Sugar Beet Variety Selection
Sugar beet variety selection is not necessarily all about yield and output. Other characters such as bolting, establishment, disease resistance and seed price can all make a real difference to costs and margins and are worth taking into consideration.
High yield and stability of performance are the main criteria for selecting a sugar beet variety, but be aware of the provenance of yield figures. “Proven in commerce” is a significant value. Look for varieties in the Fully Recommended segment of the Recommended List with an “R” status, or “R(C)” indicating that they are a Control variety.
Low Bolting: Bolters are bad news – unsightly, costly to remove, time consuming and a threat to yield. The biggest differences on the Recommended List are still to be found in the levels of early and normal-sown bolting.
Seed Price: There are differences of up to nearly 25% between varieties in terms of sugar beet seed price and a higher price is no guarantee of higher yield.
Canopy: A good full leaf cover can exclude late emerging weeds and cover the ground to prevent wheat bulb fly laying eggs in July and August.
Genetics: If selecting a range of varieties it may be beneficial to make selections of material from different genetic backgrounds.
Like Some More Help With Your Sugar Beet Selection?
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