Sugar beet seed orders are due for return by next Friday [17 August], British Sugar is reminding growers. For yield, conventional varieties Trinita, Alota and Opta top the Recommended List, with adjusted yields 4-5% above Dominka and Cinderella.

Rhizomania-resistors Goya and Bullfinch are tops for yield in that sector, but British Sugar’s John Prince suggests only swapping when growers need to. “Yield potential is generally 1.5% better in conventional varieties.”