Growing Carinata in the Southeastern U.S.
Brassica carinata, or Ethiopian mustard, derived
from the interspecific cross between B. nigra (black
mustard) and B. oleracae (wild cabbage), is a non-food
oilseed crop that is currently being grown in the U.S.
Southeast as a low-input, sustainably certified winter crop.
Research is ongoing in the Northern Plains with plans to
develop carinata as a spring rotational crop, especially
adaptable for semi-arid regions.
Carinata offers benefits over other brassica species in
terms of seed size, frost and drought tolerance, disease resistance,
higher yields, and less seed shattering at maturity
and during harvest. It is high in oil content (>40%) with a
favorable fatty acid profile that converts easily into aviation
biofuel for jets and biodiesel. Once oil is removed,
the seed meal is high in protein (43–46%), currently
approved for beef cattle rations, with ongoing research to
certify the meal for use in poultry, swine, and aquaculture.
Carinata is currently being grown in a closed-loop,
sustainably-grown contract system between farmers and
Agrisoma, and it doesn’t disrupt normal summer cash
crops. To date, carinata has been commercially contracted...