Getting the best out of Fencer

Fencer is a vigorous and high yielding hybrid which is THE variety of choice for flexibility of sowing date.

Fencer product overview

Yield components
Gross output 103% High
Seed yield 102% High
Oil % 46.2% Very high
Glucosinolate content 9.0μmol Very low
Regional suitability E&W
Soil types No differences known
Sowing date Early Aug - early Sept
Sowing method No differences known
Harvest method Dessication or swathing
Variety characteristics      
Autumn vigour low table 5 dots high
Winter hardiness
low table 4 dots high
Flowering late table 4 dots early
Maturity late table 3 dots early
Plant height
tall table 3 dots short
Lodging resistance  low table 5 dots high
Variety characteristics      
Phoma stem canker
low table 5 dots high
Light leaf spot
low table 3 dots high
Response to fungicides
low table 4 dots high

Data extracted from AHDB RL 2017/18 (E/W).


Hybrids are known to be valued for their autumn vigour but Fencer is especially vigorous in late drilling situations, and can be sown from mid-August to mid – late September.

This gives you flexibility to delay drilling if soil and/or weather conditions are not correct. Providing growing conditions are favourable and a suitable seed bed can be established, hybrid WOSR can still deliver a viable and profitable crop when drilled in September – if the right variety is chosen. Fencer drilled in mid-late September is likely to outperform varieties drilled in unfavourable conditions in August. However, if growers are considering late drilling WOSR it is vital to look beyond the RL data in decision-making. Because the AHDB drill all varieties for its field trials in mid – late August, the data does not always demonstrate the capability of late drilled specialists, which come into their own in these conditions.

Fencer establishment

Bayer small plot trial, Herefordshire comparing speed of establishment in plots of Fencer and Elgar sown on 5 September 2016.

Ease of management

Fencer is a vigorous hybrid, with excellent Phoma resistance, standing power and very high oil content.

Fencer's class-leading Phoma stem canker resistance is based on a combination of single and multi-gene resistance. Fungicide product choice, doses and timings should be targeted to control LLS and such treatments will act as a back up to Fencer's genetic resistance for Phoma control. Usually a single autumn application will suffice, provided the Phoma leaf spot level stays below threshold.

Fencer management

Higher scores reflect that the variety shows the characteristic to a higher degree. Data extracted from AHDB RL 2017/18 (E/W).

Where to buy our seed

Below you will find where Fencer is available to purchase