Biodiesel Firms Searching for Oilseed Rape Producers
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie
Biodiesel firms are on the look out for farmers to provide oilseed rape. Yorkshire based Springdale Crop Synergies and NK have launched their UK-led biodiesel contract for 2004/05, providing growers with the opportunity to exploit the crops for energy market.
The new contract which is targeting 4,000ha, offers farmers a guaranteed minimum spot price for 2005 food grade oilseed rape and oil bonuses, plus the added potential of a premium depending on duty rebates on green fuel.
In addition, the venture provides growers with access to Royal, one of the highest yielding available hybrids on the HGCA recommended list, accompanied by a package of agronomic advice.
The Springdale NK contract mirrors last year's offer which attracted an uptake of more than 2,000ha.Early discussions with a significant number of this year's growers indicate a good uptake for the coming season. Dialogue is also ongoing with a number of end users for that crop, for inclusion in a biodiesel blend.
Yield from the first 2,000ha could fuel more than 50,000 cars over the first 12 month period.
Nigel Padbury of NK, the oilseed and maize brand of Syngenta Seeds, said: "This venture is designed to provide growers with a new outlet for oilseed rape oil and we're optimistic of uptake. We are providing growers with access to NK's Royal, a high seed yield at 106pc, together with a good oil content of 42. …