2014-03-28   facebook twitter rss

Setting New Standards in Added Value Winter OSR

The arrival of the first winter oilseed rape varieties to combine market-leading gross output with a premium-earning high oleic, low linolenic (HOLL) specification heralds an exciting new era of opportunity for OSR growers.

Indeed, it seems set to put commodity ‘double low’ oilseed rape growing into the shade before very long. This was the exciting prospect raised by the UK’s leading oilseed rape breeder, Dekalb with the launch its new generation of HOLL hybrids.

Geoff Hall (L) and Matthew Clarke (R) examine a HOLL sample with grower, Andrew Ward in the Monsanto oil analysis laboratory

Geoff Hall (L) and Matthew Clarke (R) examine a HOLL sample with grower, Andrew Ward in the Monsanto oil analysis laboratory

“Eight years on from our introduction of the world’s first winter HOLL, the added-value crop offers greater opportunities than ever for UK growers,” stressed Monsanto’s European Vistive Lead, Geoff Hall.

“Strong food industry demand from processors keen to improve the health of their fried foods is now being accompanied by growing interest in the oil for its advantages over ordinary rapeseed in both calorific value for biofuels and stability for storage and shipping.”

For growers the main attraction of HOLL comes in the form of guaranteed flat rate premiums of up to £35/t over double lows on top of oil bonuses offered for 2014/15 growing contracts. However, the real icing on the cake lies in the fact that there is no longer any performance penalty against ordinary ‘double low’ OSR.

“Hybrid breeding has allowed us to make rapid progress in overcoming the yield disadvantage of original HOLL pure lines,” pointed out Dekalb breeder, Matthew Clarke.
“To such an extent that V316OL is currently a leading UK-wide RL candidate regardless of its oil specification, joining V295OL – proven with similar output abilities in the Danish trials system – and quality standard, V280OL in our UK portfolio.”

“At the same time, we’ve made equally good progress in building-in superior growing characteristics through our hybrid programme. All our HOLL hybrids are far more vigorous establishers than the original pure lines varieties and we’ve been adding substantially to their other agronomic attributes to offer the greatest production reliability and consistency.

“Alongside a gross output of 105% and 107% of controls in the East & West and the North respectively, for instance, V316OL has both phoma and light leaf spot resistance scores of 7 and lodging resistance and stem stiffness scores of 9 and 8 respectively. And V295OL has the pod shatter resistance that is proving so valuable in all our ‘double low’ hybrids.”

“Our latest HOLL hybrids offer a secure market with attractive premiums and absolutely no production downside,” concluded Geoff Hall. “They’re produced with exactly the same agronomy as ‘double lows’ and involve no extra costs and supported by our fast turn-round, independent post-harvest laboratory oil testing for peace of mind and problem-free movement to the crush. It’s all part of the specialist contract service we’ve developed with our seed and agronomy partners, Agrii, Frontier, Openfield, Harlow Agricultural Merchants and ADM Direct on the one hand plus several continental and key UK crushers, Cargill and ADM on the other.”

Monsanto

   
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