Where to Grow
• When early drilling due to low risk of over development pre winter
• Where easy management is key:
– Strong disease resistance to Stem Canker and Light Leaf Spot
– Short flowering season to limit exposure to Sclerotinia
– Short canopy to which it is easy to apply fertilisers and sprays
– Ease of combining and increased combine speeds
• When lodging risk is high due to:
– High fertility of sites
– Exposed locations of high rainfall and frequent high winds
• Seed rate should target an even plant stand of 25-50 plants/m2 in spring depending on the situation
• Double phoma resistance means phoma leaf spot thresholds for treatment may not be met until later in the autumn if at all.
• Light Leaf Spot should be monitored but high resistance reduces the risk of severe infections.
• PGRs are not necessary to prevent lodging but may provide canopy architecture benefits to improve light penetration and interception by leaves.
• Ensure the Green Area Index is accurately determined at the start of spring growth before deciding Nitrogen rates
• Pod Shatter Resistance reduces the risk of seed losses approaching and during harvest and will protect the crop where harvest is delayed