Spring linseed advice please.

David.

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Mixed Farmer
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J11 M40
May end up with some this year, what variety stands/combines easily, etc?
Imagine yield percentage is secondary to other factors perhaps, has linseed moved on any in 10yrs since I last had a fairly unsatisfying attempt at it?
 

B'o'B

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Arable Farmer
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Rutland
May end up with some this year, what variety stands/combines easily, etc?
Imagine yield percentage is secondary to other factors perhaps, has linseed moved on any in 10yrs since I last had a fairly unsatisfying attempt at it?
I doubt it’s moved on a great deal in 10years. It can do well occasionally, but seemed to get more of a miss than a hit for us.
 

Cowcorn

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Mixed Farmer
Linseed ??? Only thing i would want to know is how much sub are the paying ???
Brings me back to the glory days of the early ninties when it was money for nothing :):):) Other than that i wouldnt really be bothered . A very hit or miss crop which in the absence of fss usually only makes money for one party and it wont be the grower .
 

David.

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Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
Got some thin land, that only ever did 25cwt of w.osr when we had some chemistry, that needs getting back to 1st wheat, most spring alternatives are various degrees of unappealing...
 

Fish

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Location
North yorkshire
Spring Linseed 😱,don't go there, bad idea, disaster waiting to happen, on a long list of poor choices it comes right at the very bottom.
Leave it to the professionals 👍

As said ^, dd drill, grow it cheap (that goes for every break crop including osr), spray off, chop straw, dd wheat, bish, bash, bosh, what could be easier ? 😆😆
 
Work out your margin of what you hope for then invest that on the futures market at a price you think is low and then sell when you think it has reached the price you want. Less of a gamble than growing it. Or alternatively decide how much you are going to spend on growing it put that money on red or black at casino 50/50 odds probably less risk. Good luck.
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
There are growers with better experiences of linseed. As above, high seed rates into a warm fine seedbed. 30 kg N on the seedbed and another 50-70 kg at green bud. Avoid yellow varieties as they are hard to thresh and late to harvest. Avoid metsulfuron herbicides as they cost you yield and stunt the crop. Have plenty of combining capacity for when it is ready. You can cut it green - a hot dry windy day in September is more important than a fully dead plant. @Daniel has grown good crops.
 

David.

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Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
There are growers with better experiences of linseed. As above, high seed rates into a warm fine seedbed. 30 kg N on the seedbed and another 50-70 kg at green bud. Avoid yellow varieties as they are hard to thresh and late to harvest. Avoid metsulfuron herbicides as they cost you yield and stunt the crop. Have plenty of combining capacity for when it is ready. You can cut it green - a hot dry windy day in September is more important than a fully dead plant. @Daniel has grown good crops.
That's more like the practical stuff I was hoping for, thanks Brisel.
I'm sure I have read on here that when the pods rattle well it will go, green or not?
Trouble is I still remember the 30yr old horror stories about combining it once, then again to thrash the straw a fortnight (or three months) later..
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
That's more like the practical stuff I was hoping for, thanks Brisel.
I'm sure I have read on here that when the pods rattle well it will go, green or not?
Trouble is I still remember the 30yr old horror stories about combining it once, then again to thrash the straw a fortnight (or three months) later..
In a word, yes, that's when it's fit to cut. There's a good (if dated) grower's guide by Premium Crops that is worth reading.

I won't deny that broad leafed weed control is harder now, without bromoxynil (expires September 2021). Amidosulfuron, clopyralid, bentazone post em. Callisto pre em but you usually have to follow it up.
 
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