Around three to four times this year’s 5,000ha HOLL would be planted next autumn, he predicted. “That’s subject to finding suitable land: We need to be mindful of volunteers and the farm has to be able to keep it separate in store,” he stressed.
With contracts offering a £44/t premium to conventional 00 rapeseeds for harvest 2008, HOLL was a very attractive proposition, particularly for growers with virgin oilseed rape land, such as former sugar beet growers.
ADM’s decision not to accept new variety V1410L was a setback, he admitted, although Cargill was still looking at the higher yielding newcomer.
Splendor, the current standard, has a gross output around 15% lower than conventional variety controls compared with a 9% drop for V1410L. But breeders would be able to close the yield gap, he suggested, adding that in the future the market for premium oilseeds and standard double-lows could mirror milling and feed wheats.