Posted on October 15, 2007. Filed under: Farm Report |


Timing is important in farming. We were blessed with a great number of days in late September that were warm and windy. This weather was just what we needed to dry down our Golden Valley Flax crop for harvest. The forecast was right on target with its prediction for hot and windy days ahead. The flax was ready to be swathed and we wanted to be ahead of the windy forecast to give the flax swaths time to settle to prevent wind damage. 

The windrowing operation is necessary to help the flax dry down to a moisture content under 8 percent so the flax will keep in storage. The swaths at first come out of the windrowing cutter looking large and fluffy, a perfect target for a strong North Dakota wind. The weight of the flax plants eventually settle into a very durable swath after about a day or two. We were thankful that we completed the windrowing a few days ahead of the predicted hot and windy period. Then when the hot winds came, it was just perfect for drying the flax. We were in Bismarck promoting our Golden Valley Flax while the flax was drying and the city set a record high temperature for that day in late September.

Harvest weather was ideal with low humidity, sunshine and warm temperatures. The flax was dry and so we worked together to bring in the bounty of this year’s crop. Once the last bushel was safely into storage we started to work on removing the flax straw from the field. We made some modifications to our harrow to deal with all of the straw. In two days we had completed the task and then it started to rain hours after we finished. As I said to begin with, timing is important in farming.

I know you will enjoy this year’s crop of Golden Valley Flax. I am going to work with my son Justin to clean up a sample for the upcoming Walsh County Fair. When the weather gets colder, we will start to clean up this year’s crop and we look forward to bagging it up and sending it your way, fresh from our farm to your home.


Mark Hylden


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