As harvest nears, Sesame winter oilseed rape – the highest yielding oilseed rape variety on the east/west 2011 HGCA oilseed rape Recommended List, with 10% of the UK acreage, is living up to its yield promise.
In the south, Wiltshire grower RJ Butler comments: “Our crop inspectors noted it was a very good, even crop and we agree that the Sesame looks excellent, having come through winter better than other varieties on farm. There have been problems with poor flowering and blind sites on some varieties this season, but not in the Sesame.”
Also in Wiltshire, Richard Moore who farms near Salisbury, and has a large block of Sesame notes that: “The variety established well and, despite minimal spring rain, it’s not been held back and now looks promising for harvest.”
In the major oilseed rape growing of Holderness, east Yorkshire seed specialist Mark Winter says that: “Looking around the Yorkshire rape crops Sesame looks to have been a good decision – we have not a single variety related problem that I am aware of. Most crops look full of promise given reasonable weather as we get to harvest.”
Further north, Nick Wilson who farms near Boroughbridge, north Yorkshire grew Sesame last year and this years’ crop look set to give a similar yield: “Our Sesame flowered longer than many other varieties in the area and has really thick stems, which has helped it to withstand the drought. It has stayed very clean and has laid down pods without issue.”
Craig Padley, head of oilseed breeding at LS Plant Breeding (LSPB), explains that, while Sesame may not be the neatest variety on the farm during the growing season, its top RL ranking is what matters and proves that it comes up with the yield when the combines start to roll: “With oilseed prices hovering around £400 a tonne, it’s not looks you want – it’s seed in the store. And Sesame’s high-yielding pods are typically packed with high-value seeds.”