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MY PLACEMENT YEAR AT DSV

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.

RISING ENERGY YIELDS TAKE MAIZE INTO A NEW ERA

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.

THEODORE WINTER WHEAT RETAINS IT CROWN FOR OUTRIGHT DISEASE RESISTANCE

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.

WE ALL LOVE OUR LAWN - GRASS UPDATE

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 DEVELOPMENT CREATING NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

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

THERE’S MORE TO TUYV RESISTANCE THAN YOU MAY THINK

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.

DSV INTRODUCES TOP YIEDING SIX ROW WINTER BARLEY WITH HIGH LEVELS OF BYDV TOLERANCE AND BYMV

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.

THREE WAYS IN WHICH COMPANION CROPS COULD BENEFIT YOUR OILSEED RAPE IN 2020

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.

GRASS BREEDING UPDATE - JAMIE COTTON

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.

KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR GRASS THIS AUTUMN

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.

AD4PT BRINGS TECHNOLOGY ALLIES TOGETHER TO DELIVER NEW CROP PRODUCTION THINKING FOR GROWERS

 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 LAUNCH NEW VIRTUAL PLOT TOURS

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.

CLEARFIELD OILSEED RAPE HAS A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN FUTURE OILSEED RAPE ESTABLISHMENT

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.

OSR NITROGEN USE EFFICIENCY RISES BY NEARLY 30%

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.

HIGH PERFORMANCE VOLTAGE TUYV RESISTANT OILSEED RAPE TAKES UK CANDIDATES TOP SPOT

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.

SUCCESS FOR DSV ON THE NEW GRASS RECOMMENDED LIST

 

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.

YELLOW SHOES AND BREEDING WINTER WHEAT

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.

 

WHAT IS NEW IN GRASS BREEDING ?

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.

SLURRY, DIGESTATE AND GOOD OLD DUNG

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)!

NEW THEODORE WINTER WHEAT SCORES HIGHEST SEPTORIA TRITICI RESISTANCE SCORE ON RL

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 DEVELOPMENT CREATING NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

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.

DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GET OILSEED RAPE GROWING QUICKLY IN AUTUMN

“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.”

 

HOW TO MAXIMISE VALUE FROM SPRING SOWN OILSEED RAPE

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?

2020 GRASS SEED PRODUCTION

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.

MAIZE IN A WET AUTUMN

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.

HYBRID SPRING OILSEED RAPE OFFERS REAL OPPORTUNITY

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.

FIRST DSV TRIPLE LAYER ‘LOW INPUT’ OILSEED RAPE VARIETIES JOIN 2020/21 RL

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.

NEW STANDARD IN YIELD FOR CLUBROOT RESISTANT OSR JOINS 2020/21 RL

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 HIGH VIGOUR TUYV RESISTANT OILSEED RAPE IF DRILLING INTO SEPTEMBER

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

WHY ARE TUYV RESISTANT OILSEED RAPE VARIETIES DOING SO WELL IN 2019?

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.

DSV DARLING DELIVERS HIGH YIELDS AND DISEASE PROTECTED PERFORMANCE

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.

HOW TO MINIMISE FLEA BEETLE THREAT THROUGH VARIETAL CHOICE THIS AUTUMN

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.

TEMPTATION DELIVERS CONSISTENTLY HIGH PERFORMANCE ON SUFFOLK ARABLE UNIT

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.

NEW THINKING COULD MAKE BENEFITS OF COMPANION CROPS IN OILSEED RAPE A REALITY

Drilling a companion crop or seed mixture alongside oilseed rape could help control pests and add valuable nutrition to soils, new thinking is suggesting.

DON’T BE COMPLACENT ABOUT CLUBROOT

Long established as a problem North of the border, Clubroot could be becoming more of an issue for oilseed rape growers further South.

DSV HIGHLIGHTS HIGH YIELDING OILSEED RAPE VARIETIES WITH ADDED AGRONOMIC TRAITS AT CEREALS

A range of high yielding oilseed rapes with added agronomic functionality will be showcased by seed breeders DSV UK at Cereals 2019.

 

WHY HYBRIDS ARE KEY TO FUTURE UK OILSEED RAPE SUCCESS

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.

Spring Oilseed Rape 2019

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.

Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) resistant varieties offering increasing hope for UK oilseed rape growers

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.

TRIPLE WINS FOR DSV VARIETIES IN 2018 ADAS YIELD ENHANCEMENT NETWORK (YEN)

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.

EXPANDING WHEAT, OILSEED RAPE AND MAIZE RANGES ON DSV’S CROPTEC 2018 STAND

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.

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.

CHALLENGING HARVEST FOR EAST ANGLIA OILSEED RAPE GROWERS

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

OILSEED RAPE SUPER CROPS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER

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.

NEW ‘TRIPLE-LAYERED’ OILSEED RAPE OPTIONS LAUNCHED AT CEREALS 2018

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.

INCENTIVE AND DARIOT DELIVER 4.4T/HA OILSEED RAPE YIELDS ACROSS 120HA

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.

NEW-GENERATION HYBRID OSR VARIETIES PROVIDE REAL BENEFITS

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.

 

GROWERS MUST STILL FACTOR IN LODGING RISK IN OSR CHOICES

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.

WILL THE DRY EARLY SPRING IMPACT ON WORLD WHEAT RECORD ATTEMPT?

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.

NEW DISEASE RESISTANCE ‘LAYERING’ ADDS TO DSV PNN INITIATIVE

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.

OPTIMISING MAIZE YIELDS AND QUALITY

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

CHOOSE VARIETIES CAREFULLY TO MANTAIN OILSEED RAPE MARGINS

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

NEW FORAGES, COVER CROPS, MAIZE AND MORE ON DSV LAMMA 2017 STAND

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!

POST NEONICOTINOID THINKING MOVES ON TO NEXT STAGE

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.

 

PEST TOLERANCE TRIALS SHOW VARIETAL RESILIENCE

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.

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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