Winter oilseed rape offers many benefits to tillage farmers, in terms of rotation, workload, and risk management. While many break crops can struggle to compare economically to cereals, some growers are achieving yields of 5t/ha and occasionally more.

At this yield level, the gross margin for winter oilseed rape, according to the 2020 Teagasc Costs and Returns, is approximately €543/ha, which compares quite favourably with 10t/ha of winter wheat (€434), 10t/ha of winter barley (€499/ha) or 9t/ha of winter oats (€430). This excludes the additional yield that is likely in a first cereal after the oilseed rape.