High value spring OSR opportunity shouldn’t be missed


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

With the price of oilseed rape surging to a multi-year high in recent weeks and prospects looking strong for the coming year, spring-sown OSR could deliver real benefits for growers in 2021, according to the latest advice from ADM Agriculture. Charlotte Cunningham reports. New generation varieties able to deliver their full potential in the shorter growing window combined with greater understanding of the crop’s management, means spring sown OSR now provides the best opportunity for growers in its history, aided mainly by the hybridisation of the crop in the past decade, ADM’s head of seed, James Barlow. “Around two thirds of OSR grown across the world is spring sown, so while it’s historically been a niche crop in the UK, this isn’t the case at a global level. “Recent price gains have underpinned the production economics of the crop, but it also adds another vital spring crop into the rotation and be a useful tool in blackgrass management where this is a problem. “Sowing is a critical area and should be carried out in the best conditions possible to ensure rapid and even emergence. It is always better to wait for optimum seedbed conditions rather than sowing early.” Optimum sowing…
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