Spring 2017 Update - Spring Linseed
Update: July 2017
Most crops have now finished flowering and are entering the Boll fill period proper, recent rains should help by prolonging the green leaf period.
The dry period after sowing caused secondary germination in a lot of crops. In many cases the late emerging plants are catching up fast but many growers are now facing the conundrum of slightly uneven ripening...
The general rule in such situations is to manage the crop to suit the majority of the area i.e. if most of the plants are early then treat the crop for an early harvest, and vice-versa. However, for seed growers there are two further considerations;
1. Immature seeds will lack germination and vigour
2. Bolls left to stand will risk increased presence of seed borne infections, such as botrytis....
Fungal infections, like Botrytis and Fusarium, will impact germination too and where grain mositure is above 9% at harvest, getting the crop dried promptly will be important to avoid build up of these diseases in the store.
Update: May 2017
In general early sown crops appear to have established well, like this crop of VT50 (Nulin) sown on the 30th March in Kent...
Some later drilled crops struggled in the dry weather and are only now beginning to grow away following the recent rain.
Flax Flea Beetle are present in the field but incidence is much less than Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle on oilseed rape.
Thankfully spring linseed isn't a target for Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle as this image clearly illustrates ...
Update: March 2017
While some spring drilling of wheat, barley and beans has already taken place, soils are still a bit cold for spring linseed drilling and for the most part ground is still too wet for drilling to take place. Late drilling of spring linseed may not be a bad thing, as this will allow an extra window to control blackgrass before planting takes place.
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Update: January 2017
If you are thinking of growing spring linseed for harvest 17, now is a great time to get out and select fields for spring linseed.
The number one mistake made with spring linseed is lack of thought given to field selection. If fields are earmarked early, then action can be taken for preparatory cultivations and/or weed control so that seed can be drilled at the first available opportunity.
Planning early will also provide the best chance of selecting the correct variety and commercial contract to suit your farm.