24 April 2015 – Farmers in North Dakota looking for a new oil seed to add to their rotation have planted Brassica carinata, a potential feedstock for the ASTM-approved HEFA process to make alternative jet fuel. Agrisoma Biosciences, a Canadian seed producer, collaborated with North Dakota farmers to plant 4,000 acres of B. carinata. Within three days, they had exceeded this goal and formed a new goal of to plant 6,000 acres of the oil crop.
Christine Bliss of the University of Florida introduced B. carinata to farmers as similar to other oil crops, but with the advantage of producing more and better quality oil with high amino acid content. Outputs from North Dakota will contribute toward Agrisoma Biosciences’ goal for a yield of 50,000 acres.
Read about this and other alternative feedstock efforts here.