Oilseed rape harvest. © Tim Scrivener© Tim Scrivener
Oilseed rape growers need to improve weed control, test farm-saved seed and separate specialist varieties to prepare for tighter rules on key erucic acid levels expected later this year. Erucic acids levels in rapeseed have been creeping up over the past few years leading to price penalties and outright rejections of oilseed rape loads, costing growers dearly. The reasons behind the problem are unclear but three of the main culprits are seen as cruciferous weed contamination, farm-saved seed and mixing […]