19 July 2002

Direct cut savings on offer with OSR

OILSEED rape growers able to combine directly can save nearly 7% of the crops value, according to Advanta Seeds.

The firm estimates that at £132/t swathing soaks up 6.79% of the return from an average 3.9t/ha crop. Desiccating, including chemical and application costs and an allowance for wheeling losses, absorbs 4.65%, its figures show.

Direct combining also removes the worry of getting timings correct, important both for swathing and desiccating, says the company.

A strong standing variety, such as Apex successor Courage, can significantly help cut variable costs, it points out. &#42