The first rape crop in seven years at a Cornish farm has resulted in the highest ever yields for a AHDB Monitor Farm.

Ashley Jones of Smeaton Farm, near Saltash harvested his 4.5ha field of oilseed rape hybrid LG Ambassador on July 22, and it yielded a very pleasing 4.07t/ha.

A second crop of the conventional Aspire also performed well at 3.58t/ha.

Ashley said: “These are the highest oilseed rape yields we have ever achieved, and that’s taking into account some bare headland areas."

Having dropped oilseed rape from the rotation at the AHDB Monitor Farm seven years ago as it was underperforming, Mr Jones is thrilled with these harvest results, particularly as the LG Ambassador will go forward into the YEN Oilseed competition this year.

He said: “The LG Ambassador was drilled slightly later on the September 6, 2019, and we were very lucky with the crop in the autumn as we didn’t have any CSFB infestation so it got up and away, and the crops stayed clean season-long. Both varieties have TuYV (Turnip Yellows Virus) resistance and without a doubt this held yields up.”

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Ashley believes that in dropping the plough and harrow system he used previously, for min till into stubble, the rape crops do not come through as lush and thick, and that by having fewer plants and a thinner crop that has more space and light, yields have improved.

He will be growing both varieties again next year.

LG Ambassador is the highest gross output hybrid variety on the current recommended list. LG Ambassador shows exceptional autumn and spring vigour and has a very good disease resistance profile. Ambassador from LG Seeds is the first four trait hybrid variety in the market.

Aspire is a very high yielding conventional variety and is the only AHDB recommended conventional with TuYV resistance. It is a very robust plant type with short stiff stems.