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DK Exsteel

The Recommended All-Rounder

DK Exsteel is DEKALB's latest EX variety with podshatter and double phoma resistance

Breeder's View

  • DEKALB,
    "DK Exsteel is a very high yielding new hybrid producing exceptionally high oil content from a very attractive agronomy package. Features include pod shatter resistance, ‘8’ ratings for lodging resistance and stem canker resistance and a ‘7’ rating for light leaf spot resistance. AHDB have selected this variety as an RL candidate for the whole of the UK, and its potential is demonstrated by its performance in the Northern region where it is the top yielding variety."

Key Traits

Double Phoma Resistance

Double Phoma Resistance
RLM7 supported by polygenic resistance for the most durable phoma/stem canker protection and greatest spraying economy and flexibility.

Pod Shatter Resistance

Pod Shatter Resistance
Pioneering genetic resistance to pod shattering for the least seed shedding up to and at harvest and the greatest flexibility in harvest timing.

Vigorous Establishment

Vigorous Establishment
Robust initial root and shoot growth for the most reliable and even establishment.

Vigorous Establishment

Rapid Autumn Development
Faster-than-average development for the most rapid growth away from flea beetles and other autumn challenges.

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Good Light Leaf Spot
High level polygenic resistance for the most reliable light leaf spot protection and greatest spraying economy and flexibility.

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High Oil
Higher-than-average oil content to maximise gross output for added market returns.

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Product Characteristics

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Management Guide

  • Seed rate should target an even plant stand of 25-30 plants/m2 in spring.
  • The rapid autumn growth habit means a PGR may be appropriate in early/mid October on crops early sown or on fertile sites to reduce the risk of over development pre winter.
  • Ensure the Green Area Index is accurately determined at the start of spring growth to guide appropriate nitrogen rates for optimal canopy size. A PGR at early green bud may be appropriate to reduce crop height.
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