Oilseed rape growers across the UK have a new champion in their
efforts to take the greatest possible advantage of the huge opportunities
offered by perhaps the most exciting crop at their disposal.
This was the pledge made by Monsanto UK commercial lead,
Geoff Hall launching DEKALB as the country’s leading provider
of improved varieties and market development information this week
(Friday March 2).
From the outset Monsanto’s newly-branded European oilseeds
breeding programme offers UK growers an unparalleled portfolio
of improvement opportunities. This includes the country’s
popular variety, Castille; the market-leading hybrid, Excalibur;
the top stem canker resistant variety, Excel; the high erucic acid
(HEAR) leader, Hearty; and the unique high oleic, low linolenic
(HO,LL) range of speciality winter oilseed rapes, Vistive.
“As the pioneering programme responsible for both low biomass
and next generation hybrid oilseed rapes, DEKALB’s commitment
to UK crop improvement is second to none,” Geoff Hall stressed. “And
our pipeline continues to stand out as the single most impressive
in the business, with more than 20 varieties currently in UK national
and recommended list trials.
“By developing and testing DEKALB varieties widely across
the full range of European climates, we ensure the greatest possible
consistency of performance at the highest level, regardless of
conditions,” he added. “We see this as particularly
crucial if growers are to achieve sustained crop performance improvements
despite the challenges of rapidly increasing OSR growing intensity
across the country.”
In introducing the DEKALB name – respected across the world
for its leadership in corn, soya, oilseeds and cotton breeding – to
the UK, Monsanto is underlining the strength of its commitment
to sustained national oilseed rape improvement at a time of unparalleled
opportunity for the crop.
As well as the country’s leading provider of improved varieties,
DEKALB is setting out to be a key source of up-to-the-minute oilseeds
development and market information for the industry and a vital
partner to seed and agronomy advisers in helping growers maximise
crop output and value.
“Oilseed rape is about the healthiest oil available for
the food industry as well as a prime raw material for the blossoming
biodiesel market,” pointed out Geoff Hall. “By understanding
the changing demands of these attractive markets and the new opportunities
they present, we and our industry partners will provide growers
with both the varieties and support they need to make the very
most of them.
“Advanced ‘double low’, HEAR and HO,LL varieties
are just the start. Our development programme includes a variety
of improved oil profiles for functional foods and industrial applications.
I have no doubt that oilseed rape is the single most exciting crop
currently available to the agricultural industry. We will be playing
a leading role in turning its huge potential into practical benefits
for UK growers.”
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