Philip Woods

Farmer, Lynchfield Corner Farm

Philip farms at Lynchfield Corner Farm, Kensworth Bedfordshire – as well as his own land he has some share and contract farming arrangements. He is growing hybrids and conventionals across a range of drilling dates.

David Lord

Farmer, Lord & Hunt Farm, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex

David Lord has made changes to the way that oilseed rape is established and grown on his 600ha family farm in the last three years, reducing the crop’s production costs by a third.

The purchase of a Cross Slot drill has allowed him to combine minimal soil disturbance with the use of companion crops and residue management, improving the timeliness of oilseed rape establishment and reducing his reliance on crop inputs.

He is also adding value to the crop by growing specialist HEAR varieties which command a premium.

Drilling date, which is usually in the third week of August, depends on soil moisture. Seed rates are varied according to a soil texture map, with David aiming for 20 plants/m² in the spring.

Sam Paske

Farmer, Hail Weston Farms Ltd., St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

The 135ha of oilseed rape grown across five farm sites by farm manager Sam Paske gets a great deal of attention in its first six weeks.

Having set himself the challenge of improving the crop’s performance, Sam has introduced a new one-pass establishment system and has kept costs in check by making good use of home-saved seed.

Fitting a Techneat Terracast seeded on the back of a Horsch Tiger cultivator has enabled him to reduce the time and costs associated with oilseed rape establishment, while limiting grass weed germination on the heavy clay soils and reducing the black-grass burden.

Drilling takes place in mid-August in most years, with slug pellets applied at the same time, and the crop then being rolled twice to help conserve moisture. Flea beetle is the biggest threat to establishment, with prompt spraying carried out when thresholds are breached.

Karl Schneider

Editorial Director, Farmers Weekly

Karl Schneider is editor of Farmers Weekly and editorial director of Proagrica, the global agriculture media, software, data and connectivity business.

Karl has been a business journalist for 30 years, working closely with the Farmers Weekly team for more than a decade and before that holding senior roles on some of the UK’s biggest titles including New Scientist and Computer Weekly.

Dr. David Ellerton

Technical Development Director
Hutchinsons Ltd

Following his degree in Plant Science at King’s College, London, David completed his PhD at the James Hutton Institute in 1980. He then joined ADAS for 4 years as a plant pathologist based in Cambridge specializing in cereals and oilseed rape before joining ProCam in 1984 as a Technical Director.

In August 2010 he joined Hutchinsons as Technical Development Director helping to coordinate the many technical services offered by the company.

Currently he sits on the Executive Board of The British Crop Production Council, the Policy and Strategic Development Committee of LEAF, and the AHDB/Defra UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey Steering Committee (UKCPVS). He is a former member of the AHDB R&D committee and has chaired a number of long-term cross industry projects.

Dr. Sarah Kendall

Crop physiologist, ADAS

Dr. Sarah Kendall has worked for ADAS as a crop physiologist for 6 years, during which time she has developed a keen interest in understanding oilseed rape yields, developing knowledge of oilseed rape and nutrition and how this should be managed to maximise yields.

Through her involvement with the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN), Dr. Kendall has worked on understanding how oilseed rape yields can be improved and, through agronomy and breeding, what the main targets should be. The YEN aims to identify and support innovative farmers who are trying to enhance their yields through novel approaches. Together, with the YEN Yield Testing project, YEN aims to promote a farmer-led approach to research, and Sarah is currently working with oilseed rape farmers across the country to realise this.

Sacha White

Entomologist, ADAS

Sacha White is an entomologist with over 10 years’ experience of pest management in arable and, as well management of tree pests and invasive organisms. The focus of his work is the development of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes to provide sustainable pest control.

Since joining ADAS in 2013 he has managed several AHDB- and industry- funded projects, including monitoring, surveying and developing IPM for cabbage stem flea beetle, developing prediction and management programmes for insecticide resistance, and managing aphids, TuYV, mangold fly and slugs.

Sacha has also been involved in a number of projects including the AHDB-funded entomological fellowship, and the ‘Encyclopedia of pests and natural enemies in field crops’. Much of his work involves applying modelling approaches to improve pest prediction and control.

Owen Cligg

Trading Manager, United Oilseeds

Owen Cligg is Trading Manager at national independent farmers’ co-operative, United Oilseeds, since joining in 2009. Responsible for trading oilseeds in pools and fixed price markets, Owen manages the largest rapeseed pools in the country and has helped to develop specialist markets for High Erucic Acid Rape (HEAR) and High Oleic and Low Linolenic rape (HOLL) on behalf of United Oilseeds 4,500 farmer members.

In addition to rapeseed, Owen advises on United Oilseeds’ trading in other commodities such as beans, oats and rapemeal. A graduate of Nottingham University, Owen joined United Oilseeds from Wessex Grain and has worked with other grain merchants in the South West.

Tim Lamyman

Farmer and 2018 OSR yield world recorder holder

Tim Lamyman is a third generation farmer, farming 600 ha of grade 2 and 3 chalky Wold land in the middle of the Lincolnshire Wolds and 120 ha of sandy soil at Tumby in mid-Lincs. Tim has managed the farms since 1998, when he started overhauling the land work strategies, moving to altering the fertiliser and spray applications in the early 2000’s.

From about 2005, he started looking at applying nutrients to crops to improve yields further and in 2010 discovered that some of the nutrients being applied had extra benefits for the crops. This lead to the farm experimenting on how to prolong maximum green leaf area to capture as much solar radiation as possible to convert into yield.

Tim is the 2018 World Oilseed Rape World Record holder at 7.01 t/ha and previous 2014 and 2015 oilseed rape World Record 6.7 t/ha.

Damian McAuley


Damian McAuley is an independent agronomist and member of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC). Based in Northamptonshire but operating from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire, he advises growers on a range of crops, cropping systems and soil types but with special expertise in the management of cereals and oilseed rape in the presence of resistant grass weeds.

Damian has been working with PR Farming since 2015, advising on their home farm as well as contracted land, and have helped with the development of new establishment methods including direct drills, cover and companion crops. He is an experienced journalist and agronomy consultant for a number of farming publications and in 2016 was awarded the title Agronomist of the Year.