01 July 2015 | Online since 2003

HGCA results highlight need for varietal consistency



31 August 2012 08:33:47|Arable,Cereal,Crops,News

HGCA results highlight need for varietal consistency


Oilseed rape growers should put as much priority on varietal stability and consistency as outright yield potential, suggests a 2012 harvest study published by the HGCA.

The results (which can be accessed here: http://www.farminguk.com/KnowledgeCentre/HGCA-2012-harvest-study-results_210.html) for over 30 varieties in HGCA’s East/West region show oilseed rape yields dropped by 0.7 tonne/ha in 2012 compared to the previous four years with widely differing varietal ability to withstand changeable growing conditions over the four years evident.

Highest yielding and most consistent performer over the period was the hybrid Marathon with an average 105% seed yield. It was also the highest performer in 2012 with 104% of the group’s average yield for the year.

All in all, the results show an average yield of 4.5 tonnes/ha for 2012 compared to an average 5.2 tonnes/ha for 2009 – 2012 in the region.

The study underpins the growing need for growers to focus on genetic stability and consistency of performance when making varietal decisions in the future, says Sarah Lockhart of OSR specialists DSV Ltd.

“With reports from the Environment Agency and others warning of increasingly variable growing seasons ahead, a variety’s track record of consistency and resilience is arguably more important than its outright yield potential. If you can combine both, then these are the varieties to choose.
“Some big hitters performed very poorly this year due to lodging, the effects of early flowering and the low levels of light experienced.

“The cold, wet conditions experienced in 2012 are precisely the types of conditions the scientists say we can expect more of in the years ahead. Growers, therefore, must factor an element of risk management in to their varietal selection strategy in the future.”

Simon Kightley of NIAB TAG, agrees many existing varieties and new recommendations on the HGCA East West list have failed to meet expectations this year.

“DK Expower has dropped right down due to lodging, but it may be that it had a particularly good season last year. DK Camelot and Thorin haven’t done anything special and are currently 7% or so behind Marathon.

“Marathon is has done very well overall and is currently equal top in the HGCA recommended list and the semi dwarf Troy is also sticking in there.”


Download




Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


Start Date: 17 June 2015
First class stockman / tractor driver required for a job near Tenby, Wales

Permanent position for a first class stockman to take responsibility for all dairy young stock rearing, feeding dairy he...


Start Date: 11 June 2015
Tractor driver / combine driver required to help out with all harvest / autumn work on a 1700 ac arable farm. 

Tractor driver required for primary and secondary cultivations on a 1700 ac arable farm. Also relief combining and grain cart...


Start Date: 17 June 2015
Job for Harvest Worker, Tractor Driver Primarily grain carting.Happy to work with dairy cows>>>Stowmarket

 Family farm,  2000 acres arable cropping including contract farms. Dairy Herd milking 200  cow...


Start Date: 30 June 2015
Experienced combine/ tractor driver for harvest and cultivation. 1500 ac based near  >> York<<

I am looking for a hard working operative with experience, to lead corn, or operate a combine depending on exp...


Start Date: 23 June 2015
Harvest tractor driver wanted for 2500 acre farm job in Northamtonshire

 Experienced harvest driver wanted for carting grain ,straw,compost and fym

must be qualified with telescopic l...





Top stories you may have missed
5 June 2015 | Cattle

A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...


5 June 2015 | Arable

Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...


5 June 2015 | Arable

With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...


5 June 2015 | Finance

A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...


5 June 2015 | Farmshops

A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...


4 June 2015 | Finance

Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...


4 June 2015 | Agri Safety

A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...


4 June 2015 | News

A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...


4 June 2015 | Finance

The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...


4 June 2015 | Arable

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will have mobile support units at the follo...