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COMPANION CROPS IN OILSEED RAPE

What are the benefits of this new approach?

Drilling a companion crop or seed mixture alongside arable crops is nothing new. As yet however, this approach has not been widely used in traditional cropping and especially not in oilseed rape. Companion planting in OSR has two main objectives. The primary objective is to reduce nitrogen fertiliser inputs by using legumes to fix atmospheric nitrogen. The secondary objective focuses on repelling or distracting insect OSR pests.

CHOOSING OPTIMUM VARIETIES FOR SEPTEMBER DRILLING

With recent rain loosening soil and providing much needed moisture for parched ground, growers that have held back on drilling oilseed rape now have near perfect conditions for establishment, says Sarah Hawthorne of DSV.

HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH SEPTEMBER-DRILLED OILSEED RAPE

Choose a variety with the right level of vigour, get your seedbed preparation right and pay attention to achieving the right plant population if you’re drilling into September, says Mike Mann of DSV UK Ltd.

MIXED FARMING OPERATION UPS COVER CROPS TO 200HA

Cover crops will play an increasingly important role in improving soil composition and fertility at the 3000ha South Pickenham Estate, near Swaffham, in Norfolk says estate farm manager Richard Cobbald.

High Yielding TuYV resistant oilseed rape topping 2018 AHDB trial results

DSV’s Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) resistant oilseed rape variety Temptation is currently in joint top position in the latest AHDB variety trials based on 2018 data.

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