The Great Linseed Challenge

Wednesday, 14th June 2017 12:00 AM - Friday, 14th June 2019 12:00 AM

All too often linseed is regarded as a low output niche crop and rarely gets the same attention as oilseed rape - BUT - grown well, linseed an out-perform OSR and even rival wheat and to prove that we want to to find the best linseed growers in the country.

There are three awards categories in the Great Linseed Challenge;

  • Best Net Margin per hectare
  • Best Overall Yield
  • Best Innovation in Linseed agronomy

Launched at Cereals '17, grower of both winter and spring linseed are eligible to enter and the Innovation award is open to agronomists too.

You can be a long-time grower of the crop or a complete novice. All that's needed to qualify for entry is to grow a minimum of 8 hectares for harvest 2018.

Winter or Spring sown, you can grow any variety under any agronomic regime, as long as it's legal.

With well over 25 years experience with the crop, we know that linseed has the capability to perform extremely well under the right management. So we're looking for growers prepared to puch the boundaries, search out the subtle tactics and apply the attention to detail that will get an award winning result.

The 'Best Overall Yield' and 'Best Net Margin' categories will be assessed through final tonnage sold off farm or verified by a third party weighbridge. The final results of this cetegory will be announced in June '19.

The 'Best Innovation' category is there to identify novel activities that demonstarbly improve the yeild or net margin of the crop. For example, a grower may manage Nitrogen applications in a different way that allows for less growth regulators on winter linseed, or perhaps, uses new precision farming techniques to optimise crop inputs and maximise output. This category is open to agronomists as well as growers themselves and judging will take place post-harvest 2018.

A panel of judges will make the final assessments and this may involve a farm visit.

CPM magazine will be monitoing the Challenge throughout with feature articles highlighting best practice among the UK's top linseed growers, agronomy updates and related stories. Winers will be announced in CPM magazine in June 2019.


Prizes include;

Best Net Margin

The Mavic Agri Pro package includes a small form-factor foldable quad-copter with advanced features that make it an easy to fly, reliable and safe drone system perfect for crop-scouting, d aerial mapping activities and stock monitoring.

The system comes complete and ready-to-fly with everything needed to start mapping on your farm. Mavic drone, 3 batteries (25mins flight time each), charging hub, spare props, landing pad and carry case. A 3 month subscription to Dronedeploy Pro is included – a free version can be used to begin with and the Pro option activated any time for 3 months of advanced analytics. Training covers everything needed from the aircraft through to flight planning and software.

For more information click on the logo (above).

Best Overall Yield

An extended weekend for two to Northern France including a day's visit to see Flax and Linseed Breeding and Production.


Best Innovation in Linseed Agronomy

Two x £250 vouchers for ARTIS training courses.

ARTIS provides training to growers, farmers and managers in the food supply chain to boost productivity through applying the latest knowledge and research. For more information click on the logo (above).



Growers wishing to apply can do so by dowloading an entry form here , enter your details and e-mailing it back to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Entries close at the end of May 2018


Full Terms and Conditions of Entry are available here


All Dates

  • From Wednesday, 14th June 2017 12:00 AM to Friday, 14th June 2019 12:00 AM