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New oilseed rape variety is a Cracker

Oilseed Rape growers in the north of England and in Scotland face a different growing environment to those further south, and the increasing choice of varieties suited to their conditions is a major plus for the crop.

“Our new hybrid, Cracker joins the established variety Mendel to help growers in clubroot problem areas stay in the crop. And our other new hybrid, Palace, has joined with Emerson and Cuillin to bring growers a third variety with light leaf spot resistance, says Theo Labuda, LSPB’s managing director.

Cracker is a clubroot resistant hybrid variety with gross output of 118% in National List trials in the north. Cracker’s all-round disease resistance means it is likely to become the clear favourite where clubroot is a problem.

Palace is a hybrid with outstanding resistance to light leaf spot and a gross output of 129% in National List trials in the north.  This makes Palace a top contender for HGCA recommendation,  and a reassuring choice for growers where disease pressure is increasing. And the light leaf spot resistance will give a very worthwhile saving on fungicide costs in a typical season.

The hybrid vigour of both varieties means they will perform well when following later harvested wheat – another benefit for growers in the north, adds Mr Labuda.

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