Know How / Sugar beet / Harvest and crop storage

As the beet harvest or lifting approaches, crop recovery and harvester losses are influenced by the weather, as well as by harvester and operator performance. Discover how to reduce both surface and root breakage losses, improve crowning and minimise sugar losses associated with surface damage and bruising.

See how to apply appropriate storage strategies and techniques help to minimise beet damage, reduce sugar losses and prevent crops deteriorating, whether stored in the field or in clamps.

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Beet chaser cuts sugar losses by 10% on Cambridgeshire farm

The addition of a sugar beet chaser bin to a Cambridgeshire farm’s harvesting and haulage fleet is allowing it to retain 10% of the sugar content usually lost through storage.…

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How to minimise sugar losses in beet clamps at harvest

Storing beet in the field or purpose-built clamps is a must for many growers where “just-in-time” harvest and delivery is not feasible. A recent shift to whole-beet delivery and more…


Guide to new rodenticide rules for livestock farmers

Changes in the law on rodenticides use means farmers have more options to tackle rats effectively this autumn. We discuss how the law changes affect farmers and offer practical tips…


How to minimise sugar beet harvest crop losses

The best sugar beet harvest operators can lift up to 9.5t/ha more crop from the ground by paying careful attention to ground conditions and the state harvested beet is in…


New rules for rodenticides explained

New rules for buying and using rodenticides means that farmers will now need a certificate of competence. The new requirements will be phased in over the next 12 months and…


Avoid last-minute grain store cleaning to prevent insect attack

Growers should not waste time in cleaning out their empty grain stores to avoid the build-up of damaging insect pests. With the grain price slump, some may still have a…


Top 10 ways to control rats on farm

Farmers need to strengthen their defences as rats prepare to make their annual migration from ditches and hedgerows to cosier accommodation among the farm buildings. Poison baits are the most…


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