Soil Management - Volunteer Oilseed Rape
Our expert on weed control through soil management is Neil Fuller. Soils health is the capacity of soil to function as a living system. Healthy soils maintain a diverse community of soil organisms that help to control plant disease, insect and weed species. Soil health is influenced by the dynamic interactions that occur between the physical, chemical and biological components of the soil. Measuring soil health is therefore crucial in order to keep these interactions in balance.
Control of Volunteer Oilseed Rape
Fresh rape seeds have little or no primary dormancy and can develop secondary dormancy if exposed to darkness and/or dry conditions, low temperatures, oxygen stress. The level of dormancy can vary between varieties.
The seeds are very attractive to predators such as birds and ground beetles as they contain a high level of fat and protein.