyabeans.
Camelina has been harvested successfully with a Stripper Header in Montana and in Nevada.

Drue Key Camelina 047Very little changes were done to either combine to harvest Camelina, in Nevada the Stripping rotor was run at approximately 430rpm, which left most of the stalk in the field, ground speed was also increased to 4.5mph, instead of around 1.5mph with a convential header.





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