Know How / Oilseed rape

In a tough oilseeds market, our oilseed rape page aims to help you grow a more profitable crop in the face of rising inputs and volatile markets.

This is your starting point for addressing challenges such as the rising pest and disease threat, integrating different cultivation techniques, exploring precision farming and protecting the environment.

Key areas of focus:

  • Getting establishment right
  • Planning fungicide strategy
  • Assessing fertiliser requirements
  • Keeping on top of blackgrass
  • Choosing the right varieties for the right market

External resources

AHDB Oilseed rape growth guide

View guide

AHDB Oilseed rape diseases

View guide

AHDB Erucic acid in oilseed rape

Guidelines to minimise the risk of erucic acid in double-low oilseed rape
View guide

AHDB Pre-harvest glyphosate

Best practice for timing glyphosate application in oilseed rape
View guide

Latest oilseed rape Know How articles


How OSR is working in a regenerative farming system

Oilseed rape is still being grown by Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Jackson, but on a smaller scale than before and in a much wider rotation – in keeping with his aim…


The Soil Health Scorecard: What it is and how to use it

A new way to quantify soil health allows farmers to measure any improvements over time, as well as identify potential problems that could be holding yields back. Until now there…


Autocasting gets oilseed rape in early to resist flea beetle

A Northamptonshire farm is sowing oilseed rape when combining the previous cereal crop, cutting costs and getting the rapeseed off to a good early start on its light land. The…


Net-zero demo farm's three-pronged approach to cutting carbon

A Cambridgeshire net zero demonstration farmer has a three-pronged approach to cut his carbon footprint and replace income lost through the phasing out of BPS payments. David Felce, who farms…

More articles