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Why oilseed rape is a good choice for 2023

Oilseed rape will give comparable margins in 2023 to winter wheat and is a crop worth consideration on most farms. On this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Shay Phelan and Dermot Forristal, Teagasc discuss the varieties, establishment methods and early crop management of oilseed rape.

According to Shay, choosing a variety with high light leaf spot and pod shatter resistance is a good starting point but there are other traits which can be looked at including Phoma resistance or a Clearfield variety which is matched to a specific herbicide allowing to control other brassicia species in the field.

Dermot Forristal said oilseed rape is resilient and will give similar yields when planted with different establishment systems, providing plants are evenly spaced through the field.  

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