Posts tagged ‘Flax Processing’

Harvest Time

As mentioned Wednesday this week, we would like to keep you updated on how things are going with the flax harvest this spring.  At the risk of sounding a bit smug, we can confidently say that our efforts are bearing fruit, seed and straw in our case.

We have been working on growth trials, trying various strains of flax from around the world, and testing the fields for a few seasons, and we are getting very close to harvest in South Carolina.  Winter growing is a bit of a challenge but flax is proving itself to be a very robust and hardy plant.

Below is a series of snaps that we’ve taken over the past week or so.  We’ve also been getting our growers together and up to date on the latest harvesting methods, equipment and building some good, old-fashioned CRAiLAR team spirit along the way.

Tending the field, assessing the crops’ progress


 Flax in bloom

Flax blossoms close up

Flax seed bolls closeup

Shelbourne Header fixed to the combine

 Shelbourne Stripper Header refresher course

 Setting up the mower (the flax straw will be cut as close to the ground as possible)

 Flax straw mowed and allowed to ret.  Next stop: Pamplico  

Speak to you soon!

The CRAiLAR Team

04/05/2012 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Sublease of New Facility

Naturally Advanced Technologies has signed a ten month sublease of a facility in Kingstree, SC.  The space has been attained for use as an initial scale-up flax fiber facility to conduct the decortication process of CRAiLAR® Organic Fibers.  The facility was originally established to conduct processing of flax fiber under a USDA initiative.

In addition, the property is housed near 300 acres of flax crops that will also be utilized to conduct the company’s flax fiber growing trials taking place beginning October, 2010.

“Having  a facility in the USA that we operate and manage for the dry process or decortication of our CRAiLAR Organic Fibers brings the entire patented CRAiLAR process together under NAT control, enabling us to manage our process entirely,” said Ken Barker, CEO, Naturally Advanced Technologies. “As well, the opportunity to conduct full scale flax trials furthers our vision of utilizing a variety of bast fibers as the foundation for CRAiLAR and its multiple principal uses.”

Kingstree, SC is a town of approximately 3500 people; the new facility is expected to create job opportunities for the people of Kingstree as well as create opportunities with local farmers in the surrounding areas.

10/08/2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 113 other followers

Flickr Photos

More Photos

Categories