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

OSR Masters

ARABLE

How an OSR grower has adapted production in a tricky year

Lessons learned from one of the most challenging seasons for growing oilseed rape are helping Bedfordshire grower Philip Woods fine-tune his future management of the crop. Oilseed rape has an…

ARABLE

4 growers on how they get oilseed rape off to the best start

Since good establishment of oilseed rape is essential for high yields we look to pick up some tips by following four growers to see how they get their crops off…

OILSEED RAPE

Oilseed rape growers plan a strategy for this season

Oilseed rape has given many growers a rollercoaster ride this year. As it comes under renewed scrutiny, we find out how our three new Oilseed Rape Masters are managing the…

OILSEED RAPE

Drought and pests give rapeseed growers a tough start

Establishing vigorously growing plants and using companion crops could help oilseed rape growers cope in the future with the drought and pest problems seen in the summer of 2018. Lack…

Latest oilseed rape Know How articles

VARIETY SELECTION

How OSR growers will benefit from genome-wide breeding

The adoption of genome-wide selection by a major oilseed rape breeder could see a trebling in the yearly genetic gain in yields, along with new designer varieties. Over the past…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Tips on how to beat flea beetle when growing oilseed rape

A combination of only drilling when there is soil moisture, selecting the right variety and giving seedlings a nutritional boost are some of the measures helping crops cope better with…

ARABLE

Swedish rapeseed grower tackles clubroot

Lars Baekted is stretching his crop rotation after seeing clubroot spread into his oilseed rape crops and depress yields on the Swedish farm estate he manages. His plan is to…

ROTATIONS

Why herbal leys have been added to arable rotation trial

The benefits of adding sugar beet and herbal leys in arable rotations are being investigated in a long-term rotational study in Suffolk, reflecting the changing challenges faced by growers.  After…

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