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Flax Fibre Production Systems. B. Irvine, D. McAndrew, S. Shirtliff, C. Vera, Biolin. Results why man I’ve gotten lots of results; I know of at least a thousand things that won’t work. . Thomas Edison. There needs to be a supply of high quality fibre to ensure profit for processor and farmer.

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Flax Fibre Production Systems

B. Irvine, D. McAndrew, S. Shirtliff, C. Vera, Biolin


Results why man i ve gotten lots of results i know of at least a thousand things that won t work l.jpg

Results why man I’ve gotten lots of results; I know of at least a thousand things that won’t work.

Thomas Edison


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There needs to be a supply of high quality fibre to ensure profit for processor and farmer

  • Impact of seeding rate and cultivar

  • How does nitrogen and fungicide application affect seed and fiber

  • What is the best way to treat flax before harvest to ensure high seed and fiber yield with rapid retting

  • What is the impact of field location and cutting height of fibre content and yield


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Summary of seeding rate and date profit for processor and farmer

  • Cultivars did not interact with seeding rate or date

  • Plant population increased nearly linearly with seeding rate

  • Early seeding > seed yield linear decrease over seeding rates due in part to lodging and possibly narrow rows

  • Fiber yield increased with seeding rate


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Sweep planted profit for processor and farmer


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Hoe planted profit for processor and farmer


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Impact of seeding date on fibre yield kg ha profit for processor and farmer-1


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Impact of seeding rate on fibre content % profit for processor and farmer


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Impact of seeding rate on fiber yield kg ha profit for processor and farmer-1


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Impact of seeding rate on stem diameter mm profit for processor and farmer


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Nitrogen and Fungicide impacts profit for processor and farmer

Is there value to applying Headline at various Nitrogen rates?


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Nitrogen *fungicide profit for processor and farmer

  • Fungicide application increased yields if disease pressure was higher

  • At some sites this impact increased with nitrogen application rate

  • Seed and fiber yields increased with N over the entire range

  • Stem size greater with more nitrogen to be expected

  • Decision as always is based on risk management and in most season in the major flax growing areas a question mark


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Harvest system impacts profit for processor and farmer

Reglone, glyphosate and swathing

Samples left in field for 0 to 7 weeks in fall


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Fried test across sites profit for processor and farmer


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Slope position and cutting height profit for processor and farmer

In many areas there is a fair bit of topography

What is the variation with the field in fiber yield and can we predict this


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Anova for landscape position profit for processor and farmer


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Correlations of fiber yield with other factors profit for processor and farmer


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Impact of Cutting height on yield profit for processor and farmer


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Impact slope position profit for processor and farmer


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