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 OSR crops have a potential yield of around 9 t/ha - this estimation is based on a theoretically 'perfect' variety grown with 'inspired' husbandry. 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, with little increase in over 10 years. The network is striving to address how to maximise yields in all situations.

Currently, OSR growers across the UK and further afield are faced with an added challenge posed by Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB). For this reason, Oilseed YEN includes an Establishment Beauty Contest, specifically for OSR, which complements the yield competition and full suite of benchmarked metrics received by all entrants.

 

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

Oilseed YEN Establishment Beauty Contest

AUTHOR: Sarah Kendall -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

For the 2020-21 season Oilseed YEN introduced an Establishment Beauty Contest with the aim of increasing the information captured around the establishment period and… more

Yield winners do battle with the elements and come out on top

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

The annual Yield Enhancement Network Awards for cereals and oilseeds went online for the first time on Wednesday 25th November. Held in conjunction with the Croptec Show and… more

YEN Awards 2020 - going online and open to everyone

AUTHOR: Sarah Kendall -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Oilseed YEN, Events

Since 2012, The … more

Oilseed YEN broadens horizon with NEW establishment focus for 2020-21 & reflects on insights into high yields

AUTHOR: Sarah Kendall and Dhaval Patel -
TAGS: Oilseed YEN

Whilst many growers over recent years have struggled with OSR establishment, all growers can benefit from joining more