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Alternative Crops Demonstration Plots

In addition to the primary research crops of Cuphea, niger, okra, kenaf and milkweed, WIU is also evaluating other potential new crops for the state of Illinois. Plants grown in the 2004 demonstration plots were: black-eyed peas, canola, crambe, flax, pearl millet, rapeseed, NuSun sunflowers, sesame, and sunn hemp. All plants were direct seeded in mid - late May.

2007 Alternative Crops Demonstration Plots

2002-2003 Alternative Crops Demonstration Plots

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Black-eyed peas (Vigna unguiculata)




Photos taken July 22, 2004




Photos taken August 16, 2004


(Brassica napus x campestris   L.)


(Crambe abyssinica)


(Linum usitatissimum)




NuSun sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)




Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum)




Rapeseed (Brassica campestris L.)




Sesame (Sesamum indicum)



Sunn hemp (Crotolaria juncea L.)


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