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Great Plains Oil & Exploration, The Camelina Company is introducing nine new varieties of Camelina designed to boost yields, allowing increased production on every acre planted. The additional varieties provide growers of this biofuel bi·o·fuel  
Fuel such as methane produced from renewable resources, especially plant biomass and treated municipal and industrial wastes.

 crop with more options that can be tailored to their climate, geography, and other factors.

Great Plains has been researching and testing camelina for nearly 15 years and has chosen and screened 90 varieties from its exclusive germplasm collection to select those to be offered for the upcoming growing season growing season, period during which plant growth takes place. In temperate climates the growing season is limited by seasonal changes in temperature and is defined as the period between the last killing frost of spring and the first killing frost of autumn, at which . The company will continue to utilize its proprietary lines as Camelina acreage expands, giving growers confidence that Great Plains will provide best-in-class results. Selections will be targeted to specific regions, from the plains of the Dakotas and Montana to eastern Washington
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Eastern Washington is a region of the United States defined as the part of Washington east of the Cascade Mountains.
 and Texas and the Canadian Prairies The Canadian prairies is a large area of flat sedimentary land stretching throughout western Canada between the Canadian Shield in the east and the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian prairies – the portion of the Great Plains landform that supports various grasses and shrubs .

"Our experience, coupled with our focus on developing climate-specific varieties, enables us to tailor Camelina seed for growers," said Great Plains CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Samuel Huttenbauer. "These new varieties will bring higher yields and profit for our growers and will help us meet growing demand for this emerging source of biofuel."

Camelina is a next-generation sustainable biofuel crop. It is a low-input oilseed oilseed

the seeds of the linseed plant, rapeseed or canola, peanut, safflower (Carthamus tinctorius); biproduct oils from seeds include corn, grapeseed, olive, sesame, sunflower.
 crop that can be grown in various climates. After harvest, Camelina is crushed to produce biofuel and a co-product that provides a high-quality livestock feed.

Great Plains' breeding program is designed to create maximum yields on existing acreage, and to open more regions in North America to Camelina. Great Plains has exclusive access to the majority of the world's Camelina germplasm available for commercial use, as well as extensive North American North American

named after North America.

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North American cattle tick
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 agronomic a·gron·o·my  
Application of the various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production; scientific agriculture.


"Tests are showing a significant boost in yields," Huttenbauer said. "We're excited at the opportunities these varieties present for growers." For example, a recent varietal test indicated yields across Washington of more than 2,400 pounds per acre. The testing was conducted across multiple locations by a university in Washington and indicates a tremendous potential for fall-seeded acreage in that state. Great Plains offered Camelina growers the top-yielding variety in Montana for 2009, based on independent university trials, and new tests are under way.

Great Plains is also working on several new herbicide-resistant varieties that are expected to be available by spring 2011. These varieties will provide an important breakthrough for Camelina growth in rotation with wheat, where other crops cannot be grown due to herbicide herbicide (hr`bəsīd'), chemical compound that kills plants or inhibits their normal growth. A herbicide in a particular formulation and application can be described as selective or nonselective.  carryover.

Great Plains expects to begin fall contracting for the new season in the coming weeks. Interested growers are encouraged to contact their local Great Plains representative or visit the company's Web site at

About Great Plains Oil & Exploration

Great Plains Oil & Exploration (Great Plains, The Camelina Company) is a renewable fuels company which pioneered the manufacturing and marketing of fuel and chemicals from Camelina. Great Plains has exclusive access to the majority of the world's Camelina germplasm and is the established leader in the field of Camelina agronomy agronomy (əgrŏn`əmē), branch of agriculture dealing with various physical and biological factors—including soil management, tillage, crop rotation, breeding, weed control, and climate—related to crop production.  and production. Great Plains has developed a grower base and production facilities from which it produces and supplies commercial quantities of biofuel as well as high-protein, omega-3 rich animal feed.

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