Spring oilseed rape (SOSR) was the most financially attractive of the spring crops in 2016 but with improved hybrid varieties offering significant advances in vigour, seed yield and oil over older varieties together with improved commodity prices, the crop deserves careful consideration this spring. It is an excellent entry for wheat, as it improves the soil structure and leaves behind residual nutrition. Pulses provide similar benefits, but are not enjoying as high a commodity price currently.
The key to the crop is successful establishment. With SOSR you need to have the confidence that you’ll be able to establish the crop well, so the key is to think about and confront the potential issues early, and make sure you employ the best possible approach when it comes to establishment.
Vigour plays a key role in ensuring the crop is competitive enough to cope with pest and weed pressures so selection of an InVigor hybrid variety which will get up and away quickly and provide a greater resilience to tough conditions later on is essential. Likewise, selecting a variety with high oil content will help growers maximise income from oil.