Warning to beet growers
SUGAR beet growers tempted to increase second nitrogen applications due to recent rain should refrain, says IACR-Brooms Barns Mike May.
"Although we had a lot of rain, beet will still catch the seed-bed nitrogen," he says.
Second applications, to reach the British Sugar total recommendations, should be applied as soon as crops are fully emerged. *
BS total N advice
Fen peat 0
Deep/clay loams, heavy silts 60
Calcareous loam 100
All lighter soils 120