International Sugar Journal

Sugar beet: A complement to sugar cane for sugar and ethanol production in tropical and subtropical areas † [Full subscriber]

Twenty years ago, it would have been considered impossible growing sugar beet in tropical regions. The climate and the lack of know-how of local farmers were all limiting factors for the sugar beet crop. But times have changed, thanks to sugar beet seed breeders such as SESVanderHave. Significant efforts have been recently done to introduce sugar beet in regions where it has now a limited presence as a commercial crop. In field trials in India during 2007-2009 at ten sites beet yields of between 68 t and 106 t/ha was achieved with sucrose content of 20% on average. However, perhaps…

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