oil is the product of a winter growing oilseed plant. The plant is
the same as that used in linen production. In northern NSW the crop
is grown in rotation with wheat. A small caterpillar known as
"heliothus" is particularly damaging and destroys the
ripening seed heads.
must be sprayed with an insecticide in spring. Linseed is a dicotyle
donous plant as are most weeds that grow in winter. It is very
difficult to spray a dicotyledonous plant with a herbicide without
damaging the linseed plant.
of linseed is about half that of wheat in the same season and is
generally, grown when there are expectations of a favourable market