Camelina is an early maturing crop (85 – 100 days) and has good shatter resistance; therefore, it can be either swathed or direct combined. When swathing camelina, make sure that the seed pods have turned from green to yellow; when swathed too early, the seeds won’t mature. Because the seeds of camelina are quite small, during combining producers need to reduce the fan speed or close the baffle to prevent blowing seeds out of the back of the combine.
We recommend starting with the following settings, checking for seed loss, and then modifying accordingly:
Ground speed: 4 – 5 MPH; Fan speed: 500 – 800 RPM; Cylinder speed: 800 – 1000 RPM;
Concave space: 1”; Top chaffer sieve number: 1/8” – 3/16” (JD, CASE IH, NH series).
Camelina needs to be combined on the dirtier side to ensure that as much seed as possible makes it to the bin; more chaff also brings the advantage of helping to reduce the risk of grain heating in the bin. Once delivered and cleaned at the elevator, producers are paid for the cleaned product. Smart Earth Seeds only buys your cleaned camelina, not your screenings.