Oilseed rape – The future of OSR

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF The oilseed rape planted area looks on the up, with establishment lessons and advancing plant genetics taking the crop to places it’s never been before. CPM attended a Limagrain briefing in Lincolnshire in March to find out more. by Melanie Jenkins The trend for 2022 is very good but going further forward it looks very buoyant. OSR can be a tricky crop to grow, but refining establishment to cope with risks and selecting varieties with the right genetics can help mitigate threats and ensure a profitable crop at harvest. OSR plantings have gone through an evolution over the past eight years, from highs of 740,000ha in 2013/2014, to lows of 275,000ha in 2020/2021. But the trend is on the way back up with around 361,000ha planted in the 2021/2022 season, according to Andersons and Limagrain market data. “There’s an argument for whether the 2014 area was sustainable longer term, given the one in three rotation on many farms, and it marked the first harvest without neonicotinoid seed treatments,” says Will Charlton of Limagrain. “And in an ideal situation, with a brassica the rotation should be more like one in five. “The positive thing is we feel the planted…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...