Oilseed Rape

WHY GROW WINTER OILSEED RAPE IN 2020? 

The most profitable and reliable crop rotation on Irish farms 2016-2018 (as analysed by Teagasc) is one that includes a proportion of winter cereals.  This is very valuable information for growers and their agronomists deciding what to drill in 2020/2021.  These profits are based on high winter cereal yields and you need a good reliable break crop to set up your farm to drill winter cereals at the best time and get the most from your investment.    
Winter oilseed rape is often not drilled as its margin looks low compared to a good wheat or barley crop.  On the face of it, this appears correct but how many 4.5 tonne/ac crops of wheat follow wheat or barley?  The true benefit of rape needs to be valued correctly and teased out as this table below attempts but we advise each grower to adjust for their own situation.

SEEDTECH WINTER OILSEED RAPE PORTFOLIO 2020

AQUILA and DARIOT are excellent and reliable varieties of winter oilseed rape for 2020 drilling.  These are fully recommended by the Irish Department of Agriculture trials and have performed very well on farm. 

A new technology that many winter cereal growers might be interested in is Clearfield oilseed rape.  These are varieties of oilseed rape that you can apply a special herbicide to called Cleranda.  This herbicide will control charlock, runch and volunteer rape from previous crops.  PLURAX CL and PHOENIX CL are Clearfield winter oilseed rape varieties that are very suited to growing in Ireland as they have excellent stem stiffness and harvest characteristics. 

 

Contact Nigel Whyte (086 0264220) for expert advice on variety and agronomy information.

BENEFITS OF CONVENTIONAL OILSEED RAPE: 

» Suitable for early sowing
» Variable seed rates can be used
» High yield potential
» Good early autumn vigour
» Lower seed costs
» Potential to match Hybrid yields

 

BENEFITS OF HYBRID OILSEED RAPE:

» High yielding advantage
» Excellent autumn vigour
» Reduced plant stress
» Reduced seeding rates
» Wider sowing window
» Superb stem characteristics

Available Oilseed Rape Varieties

  • Seedtech

    Aquila 
    HIGHEST YIELDING RAPE ON DAFM LIST 2020 

    • Wide drilling window up to mid-September in good conditions 
    • Rapid autumn growth and hybrid vigour 
    • Well proven in DAFM trials under Irish conditions
     

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  • Seedtech

    RAPID AUTUMN GROWTH WITH HYBRID VIGOR 
    • Wide drilling window up to mid-September in good conditions 
    • Rapid autumn growth and hybrid vigour 
    • Excellent stem stiffness and harvest security 
    • Well proven in DAFM trials under Irish conditions
     

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  • CONVENTIONAL


  • Seedtech

    HIGHEST YIELDING CONVENTIONAL VARIETY IN IRELAND 
    • Very suitable for early drilling 
    • Excellent disease resistance, especially Light Leaf Spot 
    • Excellent stem stiffness and harvest security

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  • Seedtech

    PLURAX CL A NOVEL WEED MANAGEMENT SOLUTION IN OILSEED RAPE CLEARFIELD
    • Specially bred Clearfield rape 
    • Wide drilling window up to early-September 
    • Rapid autumn growth and hybrid vigor 
    • Excellent stem stiffness and harvest security
     

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  • Seedtech

    Phoenix CL
    » Exceptional autumn vigour and good spring development; which suits most soil types
    » Offers added pod shatter protection, helping to maximise growers yields at harvest


  • SPRING OILSEED RAPE


  • Seedtech

    LUMEN

    A reliable spring rape that has performed really well on Irish farms

    » Very stiff straw and good pod shatter resistance so reliable in an Irish harvest
    » Has yielded over 3 t/ha under Irish conditions
    » Also a top variety in the UK from the No 1 SOSR breeder, DSV


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Dariot Winter Oilseed Rape Growth Check in Spring with Seedtech