Dekalb trials manager, Anders Christensen reports on early OSR development across the country from the company’s network of 25 trial sites.
Clearfield oilseed rape is reinforcing its potential as a mainstream OSR choice on a Hampshire estate, where it is being grown on a field with a history of charlock infestation that almost wrote off the last crop of OSR in 2013.
Despite continuing to grow it one year in every three or four, Rob Morgan and his agronomist brother, Dai are pushing 5t/ha from the 25ha or so of winter rape they grow each year on their family’s Home Farm, Acton Burnell on the northern edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Winter oilseed rape is far from the Guy Shelby’s favourite crop at Benningholme Grange Farm to the northeast of Hull in the heart of Holderness. But the OSR recipe the 2016 Arable Farmer of the Year and his Agrii team have developed in recent ensures it is consistently one of the most profitable crops on his family’s 550 ha Crown Estates tenancy.
A winter oilseed rape production system originally was only attractive to growers with serious cruciferous weed problems has mushroomed in popularity over the past four years to become the single biggest individual sector of the British crop.
With European legal standards for erucic acid in rapeseed oil for food products likely to be tightened from 5% to just 2% in the near future
DEKALB has launched an innovative scheme that promises to markedly reduce OSR growers’ erucic acid contamination concerns by harnessing industry- leading breeding, production and analysis technologies
The Clearfield® area is expected to double in size again this year . If you’re using Clearfield® this season, here’s a guide on how you can get the most out of your crop.
Clear differences in both autumn and spring vigour between leading winter OSR varieties have been highlighted in Agrii’s national variety trials, with DEKALB breeding standing out for its across-the-board strength to offer particular resilience under challenging conditions.
Consistently reliable establishment is the overwhelming oilseed rape-growing priority for Jim Beeden and his Frontier agronomist, Jeremy Nicholson at Flagleaf Farming in North Lincolnshire.