International Sugar Journal

Sugar beet: Frequently asked questions by beet growers in the UK [Full subscriber]

Abstract There are a number of questions about the sugar beet crop that are frequently asked by UK growers and agronomists. This article addresses four of these questions by looking at the underpinning science. Firstly, the article considers whether the current recommendations for nitrogen fertiliser are suitable for today’s high yielding crops. The relationships between nitrogen uptake, canopy expansion and sugar yield are highlighted to address this question. Secondly, the article considers the yield of UK sugar beet crops in relation to other EU countries, utilising a modelling approach to explain differences in yield potential between countries. Thirdly, it uses…

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