Unseasonally late frosts across much of France during the first week of April may have caused severe damage to some 10% of newly planted sugar beet crop which is likely to necessitate replanting.
France – 2020/21 campaign – Early indications show disastrous fall in sugar beet production from yellow virus infection [Full subscriber]
With the 2020/21 campaign underway, the French sugar beet research institute ITB says that nationally, beet yields will be down by 17% compared to the five-year average, dropping to 72 t/ha with the sugar content of 16%. This may be a conservative figure, according to local press reports.
French lawmakers approved on 6th October a draft bill allowing sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoids that were banned to protect honeybees. The National Assembly adopted the bill by 313 votes in favour and 158 against.
The French startup Qairos Energies says it plans to build a plant in Mareil-en-Champagne near Le Mans in northwestern France that will gasify hemp biomass into valuable products.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) authorized in late April the use of Teppeki (flonicamid) from the 2-leaf stage of beetroot to fight against the green aphids which cause virus yellows. The approval came following representations by the beet growers body CGB.
Sales of fuel ethanol is plummeting in France as travel restrictions has resulted in gasoline consumption dropping by more than 75% according to a statement from the French bioethanol industry group SNPAA.
Ethanol sale in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and wider availability in petrol stations, according to the French ethanol producer group SNPAA, reported Reuters.
France – Tereos invests €17 million in upgrading Connantre plant’s beet-washing station [Registered]
Tereos is investing €17 million in a new beet-washing station at its largest plant. Scheduled to be operational by 2021, the unit will support processing of 28,000 tonnes of beet a day, compared to 24,000 currently. The current washing station was built in 1975.
Germany’s sugar production is set to rise 1.6% on the year to 4.26 million tonnes in the 2019-20 (October-September) season according to the first crop estimate released on 10th September by the sugar industry association WVZ.
The French government has renewed for one year the state aid to La Réunion and Guadeloupe’s sugarcane-sugar sector to the sum of €38 million to compensate for the end of sugar production quotas in Oct 2017, according to the recent announcement by the Ministries of Agriculture and Overseas.