VIRTUAL TOUR #1 - SEEDING FLAX In MAY             
 
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Seeding - May

 
 

Growing the Flax Crop Phase 1

 The first phase of growing a flax crop has been completed and as promised we are bringing you this information to help you understand more about what is involved. Our farm is a small operation and not one of today’s mega farms. Our equipment is obsolete by today’s standards yet is more than sufficient for our needs.  

On May 22 (2008) we seeded golden flaxseed on our field of approximately 170 acres which is located adjacent to the south shore of Stuart Lake near Riding Mountain National Park. The field was cultivated a few days earlier to prepare the soil for seeding. More modern equipment combines both cultivating and seeding operations in one pass. The pictures show Stuart Lake in the back ground and are taken from the top of a hill approximately 130’ in elevation above the lake water level. Note that the trees are still without leaves for the most part.  

As the pictures show, the seeder is basically a seed box and a series of disc openers spaced some 6” apart. Seeds are metered into the disc openers at a preset rate in order to achieve even seed coverage across the entire field. Our seeding rate was just over 31 pounds of seed per acre or some 2.7 million seeds per acre. This works out to about 60 seeds per square foot (645 seeds per square m) planted at a depth of about 1” (2.5 cm).

It has been dry so far this spring but the soil contains adequate moisture for seed germination and emergence. Seeding conditions were ideal. Now we wait and hope – that the crop will emerge evenly – that the plants will be vigorous and healthy – that ultimately growing conditions will be favorable to yield a good harvest in about 100 days or so.  Stay in touch for the next phase.

 

 
  VIRTUAL TOUR #2 - GROWING FLAX In JUNE   
   
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    Growing the Flax Crop Phase 2
The emerging flax crop were taken in June(2008). The little plants are progressing nicely. Soil and moisture conditions have been ideal so far.

 

 
 
   VIRTUAL TOUR #3 - GROWING FLAX In JULY
 
   
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Growing the Flax Crop Phase 3
The maturing flax crop were taken from the air in late July. (2008)  The plants are almost done flowering. There are still some blue flowers evident if you look closely. Soil and moisture conditions have remained ideal so far.

 

 
 
   VIRTUAL TOUR #4 - HARVESTING FLAX In OCTOBER
 
   
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    Growing the Flax Crop Phase 4
The flax harvesting operation were taken in October (2008). After several rain delays the weather changed to give us perfect harvesting conditions. The crop yeild and quality were both average or a little above average for the area.