Sugar beet growers will be able to choose from 23 different varieties next season (compared with 21 this year), following seven new additions to the 2009 NIAB/ BBRO Recommended List.
Topping the list is the new rhizomania-resistant variety, Carissima, from KWS. It has an adjusted yield 1.6% higher than the next-best, Mandella – another (non-rhizo) variety from KWS – and almost 2% higher than existing traditional varieties Trinita, Alota and Opta.
Removed from the list were Harry, Kingston, Mars, Buxom, Miriam and Zanzibar.
A summary of the main variety characteristics can be seen in the table below. A full breakdown will appear in the spring edition of British Sugar’s Beet review magazine.
Key features of the new sugar beet varieties:
|Variety & Breeder||Adjusted tonnes (% of control)||Sugar content (%)||Bolters per 100 plants (early sowing)||Rust||Powdery mildew|
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