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Photo update from our Bayer Field Days oilseed rape demonstration site at Hinton Waldrist, Oxford: 9th and 10th April 2015.  Register here to attend a Bayer Field Day.

What a difference a day makes – or rather the 16 of them that have passed since my last visit. The early spring dose of Nitrogen and Sulphur has clearly kicked in and the prostate purple plants from last time have been transformed.

1st Sowing Fencer Fencer: time of sowing 1 - last visit
TOS 1 - Fencer Fencer: time of sowing 1 - now
Harper Harper: time of sowing 1 - last visit
Harper image 2 Harper: time of sowing 1 - now

The time of sowing plots have moved on as well with the Bayer hybrids looking best of the bunch at the middle sowing date (15th September), none of the varieties look that inspiring when put in with the plot drill at the latest drilling timing (22nd September). However some commercial Fencer drilled as an experiment with the farm drill in early October after the Compass failed in that part of the field has come surprisingly well, showing just how vigorous that variety can be.

October drilled Fencer Fencer: drilled early October

 

Time of sowing plots below:

TOS 2 - harper Harper: time of sowing 2
TOS 3 - Harper Harper: time of sowing 3
TOS 2 - Fencer Fencer: time of sowing 2
TOS 3 Fencer Fencer: time of sowing 3
TOS 2 - PR46W21 OSR PR46W21: time of sowing 2
TOS 3 - PR46W21 PR46W21: time of sowing 3
TOS 2 - DK Cabernet DK Cabernet: time of sowing 2
TOS 3 - DK Cabernet DK Cabernet: time of sowing 3
TOS 2 - Rinker Rinker: time of sowing 2
TOS 3 - Rinker Rinker: time of sowing 3

The seed rate work is also showing good differences with the plants in the lower seed rates looking more robust than the 100 seeds/m2 where competition between the plants is clearly kicking in.

Harper 100 Harper: 100 seeds
Harper 50 Harper: 50 seeds
Harper 30 Harper: 30 seeds

 

Looks like there will be a fair few things to see at the field day. Come along and see us on either 9th or 10th April.  For more details and to register click here.