On Farm Opinion – Establishing profits

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Download PDF Using risk management strategies is essential for keeping oilseed rape in the rotation for one Northamptonshire grower. CPM finds out how his latest investment in a broadcasting system has been part of that. Autocasting helps to conserve soil moisture, critical to successful OSR establishment. By Rob Jones Following a seemingly good year and high prices being paid for many oilseed rape crops over the past 12 months, some arable farmers may be tempted to re-enter the OSR market – despite the dual threats of adverse weather and cabbage stem flee beetle that have accounted for poor yields and many lost crops in recent years. The crop has been a long-standing part of the rotation for Northamptonshire grower, Michael Gent – alongside father, John – who run a mixed enterprise farm with 500ha of combinable crops based at Oundle, achieving historical OSR yields of around 3t/ha on predominantly light land. As the land makes higher yields often unattainable, and with many years of growing experience, they view professional risk management as the only way to succeed with a crop that often seems to have a significant amount of luck attached to the end result. “We currently farm just under…
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