State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2009CO186B
Title: Development of Oilseed Crops for Biodiesel Production Under Colorado Limited Irrigation Conditions
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2009
End Date: 2/28/2010
Congressional District: 4th
Focus Categories: Agriculture, Irrigation
Keywords: Bioenergy, Limited Irrigation, Oilseeds
Principal Investigator: Johnson, Jerry J
Federal Funds: $ 12,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 6,776
This is a multifaceted oilseed research project designed to provide cropping alternatives to eastern Colorado producers with limited irrigation.

This two year project would use field, greenhouse, and laboratory facilities to select adapted oilseed cultivars to Colorado' limited irrigation conditions, train a new crops specialist, and attempt to discover new oilseed species that might be adapted to Colorado' climatic conditions and limited irrigation potential.

Screen advanced lines of promising oilseed crop species (Canola, Camelina, and Indian Brown Mustard) for adapted cultivars that could be grown by Colorado producers in the near future for biodiesel production and oilseed meal to feed NE Colorado livestock.

Develop research-based agronomic package of best management practices for oilseed production under limited irrigation conditions especially oriented toward weed control and water management.

Import and screen potential new and underdeveloped oilseed crop species from temperate zones around the world.

To train alternative crop agronomist/breeder to the PhD level. Train summer students and research associates in new crop research techniques and methodologies.

Determine the economic feasibility of oilseed crop production under limited irrigation conditions in light of dynamic interactions of variable yield, fuel costs, and input costs.

Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF

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