Fertiliser advice – Keep the faith

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Good oilseed rape establishment and a strong market could mean things are looking up for growers who kept their faith in the crop. CPM gets advice on matching fertiliser inputs to crop potential this spring. It’s always easier to manage a big crop backwards. By Rob Jones and Lucy de la Pasture In spite of its performance last season, many growers stuck with oilseed rape last autumn. According to the AHDB Early Bird Survey, 312kha went into the ground – a reduction in area of around 18%. But with many crops well established, those that have stuck with OSR have reason to be confident they made the right decision, says Mark Garrett of CF Fertilisers. “Prices are at a high level and most people will have strong proven OSR varieties in the ground. Genetic development hasn’t slowed down despite the problems many growers have had with cabbage stem flea beetle, so it’s still a high potential crop. It’s likely the lower volumes now being grown will mean output demand will remain strong,” he says. Once crops have got through the winter, nutrition is one of the main areas where growers can really make sure they benefit from the crop’s…
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