The oil from meadowfoam seed is similar to that of high erucic acid rapeseed oil. Meadowfoam oil can be converted to a light coloured premium-grade solid wax, potentially valuable to the rubber industry or as a lubricant or detergent. The remaining meal can also be used as livestock feed.
Meadowfoam grows well on most soil types, with a moderately fine seedbed being preferred for sowing and establishment. Sowing is best around mid-October, although it has been grown as a spring crop in areas where winter temperatures do not allow autumn sowing. Research plots have produced yields of over 2.25t/ha, however, field-scale production has never been able to match this due to a combination of disease and pollination problems, therefore yields of closer to 0.8t/ha should be expected.
Studies from America have shown that applying nitrogen to the crop helps to increase yield, however over applications may result in delayed flowering, increased disease problems and a decrease in the oil content of the seeds.
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