All of the top six yielding oilseed rape varieties on this year’s Recommended List (RL) have come from the breeders stable, reinforcing the success of its ‘trait loading’ approach in providing UK growers with varieties that are robust and deliver consistently across seasons and regions.
Two exciting new varieties join these top six on the Recommended List for the first time, LG Aviron and LG Antigua.
Hybrid LG Aviron gains UK wide recommendation with an extremely high gross output of 108% over control. It shares this top position with stable mate Ambassador, which has held onto its very high yields for the second season in a row.
“Trait loading of our varieties means that LG Aviron offers the N-Flex trait unique to Limagrain’s oilseed rape varieties, as well as resistance to pod shatter, TuYV and RLM 7,” says Will Charlton, Limagrain’s oilseed rape product manager.
“The N-Flex trait is a relatively new trait launched in our hybrids last year offering a step forward in the way that oilseed rape varieties minimise yield loses in sub-optimal N conditions.”
“Ambassador and LG Aviron, the two highest yielding varieties on the RL, possess this trait; and have demonstrated their robustness and resilience in what was a challenging season for oilseed rape.”
“LG Aviron has proven itself to be a very vigorous hybrid, that can establish well in challenging seedbeds.”
Gaining recommendation for the east/west with an extremely high gross output of 109% of control and 108% for the UK, LG Antigua is the second of Limagrain’s fully loaded hybrids to join the top six on the RL this autumn.
“LG Antigua offers a comprehensive genetic traits package: combining TuYV, pod shatter and RLM7 resistance and good disease resistance.”
“The variety has excellent plant vigour characteristics in both the autumn and spring, and offers the earliest maturity available on the RL which is a valuable trait on farm, points out Mr Charlton.
|LG Aviron||LG Antigua|
|Gross output UK||108||108|
|Oil content, fungicide treated (%)||44.50%||45.60%|
|Glucosinolate (µmoles/g of seed)||11.2||11.5|
|Resistance to lodging||7||8|
|Shortness of stem||6||6|
|Earliness of flowering||8||7|
|Earliness of maturity||6||6|
|Light Leaf Spot||7||6|
These two new and exciting recommendations join Limagrain’s other outstanding recommended and proven varieties, all of which offer characteristics suitable for certain situations or market requirements, and proved themselves in last season’s challenging conditions.
Ambassador is the joint highest yielding variety on the 2021/22 Recommended list and is the outright highest yielding variety in the east/ west region. Ambassador is a fully loaded hybrid and with proven performance both in trial and on farm – Ambassador is the variety to beat in terms of oilseed rape performance.
Aurelia is a very high yielding hybrid offering high yields across all regions of the UK and is the top yielding variety in the north at 106% of control. A fully loaded hybrid combining genetic TuYV, pod shatter and RLM7 phoma resistance, Aurelia also offers the highest Light Leaf Spot rating (7) available on the RL.
Acacia is the highest yielding conventional variety on the RL and in its second year of recommendation has proven on farm and trial performance at 107% of control. Acacia offers key agronomic characteristics of strong autumn and spring vigour, solid disease resistance and short, stiff straw, combined with a high oil content.
Aspire is the only recommended conventional variety with the all important TuYV resistance. It is a short robust plant type with very good straw characteristics. A solid disease and TuYV resistance means Aspire fits the early drilling option perfectly with its slower speed of development.
Aardvark is a conventional variety with early flowering and high vigour and the best disease package out of the recommended conventional varieties. The variety has demonstrated a strong performance across all regions of the UK and has a strong agronomic package including excellent straw strength and solid disease resistance.