The first and only UK recommended Clearfield OSR

The first and only UK recommended Clearfield OSR

The UK’s oilseed rape growers have been through a number of significant challenges in recent seasons.

Weather, pest and weed pressure have all played their part in frustrating farmers’ ability to grow consistent, profitable crops.

But the importance of oilseed rape to the rotation – coupled with the unrivalled gross margins in comparison to other break crops – means many growers are reluctant to turn their backs on it.

Fortunately, developments in breeding by bringing Clearfield varieties onto the market has delivered hope for growers plagued by brassica weed issues, that have traditionally deterred them from growing the break crop.

PT279CL from Pioneer is a non-dwarf, double low variety and is the only Clearfield hybrid on this year’s AHDB Recommended List.

Using PT279CL is a new way to approach weed control in oilseed rape, allowing true post-emergence broad-spectrum activity on weeds such as cranesbill, fumitory, groundsel, mayweed, poppy and chickweed.

With a UK listing, PT279CL is the highest-yielding Clearfield variety ever to achieve either official registration in the UK or to be tested by the AHDB.

It scores 6 for light leaf spot and 5 for stem canker with an oil content of 45%.

Pioneer’s seeds and inoculants manager Andy Stainthorpe said: “To get on the list it has effectively beaten every other Clearfield hybrid that has ever gone through UK registration or AHDB testing.

“It has competed against all-comers and won on yield hands down to be the most proven Clearfield hybrid that the farmer can grow.”

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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...