OSR men on a roll
Oilseed rape growers in Yorks are set to roll crops to control canopy development.
"It is really an extension of HGCA-funded work, which shows that mowing forward rape crops has yield benefits," says Hull-based independent agronomist Simon Senior.
"It does the same job as mowing or grazing with livestock, but uses equipment most growers have on farm." Two years ago it worked well.
"We found it was also a useful way of controlling runch and charlock; the rolling bruises the weeds, which lets the frost kill them." *