Haydn sugar beet seed from Strube, is yet again one of the UK’s most popular, rhizomania-resistant sugar beet varieties making up 10% of the 2018 UK National crop area. It provides all the characteristics that help to deliver a dependable and profitable sugar beet crop.
Haydn is a high-value sugar beet with the appeal of proven high yields, the merit of a good sugar content and some of the lowest bolting available from both early and normal sowings. Add to this excellent establishment, large healthy tops that cover the ground quickly and you have a handsome variety.
Analysis of the BBRO/BSPB 2020 Recommended List and the three years’ of data behind it shows that Haydn is well placed for the key combination of high yield and high sugar content. In 2017, Haydn made up 20% of the record-breaking UK sugar beet crop with many massive yields reported across the country.
Haydn has achieved excellent trial results consistently over the last three years, with trial seed being taken from very large tonnages of commercial bulks, rather than it’s performance being derived from a few kilos of seed used for new varieties. It is this reliable performance across a range of seasons and conditions that has ensured Haydn’s continuing popularity as a cornerstone of many growers seed selection. Haydn can be relied upon to deliver on its promise.
Bolters are unsightly and costly, both in terms of their control and their effect in the crop. Some growers, who take bolters seriously, last year spent up to £200 /ha. controlling bolters in their sugar beet crops.
Good bolting resistance gives you more flexibility at the start of the season. It is well established that the best yields can come from crops drilled in the first few weeks of March. Without good bolting resistance growers can find they have to wait too long to make a start on drilling, losing time, yield and money. The potential of the crop can decrease by up to a tonne per hectare for every day that drilling is delayed beyond the middle of March.
Many growers want at least one variety in their selection which they can safely drill as soon as conditions allow without giving themselves a problem with masses of bolters. Varieties such as Haydn have consistently shown the some of the lowest levels of bolting from both early and normal sowings, and this is one of the reasons for their remarkable and enduring popularity.
The biggest differences to be found on the Recommended List are in the levels of early and normal sown bolters. While there are differences of just a few percentage points in yield, the differences in the levels of bolters are up to 600%. And worryingly, the levels of both early & normal sown bolters have been creeping up. Many are just unacceptable. Those deemed unsuitable for sowing before March 15th are flagged on the Recommended List with a # mark.
With good resistance to bolting, earlier sown crops grow strongly and achieve the early leaf cover which boosts sugar yields, without the unwanted work of pulling bolters in the summer months.
In the last three years of official trials (2015-2017), Haydn has produced some of the lowest numbers of bolters from both the early and normal sowings of any variety available. With Haydn, you can drill early with more confidence and look forward to the yield benefit. The ability to drill the sugar beet crop early can make a 10% difference to the final yield. However, to have the flexibility to drill early as conditions sensibly allow, it is essential to select varieties that are as bolting resistant as possible.
If you wish to manage the risk of bolting and avoid the hazard of a sore back in the summer months from pulling bolters, choosing a more bolting resistant variety, like Haydn, is a good start.
Haydn enjoys excellent sugar content. Remember, 0.1% increase in sugar content delivers a 0.5% increased return and improved transport efficiency. In fact, the old rule-of-thumb indicated that a 1% higher sugar content meant that you are 10% better off. Maximising the amount of sugar on every load of sugar beet leaving your farm is obviously a sensible and desirable objective, and a high sugar content reflects directly in income, as years like 2016 demonstrated only too clearly.
Download the latest Strube Haydn Variety Guide by clicking here.
If you would like to know more about Strube UK’s sugar beet varieties, then please do not hesitate to contact the Strube UK team. Alternatively, you can contact us by calling Mark at our Newmarket office on (07850 369773 or email him here.
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