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Developments in oilseed rape production focus of winter seminars

Developments in oilseed rape (OSR) markets and agronomy will be covered at the annual United Oilseeds/AHDB technical update seminars.

Taking place on Thursday 8 February 2018 in Berkshire, the event features four papers sponsored by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

Relevant to producers of OSR, the papers cover varieties, disease management, Brexit and research. Details of the AHDB seminars are outlined below.

Further information on all free seminars and how to register can be accessed from the event web page: cereals.ahdb.org.uk/oilseeds

There is no charge to attend the seminars, which start with lunch. BASIS and NRoSO points have also been applied for.

Paper one: Making the most of the AHDB Recommended List (RL) for OSR – Jenna Watts, AHDB

There have been some important changes to the RL for OSR in the latest revision. For the first time, winter varieties are presented on a single UK table, with varieties differentiated by region.

The 2018/19 List also saw four new conventional varieties for the North region and the number of varieties recommended for the East and West regions reduce.

A new variety, Architect, with resistance to turnip yellows virus (TuYV), has also replaced Amalie, which marks a step forward in the trade-off between disease resistance and increased yield.

At the event, Jenna will discuss the latest developments and provide delegates with an opportunity to express opinions on how to improve the Lists as part of AHDB’s RL Look Ahead activity.

Paper two: Sustainable fungicide programmes for OSR – Faye Ritchie, ADAS

AHDB’s independent fungicide performance trials tests the effectiveness of fungicides against foliar disease of OSR at various locations. An update on the latest dose-response information, spray timings and growth regulatory effects will be presented at the event.

Faye will also reflect on OSR disease pressures so far this season and discuss tools which can be used as part of an integrated approach to disease management.

Paper three: BREXIT and the oilseeds sector – Amandeep Kaur Purewal, AHDB

Brexit has triggered uncertainty in the market. Amandeep will look at the implications of Brexit and other drivers on the global oilseeds market. The paper will also include a look at the threats and opportunities to the domestic market and complement a market update by United Oilseeds.

Paper four: AHDB activity overview, including Monitor Farms and Strategic Farms – Emily Smith, AHDB

Emily will provide a whistle-stop tour of AHDB’s activity relevant to producers of OSR. The paper will include highlights from AHDB’s network of Monitor Farms and Strategic Farms, as well as the organisation’s research programme.

The paper will also look at soil health and how AHDB investment is improving understanding of what to measure, how to measure it and what the measurements reveal.

Source: AHDB

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