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Beet and cane [Full subscriber]

In 1977 Inman-Bamber noted that there was an interest in South Africa for growing sugar beet. Planting trials were conducted. Various diseases such as leaf spot, root rot and root knot affected the plants;   nematode infections also caused serious problems. The properties of the seeds from different varieties were important. The relatively high potential sucrose yields, ranging from 7 to 15 t/ha were encouraging for potential sugar beet production in Natal. There was little doubt that sugar beet requires much more attention for seed bed preparation, planting, weed and eelworm control, and lime application compared to many crops grown on…

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