"Linseed management and harvesting no longer a barrier" - Farmers Guardian 18th December 2020
The use of linseed as a spring break crop is increasingly on the agenda for many growers...according to recent research conducted by Arable Farming on behalf of Premium Crops looking at spring break crops grown for harvest 2020, and attitudes and intentions towards crops for harvest 2021.
Spring Linseed Making for an Easy Harvest
Eric Lewis of E. and M. Lewis, Gloucestershire, grew Empress and Marquise spring linseed this year and achieved a yield of 1.1 tonnes per acre (2.7mt/ha).
Mr Lewis had no problems with harvesting. He says: “It was very easy to cut on September 3. I used Round Up for the first time after years of using Reglone and I preferred it. Then, 28 days after application, we flew through it.”
Gordon Redman, Bedfordshire, also confirms the ease of harvesting when it comes to winter linseed.
This year he grew a crop of Sideral winter linseed which was harvested on July 24 and moved off-farm of August 2.
He says: “It was the easiest linseed I have cut to date. Winter linseed is staying in the rotation and we have the new variety Attila going in this autumn.”