Mustard biodiesel promising for idled San Joaquin Valley lands

August 30, 2011 |

In California, California State University-Fresno has undertaken a comprehensive four-year study to determine if canola and mustard for biodiesel would be suitable crops for the western side of the San Joaquin Valley that is challenged by selenium-laden irrigation effluent. The results show that the 40 acre test plots produced an average of 2.2 tons of seed per acre with the seeds later pressed for biodiesel production. The biodiesel performed well and the feeding trials with dairy cows using the meal were successful. More studies will be done but initial results look good.

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