OSR is widely recognised as an excellent break crop, but in recent years it has not been without its problems, focusing mainly on establishment. Until now the grower is the one to bear the risk and all the difficulties of establishment in our post neonicitinoid world.
KWS UK Ltd, working in conjunction with Wynnstay and other seed merchants, have looked at how to share this risk with the grower. From this they have developed the KWS Oilseed Establishment Partnership.
The grower signs up for the OEP online, we can do all of that for you and it’s a simple quick process. The OEP is managed by Breeders Intellectual Property Office and is a one of process. After this has been completed seed can be bought from us in the normal way – the diffrence here is that the initial outlay for the seed will be significantly lower than other certified seed as that both Wynnstay and KWS are taking a lower margin. Once the seed is planted there is a fee to be paid on the area established. This payment is due on 1st November in the year of planting
This gives the grower all the advantages of certified seed with its guaranteed genetics, independent purity and germination assessments and erucic acid assurance.
It doesn't end there - the first variety to be offered on OEP is Blazen, a high yielding conventional variety from the well established KWS Momont programme. it is a candidate for recommendation this autumn. Blazen is short stiff variety with high yield, good disease resistance and strong tolerance to verticillium stem stripe. What have you got to lose - signing up costs nothing and once done will enable you to purchase Blazen and subsequent varieties added to the OEP.