25 July 1997

OSR growth booster

OILSEED rape is to get its own growth stimulant this autumn.

The product is claimed to enhance root development and bolster yields.

Axon prompts rape plants to produce more auxins, thereby increasing early rooting and subsequent yield, claims supplier Dalgety. Early vigour and establishment also benefit.

"Independent replicated trials carried out across the country have produced both dramatic and very consistent yield responses," says Dalgety pgr manager, Colin Lloyd. Yield increases have averaged over 8% from early autumn application.

Applying the product at 1.25 litres/ha between the 2-7 leaf stage (GS 1,02 to 1,07) makes best use of the growth stimulants tank- mix safening qualities, adds Mr Lloyd. Estimated treatment cost is £11/ha. &#42