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

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AHDB Oilseed rape diseases

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AHDB Erucic acid in oilseed rape

Guidelines to minimise the risk of erucic acid in double-low oilseed rape
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AHDB Pre-harvest glyphosate

Best practice for timing glyphosate application in oilseed rape
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