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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.


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.


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.


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.


After the cold and wet winter and spring, searing summer temperatures have made for a challenging oilseed rape harvest for many in the region.


With another difficult few weeks of challenging conditions for UK arable growers, the need for more robust and resilient oilseed rape varieties has once again been brought under the spotlight, says DSV’s Sarah Hawthorne.


DSV will be previewing its new ‘triple-layered’ high performance oilseed rape with sowing to harvest disease protection and yield protection alongside its growing portfolio of Clearfield varieties and TerraLife crops at Cereals 2018.

The Generation of 2050: Where will farming be at?

Last Saturday we invited a small group of farmers to join us at our GEN2050 conference in Leicester to discuss the developments of technology and resources by 2050.

LAMMA 2018

Expanding forages, oilseed rape and maize on DSV's LAMMA 2018 stand

The Joys of Christmas - The Recommended List

Winter is upon us with biting cold days and long nights - but Christmas nearly here! The season starts with a treat from the AHDB, in the form of the recommended list with its 20 new varieties of all types (nearly one for every day up until Christmas!).

Turnip yellow virus resistance a key feature for future DSV varieties

* Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) a growing threat to UK producers

* Potential yield losses of up to 30% feared

* Temptation is DSV's first variety in UK to carry genuine genetic TuYV resistance

Latest harvest trials confirm strenght of DSV pest resistance genetics

* Simulated cabbage stem flea beetle attack reduces yields by just 1%

* Even massive early spring crop damage produces crop yields at 85% of control

* Results support previous findings

New national trials highlight key requirements for modern oilseed rape production

* 0.8t/ha yield advantage over treated plots average for Incentive 45 and Dariot


* Advantage rises to over 1.0t/ha in untreated plots

To drill into late September or not?

Later drilling is often a difficult concept for growers to embrace fully. Memories of sluggishly developing crops and cold, wet autumns still sit firm in the minds of many growers. But it’s a very scenario now with significant breeding work gone in to the best varieties to ensure they can establish quickly in a range of growing scenarios including the freezing conditions of Eastern Europe.


45 Day Vigour - Sparrow45 and Incentive 45

Research has show that over 70% of the total root mass of oilseed rape is developed in the first 45 days weeks after sowing – hence Incentive 45’s name.


Having experienced issues with pollen beetle affecting conventional OSR varieties the previous season, Wiltshire farmer Julian Cooke switched entirely to two DSV hybrids for the 2017 harvest.


Northamptonshire farmer David Hutchinson has just finished harvesting 120ha of oilseed rape at Manor Farm, Strixton near Wellingborough, with DSV varieties Sparrow and Incentive 45 averaging just over 4.5t/ha.

DSV invest in France

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG - DSV invests in France Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has invested 5.2 million euros in the construction of a new French seed breeding station in Terminiers.  DSV breeds and tests wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage and turf grasses for the French market at various locations in France.



As oilseed rape crops race towards harvest, lodging has once again reared its head this year with potential problems for some growers looming, says DSV’s Sarah Hawthorne.


Farmers Guide has been tracking the progress of a crop of the Group 4 winter wheat DSV Marston being grown by Tim Lamyman at Worlaby Farms on the Lincolnshire Wolds as part of his attempt to regain the world wheat yield record.

Clearfield - a bright future with DSV

“Clearfield oilseed rape - the future’s bright,” according to Michael Farr, Southern and Western Sales and Marketing Manager for the international plant breeder, DSV.


A new ‘layered’ disease resistance approach is the latest development in DSV’s PNN initiative to develop a new generation of hybrid oilseed rape varieties delivering high performance without Neonicotinoid seed treatment.


Arable growers learning to get the most out of maize should start by following some basic rules regarding varietal selection and early establishment.


Oilseed rape will always have a place in the rotation at Green Drove Farm, near Pewsey in Wiltshire, believes farm manager Nick Downs.


New forage options, an addition to the TerraLife cover crop range and DSV’s first UK maize varieties will join the company’s established portfolio of oilseed rape and wheat varieties on their stand at LAMMA 2017.

Looking for a low risk winter wheat variety?

The AHDB Recommended Lists can sometimes get overwhelming - with 55 winter wheat varieties, either recommended or a candidate. Selecting the right variety for your farming situation from such a long list can be daunting!


DSV is now taking its PNN (Post Neonicotinoid) initiative further forward with a range of new trials and initiatives designed to improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of oilseed rape production, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.

Forage Watch 2016

Over 90 years ago, DSV started breeding grass and forage species, with the aim of improving the performance of animals.



Trials being carried out in the UK and Germany are showing how new hybrid genetics can help oilseed rape crops bounce back after severe pest attack early in the growth cycle, says DSV UK’s Michael Farr.

Verticillium wilt has been the focus of much breeding development in Germany in recent times

Verticillium wilt has been the focus of much breeding development in Germany in recent times following a steady rise in the disease’s incidence over the last 20 years, says Dr. Alex Doering of seed breeders DSV.

OSR Watch 2015

Although not a disease criteria identified on current HGCA Recommended Lists, choosing oilseed rape varieties with proven tolerance to verticillium wilt could be a good idea for UK growers if the recent experience in mainland Europe is anything to go by, says Dr. Alex Doering of seed breeders DSV.

New trials show importance of matching drilling date to variety choice

It’s not just a question of choosing a ‘high vigour’ variety to help protect against potential losses from pests and diseases without neonicotinoids, says Mike Mann of DSV UK.

Root structure hold key to future oilseed rape varieties

New trials focusing on how oilseed rape roots develop is giving seed breeders DSV fresh insight into how stronger and more tolerant varieties can be developed in the future.

UK Verticillium Wilt Trials

Trials by Suffolk-based agricultural consultancy group Agrivice Ltd have focused on verticillium wilt tolerance in close rotations and confirm the need for strong early growth and primary root development.

Drilling Date and Variety Choice

Choosing the right variety to match individual conditions and drilling dates can have a major impact on the subsequent management of oilseed rape crops and the gross margins achieved.

Simple Management and Great Results from TerraLife

The carefully selected variety of plant species in DSV’s TerraLife range of cover crop mixes is an essential part of their function but adds no additional complexity of management over single variety cover crops, says the company’s Emma Bedford.

TerraLife Grower: Perdiswell Farm

If you’re thinking about growing cover crops you need to focus on what you expect to achieve and invest in the crop sufficiently to deliver it, believes one Oxfordshire arable grower.

Early growth habit gives high yields later

With oilseed rape now starting to grow away you can learn a lot about it’s harvest potential by considering what your crop has looked like in recent weeks, says Sarah Hawthorne of DSV.

Cereals 2015 - DSV's new range of varieties, growing concepts and cropping techniques

New techniques to boost the profitability of oilseed rape, growing mixed forages for cover cropping and energy production plus a range of new seed varieties will be the main features on the DSV stand at Cereals 2015.

Tap Root Challenge Competition

Time is running out for oilseed rape growers to win a flying drone and camera system in DSV and United Oilseeds Marketing’s Incentive 45’s Taproot Challenge competition.

TerraLife Grower: Holkham Estate

Strategic use of cover crops to arrest declining crop yields and create more sustainable production in the future is an essential element of a rotational shake-up introduced at Holkham Estate near Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.

TerraLife Grower: South Pickenham

Minimising crop damage and improving soil organic matter in intensively-farmed beet and vegetable rotations are the main reasons behind a new approach to cover cropping at South Pickenham Estates near Swaffham in Norfolk.

Grower Spotlight: Ali Drummond – Eye – Suffolk

With all his oilseed rape down to the new DSV variety Incentive this year, Suffolk grower Ali Drummond says the variety’s early vigour is a key element of his strategy for life with neonicotinoids.

“I don’t want to compromise on yield and oil content but the more agronomic properties a variety has built in the more relevant I think it will be in type of farming we will be doing in the future.

Grower Spotlight: Robert Cross – Warrington – Cheshire

With DSV variety Compass always doing well on his heavy land and the need for a rapidly establishing variety to counter potential early disease and pest threats, Incentive was the by far the best choice says Cheshire grower Robert Cross.

Grower spotlight: Stephen Cowper – St. Avon – Warwicks

Warwickshire grower Stephen Cowper’s Incentive oilseed rape not only ‘shot out of the ground’ after drilling its rapid subsequent growth has helped it shrug off all pest and disease attack.

Although concerned about managing the early weeks of growth following the loss of neonicotinoids, the variety’s early establishment has created the perfect crop going into winter, he says.

Grower Spotlight : Nick Abraham – Dereham - Norfolk

Incentive’s noticeably quicker establishment than other oilseed rape varieties has helped it growth through all early pest attacks at Nick Abraham’s High House Farm, near Dereham in Norfolk.

“We drilled another well known hybrid variety 10 days earlier that our Incentive and it had overtaken it within 3 weeks,” Nick explains.

Stop the clock for oilseed rape drilling

Oilseed rape growers should  avoid drilling early this year to avoid serious pest and disease problems, warns ADAS plant specialist Pete Berry. Whilst the early harvest and loss of neonicotinoids is tempting many producers to start drilling in the next few days, record numbers of flea beetles, perfect conditions for virus transmission and the prospect of unmanageable canopies late could make this a disaster.

Clear signals emerge for best future oilseed rape varieties

With a harvest of mixed fortunes behind them, East Anglian oilseed rape growers face 2015 with some important lessons learned, believes Sarah Lockhart of Downham Market-based DSV UK Ltd.

Dont rely on Verticillium Wilt Resistance Claims

Although only confirmed in the UK in 2007, this year has seen verticillium wilt spread rapidly across the country from its South East origins. Varietal choice plays a large part in limiting the effects of the disease, but some claims of resistance are misleading, says DSV’s Sarah Lockhart.

Strong early growth protects against Verticillium Wilt yield loss


Strong early establishment and root development is one of the main reasons some oilseed rape varieties tolerate verticillium wilt attack better than others, says Sarah Lockhart of DSV UK.

Spring cropping and cover crops battle blackgrass

Spring cropping and alternative cover crops are proving vital to one grower in Worcestershire, helping tackle blackgrass and improve the soil structure on his farm. Farmers Weekly reports.

Farmers fall for Incentive

One experienced East Midlands seed specialist is so confident in the performance of the new double RL leader Incentive 45, he put his reputation on the line by getting some of his most valued customers to drill substantial areas of the variety ahead of it even being recommended.

TerraLife in the field

With many growers revisiting Spring cropping and taking on the challenge of greater diversity, seed specialists from DSV are starting to build a new production philosophy around using specially formulated crop mixes to restore soil structure and organic content.

DSV showing the relationship root mass, leaf area and yield

New work from DSV is highlighting the relationship between root mass, leaf area and yield and showing a future without Neonicotinoids is possible.

New varieties and cropping concepts at Cereal 2014

The importance of root structures with regard to oilseed rape plant health and yield, new hybrid varieties plus TerraLife seed mixes for soil conditioning and the launch of Energy So(i)lutions energy crops, will be key features of the DSV stand at Cereals 2014.

Launch of new Energy Crops at Cereals

DSV UK Ltd will be launching a new approach to growing crops for biogas plants at Cereals this year which is being held near Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Beckii Gibbs, Seeds Manager at United Oilseeds speaks out about Incentive

Incentive is the most exciting new hybrid variety to top both the North Region and East and West Region HGCA recommended lists in a very a very long time. It offers growers enormous potential with strong hybrid traits.

Lincolnshire Grower Switches 50% of OSR acerage to Incentive

Nearly half of Lincolnshire producer Andrew Pearce’s oilseed rape acreage is the new DSV variety Incentive this year following two difficult seasons struggling with various establishment and lodging issues with other varieties.

David Waite, Seed Manager at Frontier Agriculture speaks out about Incentive

“The fact that Incentive has topped both the East/West and Northern regions of the HGCA Recommended Lists proves what a great combination of high performance and versatility the variety has. "

Simon Kightley, Oilseeds and Pulses Manager from NIAB TAG

Incentive is a significant step forward in terms of performance and versatility over the main oilseed rape varieties that have been at the top of the HGCA lists for the last few years.

DSV variety Incentive tops HGCA Recommended Lists

With the highest gross output on the 2014/15 HGCA Recommended List, Incentive 45 is not only a true all-round performer.

Success for Norfolk plant breeder with new variety

Incentive 45, named for its very early and vigorous growth in the first six weeks, was best in the East/West and Northern region of the Home-Grown Cereal Authority’s Recommended List.

Incentive tops both East and West and North Region HGCA lists
New HGCA Recommended list top performer focuses on first 45 days of growth

With the highest gross output on the 2014/15 HGCA Recommended List, Incentive 45 is not only a true all-round performer, its rapid early establishment also gives it several agronomic advantages, says DSV UK Managing Director Mike Mann.

Vigour Mapping - DSV's new concept

Plant vigour is key to correct oilseed rape establishment and growth but new work being carried out by DSV suggests not only is it a bit of a misused term, its implication to agronomy management could be even more important in the years ahead.

Three New Varieties Follow DSV Trio of First

Two new Oilseed Rape varieties and a new Winter Wheat will be previewed by DSV UK at Cereals 2013 hot on the heels of the company’s trio of firsts in 2013/14’s HGCA Recommended Lists.

Excellent write up in the Farmers Weekly for Troy

As the first semi-dwarf oilseed rape variety to match the performance of its taller cousins, Troy could offer growers both management and harvesting benefits.

Will the latest hybrid semi-dwarf oilseed rape variety help growers overcome some of their agronomic challenges?

Described as a breakthrough by industry commentators, Troy is one of six new varieties to join the 2013/14 HGCA Recommended List for the East/West region and one of nine added to the North region.

DSV launch TerraLife mixture at Cereals 2013

A new approach to soil improvement using specific seed mixes to address individual agronomic and production issues in intensive rotations, will be launched at Cereals 2013 by DSV UK Ltd.

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