OSR challenges in a changing climate
13th February 2024
At a technical webinar held by LS Plant Breeding Ltd (LSPB) at the end of December, managing director Chris Guest discussed the challenges for OSR in the UK in a changing climate.
Limagrain varieties top the 2024/25 AHDB Recommended List
29th November 2023
For the second year running, plant breeder Limagrain’s winter wheat LG Beowulf and winter barley LG Caravelle, are the highest yielding varieties to join the 2024/25 AHDB Recommended List.
New RL for cereals and oilseeds launches
27th November 2023
AHDB has launched the online edition of the Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) 2024/25, which is “leaner and meaner” than previous years.
OSR: Don’t overlook boron this autumn, farmers warned
9th October 2023
With a challenging autumn for oilseed rape (OSR) establishment so far, looking after and maintaining the momentum of crops that have made it through becomes increasingly important, experts say.
Can drilling OSR later be successful?
24th August 2023
The answer is yes! The oilseed rape drilling window is far wider than often thought. Although most crops are drilled in the first two weeks of August, it is possible to drill into September and still get a good crop established, says leading plant breeders Limagrain UK.
Murray brings ace results for oilseed rape growers
16th August 2023
Murray winter oilseed rape was newly added to the AHDB Recommended List (RL) last autumn and went straight to the top of the East/West Region Only table. LS Plant Breeding are receiving positive reports from merchants and growers alike.
Genetic improvements to OSR varieties offer greater resistance to major diseases
7th August 2023
Emerging OSR varieties with improved genetics that keep plant stems healthy are offering growers increased resistance to yield-robbing diseases such as phoma, light leaf spot and verticillium, according to LSPB managing director Chris Guest.
Survey predicts reduced wheat area with barley and OSR on the rise
28th July 2023
Results from the latest Planting and Variety Survey indicate that more barley and oilseed rape (OSR) are being sown in the UK at the expense of wheat, the area of which is estimated to decrease by 3% for harvest 2023.
Deadline extended for farmers to fill out planting and variety survey
7th July 2023
AHDB has extended the deadline for levy payers to complete this year’s Planting and Variety Survey to Friday 21st July, in order to gain the best possible estimate of planted area for the upcoming harvest.
DSV presents new phoma-resistant OSR varieties at Cereals 2023
15th June 2023
DSV UK showcased its latest varieties at Cereals 2023, including the first two OSR varieties available in the UK featuring the company’s new PhomaBlocker trait, which combines two complex phoma resistance mechanisms, according to DSV’s Sarah Hawthorne.
Growers and agronomists report positive benefits of drilling primed Tennyson
15th May 2023
Despite 37 years industry experience, Agrii agronomist David Vine readily admits that growing oilseed rape successfully year-in, year-out can still be a huge gamble for many growers. Farmers are frequently faced with significant challenges posed by slugs, pigeons, cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) and, given this year’s weather, the often-difficult task of finding adequate soil moisture.
Clarifications issued for farm saved seed declarations
4th May 2023
With 2023 spring declarations underway, the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has published payment rates for farmed saved seed and the latest list of eligible varieties, including advice on blends, cover crops and what farmers should do in the event of a failed crop.