OSR re-invigorated within the rotation
With grain prices 23% (£58/t) higher than this time last year, the value of OSR within the rotation is being re-invigorated. But careful consideration beyond just gross output should be assessed when selecting varieties. For example, it is important to consider the impact a variety with inherently high oil content can have on your oil bonus, and ultimately the profitability of your OSR crop.
The impact of the increase in grain price, combined with selecting a variety with high oil content, is clear when examining income per hectare. InVigor 1030 (InV1030) has the highest in class oil content (47.1%), which combined with its high seed yield, means you can achieve an additional £526/ha, when comparing June 2017 with June 2016, an increase in income of 36%.
With that type of potential increase on offer, oilseed rape remains the most profitable entry for first wheat. But with the same pest and disease pressures as those that struck in 2016, variety decision making is more important than ever.
Growing OSR presents growers with numerous elements out of their control, and so it is important to focus on those elements that can be controlled. This means taking a more holistic view of variety decision-making, considering all agronomic characteristics of a variety, including autumn and spring vigour, as well as the variety’s seed yield and oil content, and how these will ultimately impact on oil bonus and overall income.