Overdue Oilseed Harvest Posing Problems

There is growing interest in the companion crop technique
There is growing interest in the companion crop technique

This year’s late oilseeds harvest is focussing farmers’ minds on the need to work quickly and efficiently thereafter, report Territory Managers who have been attending open days at the oilseed rape establishment trials we have been running with Agrovista.

These worries are making a very good case for the one-pass oilseed establishment systems championed by the company.

James Kissock, who attended events at Harper Adams, Shropshire, and Cirencester, Gloucestershire, says:

“Many visitors were talking about how they might work faster to compensate for making a much later start to work.

“Many report that their crops suffered badly through being established late or into less than ideal seed-beds last autumn, and are keen to avoid the danger of that happening again.

“In that scenario mounting a seeder on our cultivators could provide them with a one-pass establishment system that could help get the crop in quicker, and so avoid any backlog or problems later in the autumn”.

Stephen Cook, who attended events at Croft, County Durham, and Stoughton, Leicestershire, says farmers are interested in the companion crop technique demonstrated at Stoughton.

This involves sowing a companion crop between the rows of oilseed rape, which covers the soil and prevents weed competition developing in the autumn, before the cover crop is frosted out over the winter:

“Many farmers accept this year’s crops are not likely to yield as well as they had expected. But they are keen to get on and get their arable programmes back on track this autumn”.