Farmers Weekly Podcast Special: Sowing success – prospects for oilseed rape growers this spring

Farmers are returning to oilseed rape, having previously abandoned the crop due to pressure from cabbage stem flea beetle following the ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments.

UK growers are gradually learning to live with the pest, say experts – and high rape prices are helping to offset rising input costs, making the crop attractive again.

See also: OSR on recovery path as spring approaches

In this FW Podcast Special we look at the planted area – as well as crop management and the prospects for yields and prices.

Interviews and reporting by Hugh Broom and Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey.

Presented by Johann Tasker and produced in association with plant protection company Corteva.


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OSR is a vital part of the rotation and Corteva remains committed to helping deliver the tools to ensure the crop has a bright futures.

Challenges will be overcome by new thinking, open minds and innovation, allowing new strategies to emerge.

This year has seen the commercial launch of Pioneer Brand PT303, the first winter OSR hybrid with a claim for sclerotinia tolerance. The latest AHDB trials results show PT303 has given the highest gross output of all Recommended List entries, with a yield of 107%, and that was in trials that are fully protected against sclerotinia.

With an innovative R&D pipeline and fantastic varieties, alongside proven crop protection products such as Belkar, Astrokerb, Kerb Flo 500 and Korvetto, farmers will have the tools they need to maximise the potential of their crops.

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