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Lesquerella: A Winter Oilseed Crop for the Southwest

Author: 
Wang, Guangyao (Sam)
McCloskey, William
Foster, Mike
Dierig, David
Publication Date: 
July 2010
Publication Number: 
AZ1520
Pages: 
4 pp.
Abstract or Description: 
Lesquerella (Lesquerella fendleri) is a member of the mustard family and is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The oil in lesquerella seeds has superior performance compared to castor, soybean, and rapeseed methyl esters in reducing wear and damage in fuel injected diesel engines. Lesquerella can also be used as an ingredient for a number of other bioproducts such as lubricants, motor oils, plastics, inks, and adhesives. The hydroxylated oil in lesquerella is similar to castor oil but does not contain the deadly poison ricin. Therefore, lesquerella is a safer alternative to castor in the United States and can be handled both at the farm level and the oilseed processing level with industry standard equipment and technology. This article provide information to growers in planting, water and nutrient management, pest management, and harvesting of lesquerella as a potential alternative crop.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Contributor: 
Plant Sciences, School of
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1520
Keyword: 
Lesquerella
oilseed crop
alternative crop
Type: 
Text
Pamphlet
Subject Category: 
Plant Production/Crops
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