11 June 1999
Oilseed rape remains attractive
OILSEED rape production is forecast to be an attractive deal even with the cuts in European support payments, according to the Scottish Agricultural College.
Senior economist Dr Garth Entwistle claims there are a number of factors running in its favour, including increasing world-wide demand for vegetable oil.
Other benefits include the effects of yields of first wheats in the cereals rotation, its competitive position against second and third wheats and its potential for alternative industrial uses.
Dr Entwistle told a Manchester conference that farmers should be confident that oilseed rape and other major European oilseeds should remain an important part of the European Union arable rotation.