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Published December 24, 2010, 10:54 AM

An Influx of Flax in North Dakota

If June estimates stick, North Dakota farmers will have planted about 100,000 additional acres of flax seed this year over 2009. State Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring expects to see another increase next year.

By: Associated Press,

RICHARDTON, N.D. (AP) — If June estimates stick, North Dakota farmers will have planted about 100,000 additional acres of flax seed this year over 2009.

State Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring expects to see another increase next year.

North Dakota produces more than 95 percent of the nation's flax.

Stone Mill of Richardton processes brown and golden flax seeds. Vice President Daneen Dressler says Stone Mill doubled the size of its facility in 2008 to accommodate the food flax market.

The USDA says North Dakota farmers planted about 390,000 acres of flax in 2010, up from 295,000 acres in 2009.

Goehring says North Dakota has the right topography, geography and moisture levels to grow the plant, and flax is beneficial in rotation.

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