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It seems that our hard red spring wheat won't pencil out for long and we are only growing it for rotational purposes (currently grow canola-winter wheat-soybeans-and a little bit of hrsw). We have grown oats and barley in the past but when we crunched the numbers they had worse returns than spring wheat so we have been looking into other options. We thought about sunflowers but we have no desire to sink money into equipment or wait till November to harvest. So we started talking about durum and flax the other day, the prices look alright right now and we wouldn't need to upgrade any equipment. The only problem is that no one has grown durum in the area and there is next to no flax grown either.

Would these crops work in our heavy red-river clay that is usually wet?

How similar are inputs to hrsw?

What are guys' experiences with these crops?

Are there any special challenges or costs (other than the flax straw)?

Do the markets look good for these crops in the future?

Thanks in advance
 

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Durum is a longer season than wheat, I think that's why not a lot is grown in MB? I have always treated wheat and durum the same agrinomicly.
 

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Durum yields less then hrsw here now (NE north dakota), used to yield higher. Discounts are usually worse and most elevators don't handle it, so can be tough to market it. More fusarium, plan to fungicide every year. Haven't grown flax but yields seem to have increased and harvest is between cereals/canola and soybeans, so spreads out workload.
 

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There is no durum that is even remotely good for FHB (unless you want to have it!), so that should be a consideration as well. It is a longer season, but basically is still a spring wheat in management.
 
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