22 September 1995

Extra time for droughty sugar beet

SUGAR BEET crops have been given extra growing time to put on growth lost during the summers long drought.

The move will see British Sugar factory gates remain closed until "at least October 2", a spokesman said earlier this week.

BSs earlier hope that deep tap roots, a good spring and early drilling would see most crops through (Arable, 25 Aug) now appears to have been dashed.

Sugar struggle

Test digs last week showed average sugar content per root had struggled to just 87g, well down on the previous years 96g and almost a fifth lower than the five-year average of 106g.

&#8226 Despite powdery mildew and rust persisting in many sugar beet crops it is no longer likely to be worth spraying for the diseases, says ADAS.