Flax Seed Harvesting
If you have been following our blog you will see in our previous posts that harvest time has been well under way for the past two months. We're happy to report that the harvest in South Carolina is now complete and all of the flax straw is at our new Pamplico facility ready for processing. As our demands grow, our acreage must increase, which means we need to intensify our seed growing practices. Of the varieties we grew in SC last year, we identified those most suited for the southeastern climate and are growing and will be harvesting that seed in Canada this summer. We have just shy of 1000 acres growing in Alberta which will produce enough seed for approximately 8 to 9,000 acres. These seed growing acres will need to increase each year, naturally to match our annual straw, and hence, fiber demands. CRAiLAR is continuing its work with the USDA, National Research Council of Canada, and Oregon State University to further refine flax varieties and characteristics for various North American climates.