• Sugar beet being drilled with Strube UK's pasteur sugar beet seeds

Sugar Beet: The Best Bolting Resistance

Sugar Beet Bolting Resistance in action from Strube UK

Strube UK Sugar Beet – The Best Bolting Resistance

In the last three years of UK official sugar beet trials, Strube UK’s varieties have shown the best bolting resistance levels of all the varieties on the BBRO/BSPB Recommended and Descriptive Lists. It is well known within the sugar beet industry that the ability to drill the sugar beet crop early can make a very significant difference to the final yield and, to have the flexibility to drill as early as conditions will sensibly allow, it is essential to select varieties that have the best bolting resistance.

Strube UK’s Sugar Beet Varieties

On the 2017 BBRO/BSPB Recommended List of Sugar Beet varieties, both Strube UK’s Pasteur and Haydn look very well-placed for bolting resistance as you can see below:

Early sown bolters:

Haydn has produced the lowest number of bolters from early sowings with Pasteur in second place. Whilst differences in other parts of the List may be small, in bolting Haydn has 6 times fewer bolters than the weakest variety, or, to put it another way, the weakest rhizomania tolerant variety produced 600% more bolters than Haydn when sown early.

Early Sown Sugar Beet Bolters

Bolters/ha. from Early Sowings at 100k plants/ha.

Normal sown bolters:

Haydn has produced no bolters from normal sowings in the last three years of trials. The variety with the weakest resistance to bolting has, by contrast, produced 91 bolters per hectare – even at normal sowings. Pasteur is also well-placed.

Mean Normal Sown Bolters per 100,000 plants 2013-2015

Bolters/ha. from Normal Sowings at 100k plants/ha.

On the BBRO/BSPB 2017 Descriptive List of Sugar Beet varieties, Strube’s Thor has the lowest bolting of all BCN tolerant varieties from early sowings and is the only nematode tolerant variety suitable for early drilling.

As one famous, now-retired British Sugar fieldsman once told me, “Most sugar beet growers have enough bolters without wanting any more!”  And as a rider to that he added, “And they have better things to be doing in July and August than pulling bolters!”

Like Some More Help Choosing Your Sugar Beet Varieties

If you would like some more advice on which sugar beet varieties to plant, then please do not hesitate to contact the Strube UK team.  Alternatively you can contact us by calling Richard at our Fakenham office on (01328) 851572 or by emailing him by clicking here