DK Exclaim and DK Expansion have topped replicated Scottish Agronomy trials for DEAKLB with seed yields of comfortably over 5t/ha.
At Shaw Hill Farm, Kirkbride close to the Solway Firth in Cumbria, JG & DE Hodgson have enjoyed their most productive oilseed rape year ever, from 34ha of DK Exception combined in the nick of time before the August rain brought harvest to a two-week halt.
Sowing in the first half of September is being recognised as one of the best ways of combatting flea beetle. Earlier sowing can help OSR grow away from adult beetle grazing. However, the latest ADAS evidence supports DEKALB experience that later egg-laying and slower larval development at cooler temperatures mean crops emerging after the peak of flea beetle migration in late-August suffer less from larvae than earlier sown ones.
DK Expansion deliver handsomely on farm
Trials performance underlines variety value
Danish grower, Morten Hansen from Slagelse on Zeeland has high hopes for the 20ha crop of DK Expansion he has entered in this year’s ADAS Oilseed YEN competition; the best crop he has ever grown.
A new variety and completely different approach to establishment have rewarded John & Alan Dunne with their highest oilseed rape yields ever at Ballycotton in East Cork.
With OSR growing becoming noticeably more challenging for the business since the loss of neonics, varieties with particular get-up-and-go in both the autumn and spring have become essential
Direct-drilling one of the fastest growing hybrids available after spring rather than winter barley has made all the difference in coping with a very dry autumn and serious flea beetle challenge at Spinney Farm, Market Harborough.
DK Expansion has delivered the goods handsomely at Elm Farm, Shipdam near Dereham, renewing Tim Barrell’s faith in oilseed rape after three years without the crop