9th December 2005




‘A bright future for oilseeds’ was the theme for the first in a series of workshops held at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus earlier this month.


The purpose of the meeting at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture was to promote a new trials initiative, Best of British Oilseeds, combining Masstock’s SMARTfarming network with Monsanto, BASF, Kemira GrowHow, Vaderstad and Claas


The meeting also aimed to communicate agronomic management factors enabling high-yielding oilseed rape crops and to encourage discussion on marketing opportunities for the future.   


The event was attended by 80 farmers and agronomists who were welcomed to the Best of British Oilseeds project by David Langton, trials and SMARTfarms manager for Masstock, who also gave a review of the research and development work which Masstock is carrying out with the oilseed rape crop.


A presentation by Paul Birbeck from machinery manufacturers Vaderstad explained some fundamental differences in crop establishment practices, outlining those used to establish the crops on the SMARTfarm site at Riseholme Park Farms Lodge Farm in Nettleham.


A further talk by Philip Marr explained some of the current trials, covering new varieties, disease resistance, seed rate and establishment achievements, and the afternoon was concluded by David Neale looking ahead at opportunities, developments and challenges in producing and marketing in a new era of oilseed production.


The event was very popular with those who attended and Masstock plan to hold further such events at Riseholme Park in 2006.



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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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