Oilseed YEN

In most regions of the UK, oilseed rape crops are capable of yielding around 9 tonnes of seed per hectare.

Leading farms and research trials for oilseed rape often achieve in excess of 5 tonnes per hectare. The average commercial farm produces even less - around 3 tonnes per hectare, with little increase in over 10 years. Currently, growers across the UK and further afield are faced with an added challenge posed by Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB). The network seeks to address how to successfully establish oilseed rape and maximise yields in all situations.

To complement the yield competition and full suite of benchmarked metrics received by each entrant, Oilseed YEN will now include an Establishment Beauty Contest. 

The network is striving to help the whole industry to successfully grow oilseed rape from start to finish – providing a better outlook for the crop into the future. 

Annual Oilseed YEN membership

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

Membership includes:

  • Benchmark your crops' performance against other members
  • Attend workshops with experienced farmers, agronomists and scientists 
  • Be eligible 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.

Membership fees

UK based individual Oilseed YEN Membership is £300 (incl VAT).

Where entries are supported by a UK based third party, that is not an official YEN Sponsor, Membership is £480 (incl VAT).

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

Sponsorship

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
Yield & completed entry pack deadline

News

Scottish farmer David Fuller-Shapcott wins bronze for oilseed rape - YEN 2019

AUTHOR: Leslie Berger -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Best Field Yield 2019: Bronze Award

Sponsor: BASF

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Richard Budd breaking records for oilseed yield - YEN 2019

AUTHOR: Leslie Berger -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Best Field Yield 2019: Gold Award

Sponsor: Independent

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Grower sets new OSR record of 7.2t/ha in yield competition

AUTHOR: Farmers Weekly -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Pete Berry, head of crop physiology at ADAS, discusses the tremendous achievement by top three oilseed entrants to the Yield Enhancement Networks annual awards event.  All three top oilseed rape… more

Farmers are key to their own success at this year's YEN Awards

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

The annual awards meeting of the Yield Enhancement Network – or ‘YEN’ – held at Eastwood Hall near Nottingham on Tuesday 19th November was fuller than ever and debated more… more

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