Sugar beet price 2020

Brisel

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Location
Dorset
Farm I did my gap year on had a separate sprayer fir beet !

Long time ago though when such luxury was probably affordable (there were x6 of us on 1500ac !)
I'll bet beet was £30/t and cost less to grow back then, when God was a boy :p
 

Flat 10

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Location
Fen Edge
Not really unless you've got a big area of spring combinables. For most growers it's only a small % of the farm anyway. For me the biggest pain was washing SUs out of the sprayer before going onto beet. Oh, and the soil destruction when lifting late & wet then having to do remedial subsoiling after a mediocre late sown wheat crop. Am I selling it well enough here? :D
Spraying a fifth of my farm every week certainly does clash with my cereal spraying and fert workload. Probably an opportunity to spray less and use more expensive beet herbicides but the virus yellows situation isn’t going to help reduce sprayer passes.
 

teslacoils

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Location
Lincolnshire
It was later than that last year IIRC. BS want to leave it until after the window for sowing osr instead has passed as that's the main threat to their beet area for margin, then they are only competing with oats, beans & other spring breaks. :cautious:
Given how many of us are dropping osr, then that plan may not work. They just sit in the bs office, smiling and saying "remember Peterborough" when growers and nfu essentially rid them of half the growers and left only the hyper efficient and those who's "grandad first grew it in 1930" brigade who are happy farming just for the fun.

£17 a ton? That's funny. Just all stop. It will cost bs more to lay off the staff and cleanup the factories than paying you a few £ more.
 

Flat 10

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Location
Fen Edge
Given how many of us are dropping osr, then that plan may not work. They just sit in the bs office, smiling and saying "remember Peterborough" when growers and nfu essentially rid them of half the growers and left only the hyper efficient and those who's "grandad first grew it in 1930" brigade who are happy farming just for the fun.

£17 a ton? That's funny. Just all stop. It will cost bs more to lay off the staff and cleanup the factories than paying you a few £ more.
Like you have said before it’s hard to stop something when you have rent to pay. Luckily most of us will have a good proportion on the 3 year 22.50 deal. But again as you say it would cost BS to stop as well.
 

Brisel

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Location
Dorset
Spraying a fifth of my farm every week certainly does clash with my cereal spraying and fert workload. Probably an opportunity to spray less and use more expensive beet herbicides but the virus yellows situation isn’t going to help reduce sprayer passes.
Fair enough. So, if you didn't grow beet at £17, what else would you do that made money and didn't affect your workload as much? More of your other crops/break crops?
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
For those who have contracts at £22.5o, can you sell those back to British sugar for a fiver a ton now, or have another grower sell you their c beet for £18 a ton and take a profit now?
 

farmerfred86

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Location
Suffolk
The price is one thing. The loss of neo-nics is serious though and means it’s unlikley to be viable below £20.
Look at OSR - it’s taken growers a few years but this year has been the last straw for a huge majority. Feels like beet could go the same way.
It’s actually the global sugar issue that is dictating this... not domestic.
 

Brisel

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Location
Dorset
Whatever you like. Perhaps I shouldn't be promoting any kind of sympathy for BS!

Only that world sugar prices are down even adjusting for the weaker £
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alomy75

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The price won’t be known internally yet. Usually just before Cereals. If the surplus price is 15 I can’t see the actual price being 17
 

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World Food Day: NFU Cymru celebrates Welsh food producers at the Senedd

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Cymru members and Assembly Members have been celebrating the role that Welsh farmers play in producing nutritious, high quality, safe affordable food during an event at the Senedd today on World Food Day (October 16).

The lunchtime event, which was sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, included a special menu of fine Welsh produce.

Speaking at the event, NFU Cymru...
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