Hopes rise for sugar beet crop
PROSPECTS for sugar beet yields are promising this year, according to Brooms Barns Keith Jaggard, who has been inspecting the main UK growing areas from the air.
"We are seeing a very good crop on the whole, with yields expected to be above average," he says.
Dr Jaggard believes the most important contributor to this picture is that about 85% of the crop was drilled earlier than usual into good, warm seedbeds. Plants quickly covered the ground and since then there has been regular rainfall, especially in June, with no soil moisture deficit.
British Sugar planned to make its first trial digs earlier this week. It says Dr Jaggards report confirms its estimates, allowing for the area unlikely to perform to maximum potential because of delayed drilling. *