New beet growers

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by Niteforce, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Niteforce

    Niteforce Member

    Location:
    East Yorks
    Is anybody going to be a new grower of Sugarbeet this year who hasn’t before for BS . Wondering if it’s still as popular as it use to be as a break crop given the lower price but a useful break if you’ve black grass issues.??
     
  2. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    It is no more of a blackgrass break than any other spring crop. The same graminicides are used with only one extra - ethofumesate. That is different chemistry but won’t be a silver bullet. Steerage hoes won’t grub up well tillered blackgrass plants but can kill smaller ones.

    You’ll have to talk to current beet growers about the economics. Feed beans are £188/t for Nov 19 with premiums of £20-50/t. Peas min £230 max £280/t pre Xmas. Don’t forget to factor in soil and track damage from lifting beet in winter, plus a yield reduction from the following crop if its winter wheat and is sown late. What will it cost to transport the beet to Newark from you? Unless you’d grow decent spuds on the field I’d say beet was marginal vs other spring crops. All in my opinion, of course.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
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  3. Niteforce

    Niteforce Member

    Location:
    East Yorks
    We are currently growing beet . I was just digging to see if any body has managed to get a new contract with BS as i keep asking for a bit of extra tonnage but having no joy.
     
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  4. Goffer

    Goffer Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    No new growers this year I was told , beet only suits a real mixed soil farm really we think , you've got to be prepared to lift late some years and have a spring crop to follow that will do well
     
  5. DrWazzock

    DrWazzock Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    We asked for some more and didn't get it either.
     
  6. Niteforce

    Niteforce Member

    Location:
    East Yorks
    Asked last year also but no joy ,only wanting about 250 ton as we have balanced a lot of fields into equal sizes.
     
  7. Goffer

    Goffer Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Tonnage must have gone early last year we took 2200 ton of which we were offered 3000
     
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