18 January 2002

Fodder beet trials are still going on

FODDER beet trials are continuing, despite the Fodder Beet Descriptive list no longer being published.

Advanta Seeds is running trials of the crop at Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, using the same protocols used for the descriptive list, says root seed product manager Martin Titley.

"Last year we trialled 45 varieties evaluating factors including dry matter yield, percentage of root in the ground, dirt tare and emergence. We also check for speed of emergence, root shape and colour."

Copies of the 2001 fodder beet trial data are available from Advanta (01529-304511). &#42