After the recent rejection of the iLUC concept by the European Parliament, the course is set to continue large-area oilseed rape cultivation in the EU. However, the focus of oilseed rape growing remains on the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Already, a litre of diesel from oilseed rape oil reduces the emission of greenhouse gases by 60 % in comparison with diesel from fossil fuels. Added to this is the further positive effect for the natural environment, such as an increase in biodiversity, or for bees and other beneficial organisms, and improvement in soil fertility. It is to be expected that the positive effects of oilseed rape culture will also be recognised at the political level in the future, and that oilseed rape will also continue to significantly shape the image of our agricultural landscape.
Further important reasons for oilseed rape growing are also the non-monetary effects in the crop rotation. Wheat following oilseed rape not only has a higher grain yield than a wheat-wheat double crop, but there is also a positive influence on the protein content.
Even if the oilseed rape price remains at the current level, winter oilseed rape is still economically interesting and our present agricultural landscape is unimaginable without it.