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Tough flax

How tough can a guy harvest flax and not worry about it not coming out of the bin for a few days before it gets dryed. Not worried about drying it can go through dryer a couple times if I have too

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Well if you are getting after it within a few days to dry, a point on moisture is probably ok. Wouldn't chance it past that.

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We took flax off 12-14% last year, cool and it kept in the bin fine turning every few weeks. We didn’t dry it, found a buyer that was willing to blend it off with dry. Was told that drying flax can mess up the oil content. Do you have any experience drying flax? Would like to hear from someone with experience.
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I believe I took it at 13 last year and was no problem drying. Gonna take a sample this afternoon just want to know how far I can push it. Looks like only today and tomorrow as far as the forecast goes
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If it comes off cold I wouldn't even worry for a week . And I would say 4 points over I still wouldn't worry. Aeration doesn't work so good on flax though so don't delay too long.


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We have several times taken off flax up to around 13%. We dried it in air bins using a 100-125,000 btu diesel heater in front of the aeration fan and filling the bin half full. It takes around a week to dry it like is. The trick is to take out at least three feet of grain out of the bin around 2-3 days and 7 days after you start drying it. If you do not you will have a ring of rotten flax stuck to the wall of the bin where all the condensation runs down into. Flax is very difficult to blow air through.
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Well first truck load was 14.2 Not as bad as I was worried about
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Any advantage to swathing this time of year? In 2016 we finished straight cutting flax in November and the tough straw did a lot of damage to the combine. Was like putting tree branches through. Part of me says swathed will he worse because it won't dry out as well but then I wonder if the straw won't cure anyway and may rot a bit if swathed. Best case scenario is it will be laying 10 days before I get to combining flax while I finish other stuff, lots of green stems right now but good killing frost in forecast.
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"tree branches", neighbour here said it was like combing #9 wire that same year. Both good analogies.

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I can remember drying flax with a 500 bushel behlen batch drier and it wasn't good as the flax would come out of the louvers when filling or unloading making quite a mess on the ground . Had to have plywood down to catch it but if it was snowing or raining you would basically shut down . But can remember thrashing flax with snow on it and bubbles coming out of the screens but then had to go inside and scrape the gunk off after the batch . Won't doo that again EVER !!

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