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Oilseed Rape

We know that growing oilseed rape can be challenging so we have gathered together everything you need to know about oilseed rape here. From establishment to harvest we can provide insight about crop management and protection to help maximise yields.

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What's happening in oilseed rape in April

Now that we have got through the worst of the cold weather we can see that the stage the crop is at varies dramatically across the country depending on the severity of the weather it experienced. Across the board crops are looking significantly knocked back compared to where they were at this time last year. Individual farms should however have a clear picture by now of whether the crop has established.

Priorities this month (location dependent):

Nitrogen applications

Assessing disease levels in the crop

Reviewing extent of pigeon damage


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What’s happening in oilseed rape in May

The long awaited warm weather in mid/late April caused an intensive period of growth in oilseed rape across the country. Most crops were one step ahead of the pollen beetle migration, although some fields badly affected by pigeon damage and the Beast from the East may not have been so lucky.

Now attention turns to protecting and enhancing the potential held within the crop for an effective return.

Priorities this month (location dependent):

  • Flowering sprays for Sclerotinia control
  • Monitoring seed weevils
  • Management of light leaf spot


What’s happening in oilseed rape in June

The flowering period for most oilseed rape crops has passed, with crops now moving on to pod development. As June traditionally tends to be a quieter month for oilseed rape, now is a good time to start thinking about variety selection for the 2018/19 cropping season.

Remember that while establishment conditions were kind this season, conditions in the 2016/17 season were much more challenging. To overcome these challenging conditions it is worth considering a resilient, highly vigorous variety.

Priorities this month (location dependent):

  • Monitor crop development
  • Plan pod sticker and desiccation approaches
  • Consider variety choices for 2018/19 season 

The Big Picture Oilseed Rape

Through extensive analysis of national independent data from the past five seasons, this report shows the impact of the challenges faced when growing oilseed rape, and how you have responded.

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Identification and Management of OSR diseases

Find out more information on the key disease threats to your oilseed rape crop. For each disease you will find out the importance of the disease in terms of potential yield penalty, how to identify the disease in its early stages and our advice on the best control strategies.

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