2 August 2001
New OSR variety is exceptional

CLIFFORD SPENCER, who farms at Rudstone near Driffield, E Yorkshire, has combined an exceptional crop of oilseed rape.

Nineteen hectares (48 acres) of Royal, grown for Syngenta under trial, have yielded 4.9t/ha (2t/acre), “this is a third more than average for anything grown on the chalk Wolds. It is exceptional, a real cracker.”

Another nineteen hectares, of Damas feed barley, has yielded 8.1t/ha (3.3t/acre). He says this is average considering the appalling drilling conditions in autumn.

They also have wheat to harvest, which will be at least two weeks.

In the mean time, they will start harvesting novel crops including Crest, mustard, turnip seed and a set-aside crop called Abyssinian mustard

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