Know How / Oilseed rape / Variety selection

With so many oilseed rape varieties being marketed, some of which have specific recommendations or specialist end uses, most growers want high gross output with good resistance to disease and lodging. Discover which varieties are performing well in your region, as well as the latest advice on how to grow them.

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JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a seeds sales manager?

If you have got a passion for crops and want to be on the front line of variety developments then a job as a seed product manager could be the…

OILSEED RAPE

How drought and pests have challenged our four OSR growers

Very dry soils and persistent cabbage stem flea beetle activity have made oilseed rape establishment more challenging than expected for most of our Oilseed Rape Masters this season. In the…

ROTATIONS

Added-value crops help manage risk on variable soils

Growing crops for added value premiums allows Northampton farmer Rick Davies to offset the extra income against the effects of cropping highly variable soils. With 404ha of combinable crops being…

ARABLE

Bold rapeseed variety choice secures profitable future

Since estate manager Toby Hogsbjerg made the radical decision to completely switch to Clearfield oilseed rape varieties, the estate's rapeseed crops have yielded almost 1t/ha more. A serious charlock problem…

HARVEST

Video: World record OSR yield attempt in Lincolnshire

High on the Lincolnshire Wolds, grower Tim Lamyman is trying to break his own world yield record for oilseed rape and the omens look good. There is thick carpet of…

Hybrid oilseed rape aids grower on challenging heavy soils

Growing a hybrid oilseed rape variety has helped grower Andy Fussell succeed on the challenging heavy land of north-east Somerset. “Oilseed rape has always struggled on our Grade 3 land,…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Expert picks his top OSR varieties for this summer

With nine new winter oilseed rape varieties on this year’s AHDB Recommended List, growers have 26 different varieties to choose from when drilling the 2019-20 crop this summer. Three of…

VARIETY SELECTION

Advice on picking OSR varieties to drill this autumn

The new format of the winter oilseed rape Recommended List can’t disguise the fact that growers have never had such a good range of varieties to choose from. While the…

ARABLE

High-yielding OSR variety helps growers fight disease

Oilseed rape growers now have a high-yielding option that offers resistance to the turnip yellows virus, which can reduce yields by up to 30%. Architect is the only variety on…

ARABLE

Two new OSR varieties offer northern growers higher yields

Oilseed rape growers in Scotland and northern England could be set to benefit from the launch of two new varieties, which should deliver consistently higher yields across more difficult terrain.…

ARABLE

How to find the best varieties on revamped OSR list

The AHDB Recommended List for winter oilseed rape has been given a makeover, with all the varieties recommended for growing in different regions of the UK now being displayed in…

ARABLE

Oilseed rape variety proves its worth against charlock

Michael Maxwell vowed never to grow oilseed rape again on a charlock-infested field until being tempted to try a variety tolerant to a herbicide particularly good at killing this brassica…

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VARIETY SELECTION

What the new TuYV-resistant varieties mean for OSR yields

Two new varieties on the Recommended List this year offer growers the opportunity to protect their crops from the turnip yellows virus while also achieving top yields. When the first…

VARIETY SELECTION

How Clearfield varieties can tackle erucic acid in OSR

Rapeseed exceeding erucic acid limits continues to be a problem for crushers, resulting in farmers facing deductions or even rejections of loads. Erucic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid…

OILSEED RAPE

Rapeseed needs a price hike to prompt a bigger area

Rapeseed prices will need to tick higher to encourage a bigger oilseed rape crop to be drilled this summer as growers watch their crops struggling in the current wet weather.…

HARVEST

Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding oilseed rape varieties

Throughout the harvest season we will be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List 2017 harvest results. Use the map below to…

OILSEED RAPE

Growers spoilt for choice with new oilseed rape varieties

Conventional oilseed rape varieties may continue to set the pace for gross output, but there is plenty of interest in hybrids and specialist types, especially the Clearfield varieties, according to…

ARABLE

Too many varieties hold back national OSR yield

Crop record-keeping data shows an alarmingly high number of oilseed rape varieties being grown commercially across the UK – and this could be contributing to a stagnant national average yield.…

OILSEED RAPE

Why low biomass hybrids can cut the risk of OSR growing

The latest semi-dwarf winter oilseed rape to join the Recommended List is the first in a new generation of low biomass hybrids that promises to solve some of the current…

OILSEED RAPE

How variety choice can help ease the oilseed rape harvest

Ease of harvesting could become just as important as ease of management when it comes to choosing oilseed rape varieties. The threat to glyphosate’s future and the possibility of greater…

OILSEED RAPE

How one OSR candidate variety can fight disease and pests

A candidate oilseed rape variety with ideal characteristics to help manage some of the crop’s most damaging threats is being tipped for success by the seed trade this autumn. The…

VARIETY SELECTION

Analysis: What the new recommended varieties offer growers

Seed trade experts picked out the possible winners from the wide array of 29 new cereal and oilseed rape varieties that were added to the AHDB Recommend List for 2017-18.…

VARIETY SELECTION

Top-yielding candidate varieties revealed

Last season was a challenging one, with “average” yields being the new “good”. However, some candidate varieties in AHDB trials offered a glimpse of what is to come. Those up…

HARVEST

Harvest 2016 verdict: What we learned from barley and OSR

Both oilseed rape and winter barley were the real disappointments this harvest, with yields 10-20% down on the five-year average and very low winter barley specific weights are already leading…