EAST LANSING, Mich. — Canola can now be grown profitably in Michigan, thanks to Michigan State University.
Canola, which has potential as biofuel and cooking oil, is considered a high-value crop with seeds comprised of more than 40 percent oil. When compared to soybeans, which have 18 percent oil, and corn, which yields a mere 4 percent, canola stood out to MSU researchers as a key crop to help boost Michigan’s economy.
In 2008, MSU launched the Canola Project. The effort brought together farmers, biofuel production experts, and MSU professors and extension agents to help establish Michigan as one of the nation’s leaders in this field. By exploring the production and refinement of canola oil, the initiative aims to lessen dependence on foreign oil and strengthen Michigan’s rural economies. (more…)