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Spring Oilseed Rape is still the top break crop

Date Added: 26/01/2011

Spring oilseed rape still looks as if it will produce the top gross margin of any spring break crop and probably better than many spring cereal crops.

Spring oilseed rape still looks as if it will produce the top gross margin of any spring break crop and probably better than many spring cereal crops. Our figures show an advantage over feed spring barley of £50 per hectare but only £2.22 advantage over spring Linseed. Legumes for the second year running are a poor fourth option. Peas have not shown any benefit from the general upward trend in agricultural commodities largely because of large stocks in warehouses from previous years. Bean prices are keeping pace with feed wheat values and look to be better value although not in the same league as the oilseeds.

Any comment about spring break crops needs to be tempered by agronomic constraints. While Spring Oilseed rape shows the best gross margin growers need to remember that there is a very small range of herbicides available. If land grows Fat hen, Knotgrass, Black bindweed or Redshank in the spring please remember there are no herbicides except possibly high rates of Metazachlor which will control these weeds following the demise of Trifluralin.

In these conditions suddenly linseed becomes much more attractive as the chemistry exists to control virtually every spring germinating broadleaved weed and with the ability to use Avadex BW grass weed control is improved.

Weed control in pulse crops can be very effective but usually at a price which can make grower wince!

For Gross Margins (Estimated) Harvest 2011 see here

 

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