OSR in-season monitoring – Year 3
30 Aug 2018
Despite its challenges, oilseed rape remains a popular choice for many, with 68% of growers in our State of the Nation survey, stating that it is their most profitable break crop. However, when it comes to industry understanding of maximising OSR yields, our survey respondents considered it behind that of winter wheat, scoring industry understanding as 3.1 out of 5, compared to 3.9 out of 5 for winter wheat. To help improve understanding, experts at ADAS and BASF will continue to share their expertise and recommendations with the Real Results Circle as part of the third year of our OSR monitoring project.
The Real Results Circle
As Jane Kitchen, BASF Marketing Campaign Manager, Oilseeds points out: “We know that growing oilseed rape can be stressful and most growers, understandably, don’t have the time to sift through the masses of research and insight out there. We want to help try and take away some of the stress by providing timely, straightforward advice and tips throughout the season, to help growers get the most out of their crop.
“Now moving in to its third year, we have been working with growers, ADAS and other industry experts to provide in-season, clear-cut, technical advice to help grow this crop profitably. Findings from our three monitoring sites, plus demonstration trials, will be combined with expert recommendations and delivered straight to the inbox of those signed up the Real Results Circle for OSR.
“In addition, our OSR resource centre will be updated throughout the season with timely blog posts from our experts, covering a wide range of topics from establishment through to harvest. The State of the Nation survey, results page looks at the latest attitudes and trends of 300 growers when it comes to growing oilseed rape. Whilst our homepage hosts a succinct OSR calendar, written by ADAS experts, condensing the facts and actions required in-season, as well as some additional, useful tools and further information on our monitoring sites.”
ADAS will be carrying out comprehensive physiology, pest and disease assessments at three sites – Rosemaund, Boxworth and High Mowthorpe. The results, along with their interpretation and required actions, will be sent by email on a regular basis to all those who sign up to the initiative. Those who sign up will also receive bulletins from our long-standing, sclerotinia monitoring project. The aim is to provide timely, in-season reminders of what to look out for and what action is needed to help get the most out of your crop.
Julie Smith, ADAS, Senior Research Scientist said, “We have drilled areas of oilseed rape with popular cultivars in the east, west and north of the country. These monitoring areas will receive commercial inputs and will be assessed fortnightly throughout the season, enabling us to provide live results to the community. In-season reporting will act as a benchmarking tool for crop development and will enable us to give growers an early warning with regards to pest and disease pressure.”
Ms Kitchen said: “With scientific support from ADAS we will be covering some of the core topics that we believe will make a significant difference to OSR yield and restore faith in this great crop.
“The key topics we are going to explore are: establishment, cabbage stem flea beetle, weed control, the risks of lodging, drought protection, phoma and light leaf spot control, sclerotinia, resistance management, canopy management and green leaf area duration.”