Spring OSR

James Ream

Member
Arable Farmer
How do people get on growing Spring OSR? Has anyone had any recent experience with it?
Following end of August combined S.Barley and felt it was too late to drill WOSR, kicking myself because as it turned out we probably would have been fine with the open Autumn we have just had.
Heavyish land, ground in good condition, purposely sparse CC of phacelia, Vetch, Buckwheat (now dead!) and odd Bit of barley.
Would be looking to DD straight in with JD750A.
Any advice / thoughts welcomed!
 
Sow it when conditions are right ie moisture in ground and warm do not go on calendar date. It’s easy to grow and will fly away. If goes well it can do a tonne to the acre no problem but patience if everything.
 

Bramble

Member
How lucky do you feel??

Last time I grew it I harvested 8tonnes off 26 acres, combined in November. Previously did 1t/ac off 25 acres, combined in September

Leave it fallow and get an early entry into WOSR
 

Rob Holmes

Moderator
BASIS
No, no, no and no!

Oh, and no again!

Grew it for 2 years to try and find a decent replacement for WOSR.
Gets full of Fat Hen and does well to do 3/4 ton/acre
Last year got 30 tons of 50 acres, MC% tested ok to combine but the Far hen bought MC% into mid teens
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Ask the Humongous.
 

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Location
North Notts
no idea on fert,spray and seed costs but at 3/4 t/a @£470 per tonne I'm sure its competitive with pea's, beans and linseed and oats

Are we too obsessed with break crops ? all of them seem to only cover cost to get back to wheat. I have 300 acres 1/4 of the farm due to come a spring break and wondering whether to put the lot into spring wheat, Would make the job a lot easier.
 

PSQ

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Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Many of us have tried it, few have succeeded.
If the seed breeders had an ounce of decency, they'd name the top variety 'Disappointment'.
It's hateful stuff, best avoided.
 

solo

Member
Location
worcestershire
When I used to grow spring rape it would do a ton to the acre on very light Sandy soil. Yields would vary somewhat depending on the season. Seed was small compared to winter osr. Pollen beetle was the biggest problem, as it used to migrate over from winter osr crops and reduce yield Only downside was it used to clash with wheat harvest which didn’t suit as I only grew wheat and osr then.
 

alomy75

Member
no idea on fert,spray and seed costs but at 3/4 t/a @£470 per tonne I'm sure its competitive with pea's, beans and linseed and oats

Are we too obsessed with break crops ? all of them seem to only cover cost to get back to wheat. I have 300 acres 1/4 of the farm due to come a spring break and wondering whether to put the lot into spring wheat, Would make the job a lot easier.
Depends what your grassweed burden is like and your attitude to resistance building up to chemistry. Having said that I do love spring wheat. Same heap, cheaper to grow and had some this spring do over 8t/ha. I do grow beans and beet too though.
 

glasshouse

Member
Location
lothians
no idea on fert,spray and seed costs but at 3/4 t/a @£470 per tonne I'm sure its competitive with pea's, beans and linseed and oats

Are we too obsessed with break crops ? all of them seem to only cover cost to get back to wheat. I have 300 acres 1/4 of the farm due to come a spring break and wondering whether to put the lot into spring wheat, Would make the job a lot easier.
Spring wheat is a disaster as a second or more cereal.
 

Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
Canola is a substantial crop here but does come with a multitude of things against it. Being gmo made canola a go to break crop. Before roundup and liberty tolerant canola it wasn’t much fun to grow. Weed control was poor at best and could only be grown on the cleanest of fields. Now it’s used to clean up some problem grass weeds on many western farms. It’s come a long way in the past twenty years in terms of yield but the main insect pests are still the same. This past year was by far the worse for flee beetles in western Canada. Many fields were reseeded some twice then abandoned due to such high numbers. Various seed treatments are available fir FB but it’s barely effective. Best is a fast emerging strong crop but it’s easier said than done. I’m in southern Manitoba and our soils grow very good canola but usually early July heat can blast flowers leaving sterile sites and no pods in places. Newer hybrids tend to cope with heat better than open pollinated varieties. In the past five years Bayer introduced varieties with a pod shatter gene bred into them. A major step forward for canola.
ironically roundup tolerant canola is second only to wild oats as the most prolific weed on grain farms. I grew it only once nearly 20 years ago and still have it popping up.
 

Flatlander

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
Climate and a better choice of insecticides
Climate I’d say was the main one. Although my area grows good canola further north where the days are longer and early July is cooler during flowering far surpass thus region in yield, so much that wheat is their break crop. With canola at over 1k a ton there will be some rotations of canola snow canola, making way fir club root to spread.
 

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