Saturday, March 28, 2020

Top rape varieties available on buy now pay later offer

February 28, 2020 by  
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Oilseed rape growers have the opportunity to defer payment on seed purchased before 31 March 2020 for leading varieties LG Aurelia and Acacia.

“Seed for these varieties purchased before the end of March this year will not have to be paid for until June 2021,” explains David Bouch, seed manager for crop production specialists Hutchinsons, which is behind the deal.

“We have launched this offer to help spread the cost of seed on the very best oilseed rape varieties, as we recognise the challenges that the wet autumn has thrown at many growers in terms of managing their budgets over the next eighteen months.

“By signing up to this offer, growers will have access to varieties with the highest gross output and the very best technical attributes on the 2020/21 AHDB Recommended List, giving them the greatest chance at growing a profitable oilseed rape crop.”

Both varieties are bred by Limagrain UK. “Their success is a reflection of the company’s focus on breeding high yielding, trait-loaded varieties suitable for the UK farmer,” explains Vasilis Gegas, the company’s portfolio manager for Europe.

High yields and oil

Conventional variety Acacia took poll position on the AHDB Recommended List for 2020/21. Its gross output is 109% of treated control and 110% for the east/west region, with consistent high yields and oil content in very different situations and seasons.

An Anastasia cross, Acacia demonstrates its parent characteristics of strong autumn and spring vigour, solid disease resistance and short, stiff straw, combined with high oil content.

“Being vigorous in the spring is an important attribute for the establishment of winter oilseed rape, especially when the crop is under stress from pests and disease – which as we know is the biggest threat to the success of an oilseed rape crop currently,” says Mr Bouch.

Acacia also has good disease resistance to light leaf spot and stem canker. It is medium-to-early to flower with medium-late maturity, so has a longer grain fill period. A short variety with very stiff stems and very good lodging resistance, it makes for an easier and quicker harvest.

High performance

The second variety on offer is hybrid LG Aurelia. Another of breeder Limagrain’s fully loaded hybrids, it has shown consistently high yield performance in some challenging seasons – and is a variety with robust on-farm performance.

Mr Bouch says: “This is in large part down to its very good autumn and spring vigour, allowing it the best chance to establish and grow away for early pest and disease pressure.”

LG Aurelia’s gross output is 108% of treated control. It has TuYV resistance, pod shatter resistance and RLM7 against stem canker, offering the most robust disease resistance ratings of any recommended variety, rating 8 for both stem canker and light leaf spot resistance.

It is a medium-early to flower and medium for maturity, ensuring less damage from any late frosts, as well as allowing maximum green leaf canopy duration for maximum yield potential. The variety is medium in height with ratings of 8 for stem stiffness and lodging resistance.

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