Sugar beet agronomy – Uneasy start for beet

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Download PDF Challenging is the word that best describes the 2020 season to date and none more so than in sugar beet. CPM catches up with the up and downs of the spring and looks ahead at the fungicide decisions soon to be made. Aphids arrived 2-2.5 weeks earlier than normal. By Lucy de la Pasture For Arable Alliance agronomist, Andrew Wells, the sugar beet crops under his care have fallen into two very different categories, depending on soil type. On light land, seedbed preparation wasn’t a problem, so earlier drilling was possible after the very wet Feb and the beet got off to a flying start. “On the lighter land the moisture was conserved and, as a result, beet emergence was very even and establishment was high. That good start has meant those crops have been a pleasure all season and crops met across the rows three weeks ahead of the target date of the Lincolnshire show (circa longest day).” Andrew has tweaked herbicide programmes to major on contact activity when conditions turned resolutely dry during March, April and May, where his Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire patch had just three rainfall events resulting in a total of 27mm. “I found referring back…
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