Sugar beet© David Jones
There is a future for sugar beet without neonicotinoid seed treatments, although growers will have to monitor their crops more closely and use other methods of pest control. If the current ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments is extended to all crops, the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) is starting to look at alternative strategies for controlling virus yellows-transmitting aphids, leaf miner and a range of soil-borne pests. “Currently, we can control fifteen pests in sugar beet with the use of […]