Beet rejections at record low

7 February 1997

Beet rejections at record low

SUGAR beet rejections are running at an all-time low this season, reflecting good management by growers, says British Sugar.

Just 30 loads have been rejected so far for frost damage across the whole country, says agricultural director Chris Carter. That has made "no significant blip" to the overall 0.15% rejection figure, or 1 in 700 deliveries, he adds. "Its the lowest figure Ive seen."

Most of the 420,000t – about 5% of the crop – which was in the ground a month ago has been lifted and delivered, says Mr Carter. "We only lifted that which we could process immediately. We are going to get virtually everything in."

Frost damaged clamps have been skimmed and delivered too. Sugar content on delivered beet is falling by just 0.1%/week, demonstrating the highest level of store management and protection, he says.

James Ringer had 25ha (62 acres) of beet to lift at Rudham Grange, near Kings Lynn, after the freeze. Part was lifted a fortnight ago, the rest last week. All was processed without trouble. "We didnt store it for more than two days."

At Highfields, Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, John Savory has lifted all his remaining 8ha (25 acres). Half was lifted in mid-January, with no rejections. The rest was lifted last Friday, and delivered this week, in line with advice.

Beet is leaving Huffer Bros Beverley Farm, Steeple Morden, Cambs, at the rate of just one load a week. It will be the end of February before all 280t has gone, but quality remains good, thanks to careful straw covering.

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