EasyCut is a new type of Linseed bred with low levels of fibre in the stem and short, stiff straw, resulting in it being easier to harvest. In addition, EasyCut Linseed varieties are very early maturing, so come to harvest before traditional varieties,
Altess, the first EasyCut Linseed variety, has 25% less fibre in the stem and has proved to be easy and straighforward to harvest. Altess has been joined by Duchess and Marquise.
The arrival of EasyCut varieties was (and still is) an exciting development for the UK Linseed crop as it removed two major barriers to growing the crop. Although Linseed is grown without problems by many regular growers, it is perceived by others as being late and/or difficult to harvest. Managed correctly, EasyCut varieties harvest straight after Wheat and because of its EasyCut character it is easy to harvest. So instead of Linseed being 'late and difficult' now read 'early and easy!' Having grown more than 10's of thousands of hectares of EasyCut Linseed the feedback from growers confirm these claims.
As well as attracting new growers, we believe that existing Linseed growers will be inclined to switch to Altess because of its earliness of maturity - considered by most to be the key varietal characteristic.
Altess EasyCut Linseed is available for sowing in 2016 and all growers (and their agronomists) will receive comprehensive crop bulletins providing a step-by-step guide to growing the variety. Technical advice from Premium Crops is based on over 25 years' experience of spring Linseed and is focused on bringing the crop to its early and easy harvest
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"We grew 56 hectares of Altess last season. It was an even height and combined really well. We cut 36ha in one day, cutting into the early hours of the morning, totally dispelling the myth that the sun needs to be shining to cut Linseed. I have never known linseed combine as this did - it was an absolute dream."
Rob Rouston, Garendon Park Farms, Leicestershire
"Our 43 acres of Altess grew evenly, matured well, cut easily and yielded well. What I like is that we finished the wheat in one day - and then put the combine away!
Chris Done, Tathwell Farms (Lincs)Lts, Lincolnshire