New crops for Nebraska
March 18, 2008
One of the consequences of the biofuels boom is that some secondary crops are becoming far more profitable than ever before. Several oilseed crops, including sunflower, canola, and camelina
are gaining in popularity for use not only as cooking and food oils, but also as potential sources for biofuels
themselves. Significantly, many of these oilseed plants require considerably less irrigation than corn and can be higher in oil content
than soybeans. Biodiesel
production is going to represent an important component of the water-consumption picture throughout the Midwest.
last revised March 2008