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Nuseed Carinata Planting Basics


Last month Nuseed Product Development Manager, North America, Alison Pokrzywinski lead Nuseed Carinata growers through a 101 session to prepare for the 2022-23 contract production season between main crop harvest and planting. 


“It’s exciting to be introducing a new contract opportunity to local growers that both helps protect and regenerate their soil and generates additional farm income between main crops,” said Pokrzywinski. “We are connecting local growers with a new global contract market for low carbon oil feedstock and incentivizing the adoption of sustainable farming practices. Together we can make a positive impact on farm income and the environment.” 


Below are the Nuseed Carinata planting basics for this new harvested non-food cover crop grown for certified sustainable, low carbon renewable oil feedstock. The first U.S. planting of commercial Nuseed Carinata hybrid contract production is now underway. 


Planting date 

  • Ideally 6 weeks before first frost 
  • Will vary based on location 
  • Nov 1st – Nov 15th is common 


Target 6-10 plants per square foot 

  • Depending on row spacing, equipment, field conditions, etc seeding rate may range from 4-6 lbs/a 
  • 4 lbs for precision planters  
  • 5 lbs is average standard for grain drills 
  • 6 lbs for broadcast 


Good seed to soil contact is key to establishing a good even stand 

  • 0.25-0.5” is optimal 
  • Some seed laying on top of the ground is normal   
  • Fields may be prepared with a drag attached to a cultivator frame or rolled to establish a level firm seedbed  
  • If broadcasted, light harrowing or cultivating is suggested 


Can be planted in all soil types, but does best in well-drained soils 

  • Preferred pH is 5.5-6.8  
  • 3-year rotation recommended  


Avoid fields with high wild radish populations (>10%) 

  • Very difficult to control in a carinata field and is competitive  


Know your herbicide history  

  • Highly sensitive to Group 2 (ALS-inhibitors): Cadre, Pursuit, Strongarm, Staple, Classic, Permit, Accent, Harmony, Firstrate  
  • Moderately sensitive to Group 5,6,7 (photosystem II herbicide): Atrazine Simazine, Metributzin, Bentazon, Bromoxynil, Diuron, Cotoran  
  • Moderately sensitive to Group 14 (PPO Inhibitor): Valor, Ultra Blazer, Flexstar, Sharpen  


Nuseed Carinata crop rotations 

  • Corn-peanuts-cotton-soybeans-sesame  
  • Take into consideration harvest date and planned planting dates for following crop  
  • Fields available for a Nov 1st planting date  
  • Example: previous crop corn  
  • Fields planned for a later planting 
  • Example: peanuts, cotton, soybeans 
  • Most common watch-outs: Cadre carryover, sclerotinia