Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Session code ICO.3
Advances in Non-Food Crops Cultivation
Sustainable Camelina Cultivation as a Catch Crop
Short Introductive summary
Climate change contributes to drought occurrence, soil erosion and desertification. As a result, farmer profitability has dramatically decreased, with increased downside risk. This is a global situation: in Europe over 4 million farms were lost during 2005-2015 -this is more than 1,000 farms lost every day-, while in Australia in the last 20 years profit decreased 22%, with the chance of very low profits more than doubling.
Catch crops are grown in unused arable land which would have otherwise been left fallow, between successive main crops. This way, replacing a fallow land period with a catch crop provides farmers with a new harvest and additional income. Additionally, catch crops also provide agronomic and environmental benefits, helping avoiding erosion, capturing nutrients, improving soil structure & benefiting biodiversity.
Yuri HERRERAS YAMBANIS
Camelina Company España
As founder of Camelina Company, I have worked over the past 10 years in developing camelina as a sustainable feedstock for aviation biofuels, focusing on developing camelina to fit rotations as a catch crop or double crop, not impacting this way the farmer's main crop production.
Biographies and Short introductive summaries are supplied directly by presenters and are published here unedited
Session reference: ICO.3.3