Expert advice on maximising oilseed rape yields in a difficult season

After such a wet autumn and winter, the big question over oilseed rape this spring is: “What can farmers do to maximise yields in a very difficult season for oilseed rape?”

Oilseed growers have suffered from:

  • Poor crop establishment
  • Flea beetle attacks
  • Poor rooting
  • And many crops are still struggling in waterlogged fields.

We invited three well-informed OSR experts to provide you with alternative solutions to help your crops flourish in the spring and share first-hand on-farm experience and results from farm trials.

  • First up Syed Shah, regional agronomist at crop consultants Niab, looks at the role of bio-stimulants in encouraging often thin and patchy crops to recovery this spring.
  • Then Kent grower Andy Barr talks about his work using tissue testing to try and provide his oilseed rape crops with the specific micronutrients they need to thrive.
  • Lastly we are joined by John Sellars, who is the oilseed rape category manager for agrochemicals and seeds group Corteva Agriscience, who will focus on weed control for this coming spring.

This session is chaired by Farmers Weekly deputy arable editor, David Jones – listen now.

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