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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Essex grower sees cost savings with disease-tolerant OSR

Alex Jessop-Gaymer is looking to grow a larger area of a new sclerotinia-tolerant oilseed rape variety next season after it saved him the cost of a flowering fungicide spray this…


Why Holl oilseed rape is working for winning grower

Lincolnshire grower Mark Stubbs switched to growing high oleic low linoleic (Holl) oilseed rape varieties for the chance to earn a premium price and now sets an ambitious target yield…


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…


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…


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…


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…

Practical advice

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Advice on reducing harvest losses in oilseed rape

Getting pre-harvest management of OSR crops right is essential for minimising harvest losses, which is not just money down the drain, but creates volunteer problems for years to come. Losses…


Why primed OSR seed could help with crop establishment

A new oilseed rape variety will be available this summer only as primed seed which is aimed at helping with early establishment and coping with early pest attacks and dry…


Sclerotinia-tolerant OSR set to reduce flowering sprays

Strong demand is expected for the first oilseed rape variety showing sclerotinia disease tolerance, with enough seed available this summer to drill 2.5% of the rapeseed area. The new hybrid…


Tips on getting most from clubroot-resistant OSR varieties

Clubroot-resistant OSR varieties are a valuable tool for keeping the crop in the rotation, but growers should also deploy other measures such as liming affected fields. That’s because an over-reliance…


Guide to which OSR varieties to drill in summer 2020

There is a whole host of very good winter oilseed rape varieties on the current AHDB Recommended List, with 13 new additions to consider for all areas and growing situations,…


A regional guide to OSR variety choices for autumn 2019

Choosing the right oilseed variety is becoming increasingly important for growers across Britain, as they look to reduce the risk of a costly crop failure resulting from its many regional challenges.…


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A guide on which OSR varieties to grow next season

Twelve winter oilseed rape varieties joined the AHDB Recommended List for 2022-23, with a range of types being added as the crop’s fortunes continue to improve. Hybrids, conventionals, specialist Clearfield…


What OSR varieties with new phoma-resistance gene offer

The arrival of two winter oilseed rape varieties with a phoma-resistance gene – known as RlmS – comes as the first indications of a breakdown in the existing Rlm7 resistance are…


Why OSR growers need to be aware of cylindrosporium

UK oilseed rape growers are already familiar with light leaf spot disease with its characteristic puckered leaves, but they may be underestimating the cost of the disease on stem health.…


What AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds spends its levy cash on

AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds is aiming to get on the front foot and attack some of the UK arable industry’s key issues, which are set to be identified in its…


New varieties with better disease resistance get green light

New cereal and oilseed rape varieties with improved yields and resistance to diseases have been given the official green light for next year’s drilling plans, which may help growers with…


Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…


What is vigour and how can it help you choose OSR variety?

Picking the right oilseed rape variety is critical in minimising the damage from cabbage stem flea beetle in crops, and a breeder has developed new vigour scores to help farmers…


Oilseed rape varieties to choose now and candidates coming up

Five hybrid winter oilseed rape varieties from three plant breeding companies were added to the AHDB’s Recommended List 2021/22, joining a strong existing line-up of high-performing varieties. Two of the…


First-ever sclerotinia-tolerant OSR could help cut costs

Oilseed rape growers may be able to save money and miss out on a fungicide flowering spray by drilling the first ever variety with tolerance to stem rot disease sclerotinia.…


Analysis: Cost of extreme weather on 2020 crop performance

The weather extremes in the hugely difficult 2019-20 cropping season provided a unique test of crop performance, with some new winter wheat varieties showing promise. From some of the wettest…


Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…


A guide to the top 6 yielding OSR varieties on the UK list

The five new high-yielding additions to the UK oilseed rape Recommended List all come from the same breeder as Aspire, the existing top performer. Newcomers Acacia, Ambassador, Aurelia, Artemis and…