After five years of decline, the national winter oilseed rape area is set to stabilise this autumn at just over 550,000 ha, according to the latest annual winter OSR Planting Intentions Study conducted by Independent Business Resource Ltd in conjunction with Kleffmann Group.
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Low biomass oilseed rape that is consistently more reliable to grow, easier to manage and very much faster to harvest is set to become increasingly popular across the country with the advent of a new generation of high yielding varieties with first class agronomics.
Of the 87 mainstream winter OSR varieties commercialised in the UK in the past 15 years, an industry-wide study reveals that less than 10% achieved a level of success over several seasons that would quality them as grower favourites.
Oilseed rape growers across the south east can reduce their establishment, management and crop management risks substantially with a novel production system that has been catching on in a big way in the past year, suggests Andrew Bourne of Ashford-based seed specialists, T. Denne & Sons.
Today’s oilseed rape crops require the most careful pre-harvest glyphosate management for the greatest reliability and value. Thicker-stemmed, better-branched hybrids grown at lower seed rates and with stay-green agronomy need particular harvest management care; especially with later-maturing varieties and chancy weather. As well as using modern Roundup formulations proven to deliver the most consistent performance under challenging conditions, spray timing needs to be matched to crop structure.
The fourth in our series of special articles on ways of building greater resilience into oilseed rape growing to cope with today’s uncertainties focusses on reducing seed losses at harvest.
An innovative scheme to be launched at Cereals 2017 promises to markedly reduce OSR growers’ erucic acid contamination concerns by harnessing industry- leading breeding, production and analysis technologies.
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