Flax has been considered as a possible crop for growing under irrigation in Utah because of its high acre return in some of the northern States. One of the functions of a State experiment station is to test new crops and varieties. A series of experiments , therefore, has been conducted in Utah to determine the yields of flax as compared with small grains both under irrigation and on dry lands. This bulletin report s a summary of the results of these experiments together with a discussion of comparative returns from flax and small grains.
Two types of flax, seed and fiber, are cultivated in the United States. The seed type is the more important commercially, while fiber flax has only a limited distribution. These types have been confused in some cases to the extent that a dual purpose crop has been proposed. The straw produced from seed flax varieties is short and of poor quality and is of little or no value for linen products, especially after passing through a commercial threshing machine. This publication considers only flax grown for the seed, called also flaxseed or linseed.
Woodward, R. W.; Tingey, D. C.; and Dillman, A. C., "Bulletin No. 278 - Should Flax be Grown in Utah" (1937). UAES Bulletins. Paper 240.