DEKALB are very proud and interested in hearing what our growers have to say about our varieties and yield protecting traits. We made this page so you can hear for yourself what Oilseed growers think of DEKALB...


“Varieties that take off rapidly after sowing and grow away robustly in the spring are critical on our heavy land. Last year our 70ha of DK Exalte with a single field of DK Imperial CL averaged 5.1t/ha to earn a gross margin of £1170/ha and margin after all costs of £720/ha.”

Guy Shelby, Benningholme Grange Farm, Holderness

“We said we would never grow oilseed rape in that field again because of the charlock. However, we decided to take advantage of the Clearfield system this season. Despite mid-September sowing into decidedly poor, wet seedbeds, DK Imperial CL’s vigour helped the crop establish well. And came out of the winter with scarcely a weed in sight.”

Michael Maxwell, Preston Farms, Winchesster

“DEKALB pod shatter resistance is one of the first things we look for in a variety. It gives us the extra confidence to hold off on harvesting to bring-in the biggest crop without worrying that a lot of seed could wind-up on the floor.”

Henry Moreton, Campney Grange Farm, Lincolnshire

“We need varieties that are consistently good year after year, not just one-year wonders. So the sort of disease resistance, fast autumn development and shatter resistance carried by varieties like DK Extrovert are as important in our choice as gross output ratings. These strengths allow us to get a decent crop even when the weather gets in the way of our best-laid plans – as it so often seems to do these days.”

Frazer Jolly, Saltby Farms, Leicestershire

“Following the 5.02t/ha we harvested from our 1ha trial plot last season, our preferred variety this season is DK Secret. We like semi-dwarfs as they’re a lot easier to look after, we can fertilise them well into flowering with our spreader and we’ve never had them lodge on our relatively high fertility ground. Now we have varieties that do a good 5t/ha, get away quicker in the autumn and have some of the best diseases resistance ratings in the business, we’re even more positive about them.”

Rob Morgan, Home Farm, Acton Burnell, Shropshire

Nick Pratt

“By drilling reliable, fast-developing hybrids like DK Extrovert early into decent moisture and well-fissured soils with a nice manure mulch we can be sure of getting our crops away strongly enough to survive all the things that attack them. This means were not tempted to add extra seed for the slugs or the pigeons so we’re not getting in the way of the crops’ ability to produce the most productive canopies in seasons where pest pressures are lower than normal.”

Richard Wainwright, Birch Farm, Oswaldkirk, Yorkshire

“In vigorous establishment we haven’t found much to rival DK Extrovert. It was a good half our 2017 crop and figures strongly in our 2018 mix alongside DK Expansion for the earliest drilling slot and DK Imperial CL on land prone to cranesbill and hedge mustard.”

Jim Beeden, Flagleaf Farming, Lincolnshire

“Post-harvest counts show the combination of hybrid varieties like DK Expansion which establish aggressively, a phosphite-based seed dressing, well-placed fertiliser and good, moist-preserving seedbeds give us the 10-15 plants/m2 spring populations we’re after from sowing rates of 24-30 seeds/m2.”

David Fuller-Shapcott, Sweethope Farm, Kelso

“Like last year, our current crop is all DK Exalte. As well as particular speed of autumn and spring growth and disease resistance, we like it because it was virtually untouched by one of the worst hail storms in recent memory 10 days ahead of harvest in 2016; a storm which bleached white the entire area of another leading hybrid growing alongside it in the same field.”

Dan Kiddy, Wm Kerr Farms, Suffolk