Oilseed YEN

The Oilseed YEN network is striving to help the whole industry to successfully grow Oilseed rape (OSR) and Linseed from start to finish – providing a better outlook for both crops into the future. 

In most regions of the UK, we estimate that with the right husbandry and variety, OSR crops have a potential yield of around 9 t/ha. Leading farms and research trials for OSR often achieve in excess of 5 t/ha and over 4 t/ha for winter linseed. However, the average commercial farm produces even less - around 3 t/ha for OSR and 2 t/ha for spring linseed. There has been little increase in over 10 years. This network is striving to address how to maximise yields in all situations.


Annual Oilseed YEN membership

Membership is open and available to anyone; farmers, agronomists, and researchers.

Membership includes:

  • Benchmarking of your crops' performance against other members on +40 factors, including fertiliser application and seed rate.
  • Free NRM soil analysis and Lancrop leaf tissue anaylsis
  • Workshops with experienced farmers, agronomists and scientists 
  • Eligibility for the YEN Awards at the annual conference, held in November

As part of your membership, you will receive a comprehensive report on your crop’s performance and constraints to yield to help you improve. See an example report for oilseed

Membership fees

UK based individual Oilseed YEN Membership is £350 (Excl. VAT).

Where entries are supported by a UK based third party, that is not an official YEN Sponsor, Membership is £400 (Excl VAT).

For all non-UK entries, Membership is £400.

Sponsored entry is also available (please see below).


Corporate Sponsors support the network to maintain its core activities.  Their vital role is recognised in all YEN publicity, media items, conference presentations, and on this website.

Sponsors have a key role in steering the evolution of the network and its activities.  They have access to network information, intelligence and discussions to support their own yield enhancement initiatives.

Sponsors can also make multiple competition entries, and have multiple attendance at the annual YEN conference.

A few sponsors will also contribute some or all of individual farmers membership fees.

For more information, please contact the Oilseed YEN Project Manager.

Key Dates
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Russ McKenzie awarded Innovator of the Year at YEN 2022 Awards

Russ McKenzie awarded Innovator of the Year at YEN 2022 Awards

TAGS: Cereal YEN, Oilseed YEN

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YEN celebrates 10 years of progress

YEN celebrates 10 years of progress

AUTHOR: Roger Sylvester Bradley -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Oilseed YEN

The Yield Enhancement Network or YEN is now ten years old and to celebrate this major step, the annual conference was combined with an awards dinner at Peterborough on Tuesday 24… more

YEN opens BASF sponsored Establishment Beauty Contest for Oilseed Rape

YEN opens BASF sponsored Establishment Beauty Contest for Oilseed Rape

TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Building on a successful Oilseed YEN Establishment Beauty Contest in 2020, it is back for 2022 with kind sponsorship provided by BASF. The initiative, which is organised by ADAS, is set to… more

Sponsored places still available for Oilseed YEN 2022!

Sponsored places still available for Oilseed YEN 2022!

AUTHOR: Sarah Kendall -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Looking to understand your Oilseed Rape crop’s performance in detail? – there is still time to enter Oilseed YEN for 2022 and make the most of joining up with other like-minded… more

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