- 80% of the world’s flax crop is grown in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands
- There is little contemporary research available on growing modern varieties in UK soil types and climates.
- This trial is the first small step in exploring a resurgence in flax production and processing in Scotland.
- If successful, it is hoped that it will lead to further trials on a larger scale, with a longer-term aim is of making a case for industry investment in specialist harvest and processing equipment.
There will be three main trial sites. Each site will grow 3 replicates of each variety (Avian, Delta, Tango) on 10sqm plots, totalling 9 plots per site. Plots will be randomised in three reps. Seed will be sown in rows 125mm apart at a rate of ~10g/sqm.
None of these varieties are commercially available in the UK yet.
Other community growers will also be encouraged to take part in a wider, support trial.
The field lab will follow the production process from seed to harvested crop; measuring establishment & yield and comparing these across varieties and sites.
The seeds for the trial are being provided by Elsoms Seeds.