Canary Seed FAQ
Farmers and agronomists love Canary Seed!
"With it's late drilling date and large amounts of biomass, Canary Seed, is ideal for a holistic approach to blackgrass control"...."once it reaches tillering it goes like the clappers and blackgrass doesn't stand a chance" - Canary Seed grower, Surrey. Crops Magazine 17th Dec 2016
"Canary seed is like spring barley but much easier to grow"
Q Is Canary Seed profitable?
A Canary Seed will produce a similar Gross Margin to Spring Linseed.
Q Is Canary Seed a break crop?
A Yes, similar to a short term Ley.
Q Where geographically can Canary Seed be grown?
A Anywhere in mainland UK.
Q What soils can it be grown on?
A Canary Seed likes moisture retentive soils, so is ideal for heavier land.
Q When do you drill it?
A Mid-March to mid-May.
Q What about weed control?
A There is a range of pre and post emergent options for both grass weeds and broad leaved weeds. Note there is no post emergent grass weed control. A full range of EAMU approved inputs can be found in 'Useful Documents'.
Q When is it harvested?
A Usually mid to end of August (before Linseed).
Q What yield can I expect?
A Yield ranges from 2.0 to 3.0 t/ha depending on the season, but similar to Spring Linseed.
Q I have heard that Canary Seed can be a real problem to control in subsequent crops?
A No it is not, you are confusing it with Canary Grass which is a creeping perennial. Most of the grass weed killers that you would use in cereals or broad leaved crops will control Canary seed.