High Oleic Low Linolenic (HOLL) winter oilseed rape offers attractive premiums at similar gross outputs to the best of ordinary ‘double lows’.

HOLL rapeseed produces a high-stability frying, baking and cooking oil increasingly sought after by European food processors.

Already substantial, the market for HOLL rapeseed oil as an alternative to palm oil and sunflower oil is growing every year.

Supply matched to demand through annual production contracts delivers fixed premiums on top of standard oil bonuses.

Current HOLL facts

  • HOLL crops occupy an estimated 7% of the 2015/16 British winter OSR area, with considerable potential for future growth.
  • Gross outputs averaging over 4.6 t/ha in 2015 put HOLL hybrids comfortably up with the best performing ordinary ‘double low’ varieties.
  • Well over 90% of the HOLL samples tested by the Monsanto laboratory in 2015 were within specification, earning flat rate premiums of up to £25/t.

1. Identify suitable land

Maximise your chance of full specification crops by choosing land that hasn’t grown rape for four years or more when introducing HOLL into the rotation.

2. Secure a contract

Obtain an acreage-based HOLL contract to supply UK and European crushers through Agrii, Frontier, Harlow Agricultural Merchants, Openfield or United Oilseeds.ad

3. Optimise contract value

Use your merchant’s marketing tools and expertise to secure the base pricing, storage and delivery options that best suit your needs.

3. Choose a variety

Select a high output HOLL hybrid, like V316OL, V324OL, V292OL or V295OL, which combines top-level gross output with excellent agronomic characteristics and disease resistance.

4. Establish the crop well

Employ establishment regimes that minimise volunteers and cruciferous weeds, as well as encouraging the best possible early crop growth.

HOLL oilseed rape establisment - minimising volunteers and weeds

HOLL oilseed rape establisment – minimising volunteers and weeds

5. Employ standard agronomy

Manage your HOLL crops and protect them against pests and disease in exactly the same way as ordinary ‘double low’ winter OSR.

HOLL rapeseed growing

HOLL rapeseed growing

6. Inspect for cleanliness

Watch out for volunteers and cruciferous weeds in autumn and spring, ear-marking any part of the crop with significant contamination for separate harvesting.

7. Preserve harvest and storage identity

Keep your HOLL crops separate from ordinary ‘double lows’ at harvest and in store, separating any possibly contaminated parts of the crop pending oil quality testing.

HOLL oilseed rape in full-flower

HOLL oilseed rape in full-flower

8. Obtain a free pre-movement oil quality test

Send representative samples of your HOLL crops to Monsanto’s laboratory for free confirmation of the oil profile before moving it off the farm.


9. Deliver to crush or store

Deliver your quality-confirmed HOLL rapeseed to crush or merchant store, including any small amount of below-specification crop with your ordinary ‘double low’ rapeseed.

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