Oilseed rape can be a difficult crop to grow. Significant yield losses just prior to harvest - when time, care and money have been expended to grow it - can be devastating for growers who experience pod shatter in their crops.
Pod shatter resistance reduces harvest losses and helps to insure against premature pod shatter. It is an essential trait when selecting a hybrid variety, and the LG breeding programme ensures it is available in all our fully loaded hybrid WOSR varieties.
• A natural process that enables seed dispersion
• Tensions on the pod caused by repeated wetting and drying during wet harvests can cause pods to shatter
• Pod shatter can be quantified as the force required to break a ripe pod
• Random and untimely pod shatter in a commercial crop results in high seed losses