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Winter Camelina

Fueling the future with a promising commodity

Profitability and environmental impacts can go hand-in-hand 

Looking for new revenue opportunities and access to a growing market? See how winter camelina fits with Cargill SourcePoint Commodities™ into complementing your crop rotation. Winter camelina is a cash crop used for oilseed production with added environmental benefits similar to an over winter cover crop. As a low-carbon oilseed, winter camelina addresses the growing need for renewable fuels across North America, providing farmers access to this new, dynamic market opportunity. 

What is winter camelina? 

Winter camelina is a mustard-type plant that is in the same family as canola and produces high concentrations of oil making it a great addition to Cargill SourcePoint Commodities. As an intermediate crop, it can be grown similar to a cover crop but harvested like a cash crop. Winter camelina is planted anytime from mid-September to mid-October and harvested late June/early July in the Upper Midwest, leaving time for another crop to be planted. This provides a multi-crop opportunity for farmers. Three cash crops in two years. 

Growing winter camelina in the Upper Midwest

Typical production dates (MN, ND, SD):

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Plant

Mid-September to mid-October

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Harvest

Mid-June to early July

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Plant additional crop

Same year as camelina harvest

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Growing winter camelina with Cargill 

 

Cargill is finishing the first year of a pilot project growing winter camelina as an intermediate oilseeds crop with a small number of farmers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Farmers have the opportunity to enroll in this year’s program beginning August 1, 2024. 

How it works:

  • You grow the camelina.
  • We buy your camelina for delivery at our West Fargo plant.
  • As a bonus, by trying this crop on new acres, you may be eligible to participate in additional soil and water conservation programs.

Working with industry partners

Since winter camelina is a relatively new crop in the upper Midwest, Cargill is collaborating with industry partners to help educate and support farmers as they look to integrate it into their operations. Read more here.