Delaying sowing until relatively late to be sure of sufficient soil moisture to support establishment as well as germination could be the best strategy for many this season; not least in taking full advantage of especially warm soils after the scorching summer to get crops away from flea beetle and other early establishment Pressures.
In the final article in our series, DEKALB trials manager, Anders Christensen pulls together harvest data from the company’s UK research network to assess how key varieties have performed where it matters.
The most vigorous varieties and highly effective consolidation will be especially critical in OSR establishment this Autumn
Third instalment of harvest update
DEKALB's 2nd Harvest update
DEKALB trials manager, Anders Christensen uses his observations from the company’s 25 site trials network to assess crop progress in the immediate run-up to harvest.
The first installment of DEKALB's Harvest Updates out Friday 27th July
A number of key establishment factors distinguish UK winter OSR growers achieving higher average yields from those with more modest performance levels in a national study of more than 120 producers across the country.
Clearfield oilseed rape growing could well double for the fourth year in a row in the coming season, taking it to as much as 20% of national winter OSR plantings predicts the seed trade.
If anything, seed trade expectations could underestimate the growth in the UK Clearfield oilseed rape area this autumn, according to the latest national grower intelligence.