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Growing sugar beet to limit the threat from pests, diseases and weeds and produce top yields needs expertise and timely use of the right inputs.

Find practical guidance and topical tips on maintaining canopy health, fine-tuning fertilisers and understanding variation, as well as achieving more of the potential yield.

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Long-term benefits of cover crops examined on Suffolk farm

Early destruction of cover crops is essential to allow a following spring crop to be successfully drilled and established, especially as these over-winter crops are tipped to become more important…


How a new entrant became an arable manager

David McLaughlan hasn’t taken the traditional route on his way to a management role at Bartlow Estate in Cambridgeshire, as he has no farming background or formal qualification in agriculture.…


Farm manager's drought action plan results in 15% yield lift

Simon Eddell has spent the past seven years looking to improve his light Suffolk soils to cope with summer droughts, and the result is healthier crops and wheat yields up…


Youngest-ever Duchy tenant switches to precision farming

Ally Hunter Blair is a young man in a hurry. The youngest-ever tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall farm is trying out new crops, embracing precision farming and working on…


How four arable farmers made their farms more resilient

Tough times are ahead after Brexit and having a more resilient cropping system will be the key to arable farms weathering the storms. Here we take a look at how four…


Sugar beet grower upbeat on yield despite dry summer

Cambridgeshire sugar beet grower Guy Wakeham is aiming for an ambitious yield target of 100t/ha – although his crop has to be lifted relatively early, by the end of November. His…

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Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…


How spraying bacteria can raise sugar beet yields

A desire to increase sugar beet yields while saving on inputs has seen Allpress Farms introduce rhizobia bacteria in the hope of making more efficient use of its peaty soils.…


How to get more from your on-farm crop trials

By taking some practical steps to trial design, one researcher believes farmers can improve the robustness of their tramline and split field trials, leading to more informed cropping decisions. In…


What the neonic seed treatment ban means for sugar beet

Next year’s sugar beet crop will be at greater risk from virus yellows, due to the loss of seed treatment control measures. This follows confirmation that the sale and supply…


How to manage disease in sugar beet crops

An Essex sugar beet grower hopes to recapture his high yielding ways and produce one of the UK’s top-yielding fields, by focusing on disease and weed control in the coming…


How to avoid losses from cercospora beet disease

Cercospora is a disease that effects all beet crops and causes havoc for growers in warmer growing regions, including the US Midwest and mainland European countries such as Germany, Austria…


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Key pesticide approval changes for barley and sugar beet

Pesticide approvals are constantly changing and the latest raft are set to affect farmers growing sugar beet and cereals for brewing and distilling. Highlights include more options for weed control…


7 essential arable farming apps

Whether it's looking up the nitrogen requirements for wheat on chalk or helping with the safe use of drones, there is a constant pipeline of smartphone apps promising to make…


Three product approvals set to benefit root crop growers

With many crop protection products under threat, it is welcome news that root crop growers are set to benefit from three new potential approvals over the next two years. Farmers…


How a neonic ban will affect beet and cereal growers

Sugar beet yields could be slashed by up to 30% if a total ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments is implemented, experts believe, as forgotten diseases reappear in Britain’s fields. Alan…


Why phosphate fertiliser use on crops may have to change

Current best-practice strategies for phosphate fertiliser use in arable crops are based on feeding the soil to feed the crop, rather than the crop. As a result, the guidance in…


Can sugar beet survive a future without neonicotinoids?

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…


Arable Horizons: Biocontrol - will holy grail be reality?

The use of sophisticated biological pest control methods in glasshouses has been a huge success story, helping growers of high-value crops reduce or even eliminate the use of chemical pesticides.…


Herbicide-tolerant crops have growing role in weed control

Herbicide-tolerant varieties could soon have a much bigger role on UK farms, bringing new tools and chemistry to growers who are battling troublesome weeds which are eating into profits. The…

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