Premium-earning High Oleic Low Linolenic (HOLL) winter oilseed rape plantingsare set to more than triple across the country in the coming season as extraseed supplies are secured for the UK to meet increased crusher demand andexceptional grower interest.
Announcing the wider availability of seed for autumn planting this week (March27) Monsanto UK lead, Geoff Hall suggested that HOLL varieties could command a2015/16 market share of as much as 10% in a unprecedented vote of industry confidencein the added-value rapeseed sector.
The arrival of V316OL at the very top of the current East & WestRecommended List on gross output alone has really opened growers eyes to thepotential HOLL production offers, he pointed out. It has highlighted the factthat our modern hybrids can perform at least as well as the highest outputordinary double lows while delivering flat rate premiums on top of oil bonusesthat are particularly attractive at current rapeseed prices.
At the same time, to meet growing European demand for healthier vegetable oilswith greater functionality in place of sunflower and palm oil both the main UKcrushers have significantly increased the volumes they would like for 2016harvest. And no less than three continental crushers are also seeking increasingsupplies from British growers to meet their market demand.
To ensure thebest matching of supply with this demand and valuable stability as well astraceability and quality assurance for producers and customers alike HOLLvarieties continue to be available via specialist contracts with designated crushersthrough committed seed suppliers and grain buyers.
Premiums for 2016 harvest remain highly attractive, with the latest Strutt & Parker costings showing HOLL croppingdelivering an estimated gross margin more than 100/ha higher than an ordinary doublelow standard and above even a typical High Erucic Acid Rape (HEAR) with a95/t premium.
Furthermore, GeoffHall reports that a good 95% of HOLL samples analysed ahead of movement byMonsantos laboratory service as part of the grower contract regularly meet thepremium-earning linolenic oil specification.
Research shows our modern hybrids are much more competitive with OSRvolunteers than the original pure line HOLLs too, he added. Care in seed andcrop identification and management continues to be important. But this means growersclearly have more flexibility in reliably introducing the crop into theirrotations these days. And, of course, theres no performance penalty overordinary double lows should any crop actually fail to make the premiumspecification.
To provide sufficient seed to meet the major expansion in contracts for 2015planting, Monsanto is complementing RL-topping V316OL and V295OL widelyproven in UK growing with two other HOLL hybrid stablemates from itsextensive breeding programme. Both current RL candidate, V324OL and V292OLwhich is already competing strongly with top yielding varieties in commercialproduction in Germany, combine notably high gross outputs with linolenic acidlevels comfortably below 3%.
Like the varietiesthey join, our extra hybrid HOLLs dont yet carry the full set of DKyield-protecting traits, said Geoff Hall. However, like V316OL and V292OLtoo, their disease resistance and agronomics stand out from the majority ofcurrently available UK varieties. So growers should have no concerns in theserespects either.
The demand for contracts we and our partners are receiving this season meansHOLL-growing is really coming of age, he concluded. The extra seed suppliesweve been able to secure from our European colleagues will really help. Evenso, theyre unlikely to be enough to completely satisfy current interest. Thismeans contracts are being offered by seed suppliers very much on a first-come,first-served basis.