It couldn’t have started at a better time. With the challenges of Covid – 19 the ability to start my placement provided by DSV allowed me an opportunity in the new ‘normal’ we find ourselves in. I was enthusiastically looking forward to moving down to start my new role. My background is a family beef & sheep farm. So I was excited to throw myself into the new world of ‘crops’. In the short time I have been at DSV I have already experienced a multitude of skills and areas within the business.
The latest maize varieties are pushing energy yields to levels not seen in the UK before with, says DSV’s Michael Farr.
The company’s new flint/dent variety Petroschka, for example, can achieve 235,000 MJ/ha with simple management making it one of the most reliable and productive options for AD plants, he points out.
DSV’s new group 4 hard wheat variety Theodore, which was added to the AHDB Recommended List for the first time last year, has again underlined its class-leading disease resistance in 2020 harvest results, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.
The current pandemic has proven “man” like his lawn.
As the world shut down at various times this year and we were all asked/forced to stay at home, it seems that many of us looked and went out the back (or front) and rediscovered our gardens. We discovered that perhaps, with a small investment we could improve the look of things.
Clearfield oilseed rape continues to reach new heights with the latest varieties pushing yields, gross outputs and agronomic performance to new levels, says DSV’s Sarah Hawthorne.
Many UK growers are starting to see that Clearfield technology adds significant benefits to oilseed rape production over the expected better control of pernicious brassica weeds, she explains
The increased performance of TuYV resistant varieties seen in harvest trials and across UK farms recently might not just be down to their ability to withstand increased viral attack, some OSR specialists now believe.
A new top yielding and early maturing winter barley variety with high levels of tolerance to Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and resistance to mosaic viruses (BYMV1 + 2) is being launched by seed breeders DSV in the UK this summer.
New DSV trials are highlighting how companion cropping could develop to provide greater pest protection for oilseed rape crops in the future, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.
July is over and so is the fifth month of grass harvesting, so only another three and a bit months left to go! This year we have welcomed a new addition to the grass breeding team to assist with those harvests, a new Haldrup F-55 forage plot harvester. This machine has been designed to provide highly accurate results from testing so that growers can have confidence that varietal performance on trial plots will be repeated on farm. DSV runs multiple co-operative projects with manufacturers and researchers into the development of these machines and other new technologies to improve our breeding.
Whilst most grass fields will have produced 70-80% of their out-put for the year, please don’t stop looking after them now. You would not dream of neglecting a cow if she was “drying off” or a ewe if you had just weaned her lambs, you would start laying the foundations for the next productive season. Think of your pasture in the same way.
A new strategic alliance of industry innovators has been formed to accelerate the identification and development of new technologies to help growers adapt to the challenges of crop production in the future.
AD4PT brings together machinery specialist Horsch, crop protection organisation ADAMA, plant breeder DSV and adjuvant and biostimulant experts Interagro, with the vision of challenging conventional thinking and testing new approaches.
DSV’s new virtual trial plot tour is designed to give visitors all the latest information on the company’s varieties across all crop types and go some way to replacing the experience they would have had at this year’s technical events, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.
Accessible by computer, tablet or phone, the interactive site features videos, pop-ups and links to DSV’s main website with information on wheat, barley, oilseed rape, forages and maize varieties as well as featuring a section on Turnip Yellow Virus, she explains.
Growing oilseed rape only on ground that will give it the best chance to thrive, optimising nutrition and managing drilling dates carefully, is critical to establishing the crop successfully, says Sentry Ltd’s business director John Barrett. Responsible for farms throughout East Anglia and the South East, he believes Clearfield technology can also help significantly in terms of the crop’s early management.
Modern oilseed rape varieties are nearly 30% more Nitrogen efficient than the highest yielders from just a few years ago, a series of trials in Germany has shown. With Nitrogen utilisation increasingly in the spotlight, the trials highlight a number of factors contribute to a plant’s ability to make better use of nutrients and cannot be tied to a specific gene.
New DSV Voltage’s top gross margin in both UK and East & West HGCA 20/21 candidate lists combined with agronomic features optimised for modern low-input production could make it a future game-changer, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.
A gross margin of 108.1 % of control in the key East and West region, oil content of 45.5%, TuYV resistance plus the highest light leaf spot score of all new candidates, makes it a near perfect option for growers, she believes.
Seed breeders DSV have three new high performance grasses on the new 2020/21 RL including the highest yielding variety on the list capable of producing 35t/ha DM over its two-year recommended rotation.
June is an exciting time for a wheat breeder as diseases spread across the breeding nursery and plants reach their full height. I usually spend most of June on the road, taking notes on the appearance of each breeding line at various sites around the UK. I also have material growing at a few sites in France and at our breeding station in Germany but I shall have to give those a miss this year due to the travel restrictions in place.
It is officially the sunniest and driest May on record at our forage breeding and testing station in North Oxfordshire, and for most that is welcome news, but for those looking to grow grass it is a significant concern. Our site long-term averages 6.5 tonnes per hectare of grass at the first cut on measured trial plots but this year it is just over 5 tonnes. In trials designed to simulate yields from grazing animals after an initial bumper harvest following the wet start to the year growth as all but halted after two cuttings.
Despite the challenges of growing oilseed rape the crop remains a staple for N.E. Salmon Ltd at Hyde Hall, Great Fransham in Norfolk.
Self-isolation has meant working at home for all of us at DSV. My house is just around the corner from the local dairy which has been moving slurry like it is going out of fashion (as I understand 150 loads to be done)!
With the top Septoria resistance score and the highest scoring overall combination of disease resistance features on the AHDB 2020/21 RL, DSV’s new group 4 winter wheat Theodore is the cleanest wheat on the market, says the company’s Mike Mann.
Clearfield oilseed rape continues to reach new heights with the latest varieties pushing yields, gross outputs and agronomic performance to new levels, says DSV’s Sarah Hawthorne.
“Our rolling target yield from oilseed rape is 4t/ha and last year we averaged 4.2t/ha, the year before that 3.9t/ha, so we have remained on trend despite the challenges.”
With the area of UK-grown spring oilseed rape potentially as high as 60,000ha this year compared to around 10,000ha in most years, what key management areas should new growers focus on?
As this new decade begins and we keep breaking records for rainfall and temperature extremes, this is a short overview on how recent climatic factors are effecting the Local, European and Global production of grass seed.
Yes, the UK has had a lot of rain and yes, it has caused farming problems. As an industry, we will inevitably consider what has gone on. Yet, will we think about what we have learnt and what we can do better, or will we simply put it down as a year to forget about and just carry on the same way.
With autumn 2019’s challenging conditions forcing many arable growers to now consider drilling options for next year, the latest varieties of spring oilseed rape could provide a real opportunity, says Mike Farr of DSV.
With a focus on agronomic functionality and low-input production, Darling and Dazzler are DSV’s first ever ‘triple-layered’ oilseed rape varieties to join the RL, says the company’s Sarah Hawthorne.
DSV’s new Crocodile CR is the is the highest yielding clubroot resistant oilseed rape to join the AHDB Recommended List by a significant margin, says the company’s Mike Farr.
Choose a variety with the right vigour profile, get your seedbed preparation right and be mindful of the growing threat of Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) if you’re drilling oilseed rape into September, says Mike Farr of DSV UK Ltd
The increased performance of TuYV resistant varieties seen in harvest trials and across UK farms in 2019 might not just be down to their ability to withstand increased viral attack, some OSR specialists now believe.
The oilseed rape variety Darling is one of DSV’s new flagship triple-layer varieties offering growers yield protected ‘low input: high output’ performance in a variety of growing conditions with a minimum of agronomic interventions.
Matching oilseed rape variety type to drilling date can have a significant effect on whether growers triumph over flea beetle and create the foundation for a strong healthy crop the following spring, says Sarah Hawthorne do DSV UK.
DSVs new TuYV resistant variety Temptation is the highest yielding oilseed rape crop at Robert Wright’s White House Farm, at Barnby, Suffolk, this year.
Drilling a companion crop or seed mixture alongside oilseed rape could help control pests and add valuable nutrition to soils, new thinking is suggesting.
Long established as a problem North of the border, Clubroot could be becoming more of an issue for oilseed rape growers further South.
A range of high yielding oilseed rapes with added agronomic functionality will be showcased by seed breeders DSV UK at Cereals 2019.
Hybrids dominate oilseed rapeseed production throughout mainland Europe and there’s a very strong case for this now being repeated in the UK, says DSV’s Mike Mann.
A rise in spring drilling is expected in 2019 as a direct result of the winter oilseed rape area dropping to around 580,000 ha.
Two of the new oilseed rape varieties added to the 2019/20 AHDB Recommended List feature Turnip Yellow (TuYV) resistance so just how important is the threat posed by the aphid-borne virus to UK producers. John Swire investigates.
DSV varieties have come top in the overall wheat and oilseed rape production categories in the 2018 ADAS Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) initiative with a win for the highest yield in the oilseed rape trials section too.
New varieties of wheat, oilseed rape and forage joined DSV’s established portfolio of wheat, OSR and cover crops on their stand at CropTec 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding forages, oilseed rape and maize on DSV's LAMMA 2018 stand
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 (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
* 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
* 0.8t/ha yield advantage over treated plots average for Incentive 45 and Dariot
* Advantage rises to over 1.0t/ha in untreated plots
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 following a steady rise in the disease’s incidence over the last 20 years, says Dr. Alex Doering of seed breeders DSV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
New work from DSV is highlighting the relationship between root mass, leaf area and yield and showing a future without Neonicotinoids is possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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. "
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.
With the highest gross output on the 2014/15 HGCA Recommended List, Incentive 45 is not only a true all-round performer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.