28 Jan 2015

Record oil harvest predicted

3:58 pm on 28 January 2015

This year's oilseed rape harvest is likely to be a record breaker, a vegetable oil processor and marketer says.

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Photo: Supplied Pure Oil New Zealand

Pure Oil New Zealand is based in Christchurch and contracts arable farmers nationwide to grow oilseed rape.

The oil, also known as canola, is extracted from the seed for the food market and the meal by-product is sold to farmers as supplementary stock feed.

Managing director Nick Murney said the crop liked sunshine and moisture and had performed well in this year's conditions.

"The crops established well last year in the autumn and had a reasonably kind winter and got good tap roots down," he said.

"As it's come through the dry spring and summer the plants have managed to get moisture from deep down in the soil and that's pushed the crop through and it's helping it to yield well.

"It is early, we haven't got all the crops in but things are looking promising and it looks like it's going to be a record harvest on volume and yield for Pure Oil."

Meanwhile, North Otago arable farmer Chris Dennison is claiming a new world record for his canola crop, harvested last week.

He said official adjudicators checked the quality and the final weight was 6.31 tonnes per hectare, surpassing the previous record of 6.14 tonnes set last August by an Englishman.

Mr Dennison said while the dry weather had not been good for pastoral farmers, the fine weather had helped with the crop's success.

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