Effects of husbandry practices on the seed yield and oil content of linseed in Northern Scotland

B. Richard Taylor*, Lawrence A.F. Morrice

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Field trials at two sites assessed the effects of different husbandry practices on seed yield and oil content of linseed (Linum usitatissimum L). A pot experiment investigated very early sowings. In the field trials maximum seed yields were achieved from sowings over a longer period at Elgin than at Aberdeen. Sowings in pots before mid‐March resulted in poor plant establishments. Yields responded to nitrogen fertiliser levels greater than 40 kg ha−1 only on the lighter Elgin soils. There appeared to be no yield advantage from establishing more than 400 plants m−2 at either site. Plant growth regulators reduced plant height and, where lodging was reduced, increased yield. Seed oil contents were influenced more by environment than by husbandry; high nitrogen applications on light soils gave significant reductions in oil content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue number2
Publication statusPrint publication - 1991



  • husbandry
  • Linseed
  • oil content
  • Scotland
  • seed yield

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