International Sugar Journal

How to raise beet sugar yield substantially? † [Full subscriber]

One of the requirements of sustainable sugar beet production is profitability for the farmers. In response to a recent threat of sugar beet profitability on farm level caused by the decreasing beet prices, due to the reform of the European Union’s sugar regime, the Dutch sugar industry and sugar beet research institute IRS initiated the SUSY (Speeding Up Sugar Yield) project. During this project 52 farmers (26 ‘type top’ and 26 ‘type average’) participated from 2006 to 2008 in a pair study. Each pair consisted of a ‘type top’ and a ‘type average’ farmer. Pairs were located across the Netherlands…

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