Farmers who grow oilseed rape in northern England will have access a new market when a 4,000 tonne store for high oleic/low linolenic (HOLL) oilseed opens from harvest 2020 at Ray Craggs in Sedgefield, Co. Durham.
The store will be available for members and non-members of the farmer-owned cooperative United Oilseeds.
Oil from HOLL crops is increasing in popularity due to rising demand for healthier frying oil from the food business sector, says United Oilseeds.
It is expecting to see a five-fold increase in area of HOLL varieties planted from the current 14,000 hectares to 75,000ha over the next five years.
Until now, the cost of transporting harvested crops to store has been a barrier for many farmers in northern England.
But the convenience of a store in Sedgefield means growers will earn a minimum £25/tonne premium for producing HOLL crops which are moved post-harvest. For movement during harvest the premium is £20/t, says United Oilseeds.
Chris Baldwin, United Oilseeds’ managing director, says: “There have been recent changes in the local market, with some oilseed buyers having left the market, or changed their marketing requirements.
“This new HOLL-specific store, with its convenient location, will reduce delivery miles and haulage costs for local farmers. It also improves our capacity for harvest collection.”
Tony Hinch, of Aire and Ouse Farms near Selby, currently delivers his HOLL crop into Bury St Edmunds, 160 miles away.
He says: “This new store is half the distance so will make a big difference. It will significantly reduce our haulage costs.”