Innovation leads the way at Velcourt OSR day

Velcourt and Openfield host Oilseed Rape Open day.


An Oilseed Rape trials day on May 2, organised by Velcourt and Openfield at Porters Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, Peterborough, saw representatives from Velcourt and the wider farming industry speaking to around 150 farmers and agronomists.

The collaborative field-based session covered a wide range of technical subjects including seed treatment choices, cultivation and establishment systems and best practice on fertiliser usage.


Velcourt Farm Manager Jason Turnbull spoke about the management of Porters Farm and his approach to Oilseed Rape agronomy.  Technical Director Keith Norman outlined the Company’s development work with the crop, the approach to technology and agronomic challenges faced this season and his department’s R&D projects.


Jason outlined how he was looking to reduce metaldehyde use by only applying slug pellets sparingly when drilling oilseed rape crops.  He described how slug pellets were only placed along the rows as seed was drilled and the rate altered to soil type using variable-rate application technology. As a result application rates had fallen from 5kg/ha to just 1kg.


“Naturally, there is a significant cost saving,” said Mr Turnbull. “However, we are also making a significant contribution to the aims of the Pelletwise Campaign and reducing the potential environmental impact of metaldehyde.”



Around 150 farmers and agronomists from the Midlands and eastern England attended the event, which also saw speakers from the John Innes Centre, Growhow UK and Agrovista.


To discuss Velourt's leading crop technology programs or engage with a your local agronomist or farm manager to compare ideas please contact your Local regional office