A NEW INITIATIVE designed to improve UK oilseed rape yields and make them more consistent has been launched by Grainfarmers and UAP.
The ‘Energise’ project brings together a range of companies and research bodies from across the industry and began last year with trials by CPB Twyford looking at the potential of new hybrid variety, Trabant.
Historically there has been less money spent on the development of oilseed rape varieties compared to other crops, but this is likely to change as OSR demand increases, said UAP’s Lawrence Hicks.
“With this project we want to develop our understanding and improve crop husbandry and yield by co-operation and collaboration across the industry.”
The package will offer growers buy back and fixed price contracts for a range of niche end markets, including low linoleic varieties and biodiesel, added Tim Hirst from Grainfarmers UAP.
Contract details are still being finalised, but customers will also be able to source seed and fertilisers through Grainfarmers UAP and agronomy advice from UAP, he said.
“The individual grower does not have to use all components of the offer but it is important that we can provide the full package and leave the opportunity for local co-operation.”
The Energise project is looking for a range of farmers from within their existing portfolio to get involved with implementing and testing new varieties and techniques identified.