International Sugar Journal

Potential biological control of sugar beet cyst nematode by the fungus Hyalorbilia aff. multiguttulata [Full subscriber]

In a recent study from plant pathologists at the University of California, Riverside, the researchers examined a soil fungus that parasitizes the nematode’s females and eggs. This fungus, Hyalorbilia aff. multiguttulata (formerly Dactylella oviparasitica), was originally shown to cause long-term suppression of cyst nematode populations in a field at the University of California Riverside’s Agricultural Operations

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USA – Pandemic-impacted lack of access to accurate weather forecasts hampering sugar beet harvest [Full subscriber]

With the 2020/21 campaign underway in the sugar beet belt, farmers, depending on accurate long-term forecasts to support harvesting operations are stifled by their relative inaccessibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to local press reports.

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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.

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UK – British Sugar deploys Rezatec’s remote sensing technology to optimise the supply of sugar beet

British Sugar recently announced that it will be exploiting Rezatec’s optical and radar satellite imagery to help plan the supply of sugar beet to its factories during harvest with greater efficiency.

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France eases ban on neonicotinoids to help beet growers [Full subscriber]

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.

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Ukraine – 2020/21 campaign – sugar beet acreage down by 5%, sugar output forecast to fall by 15% [Full subscriber]

For the 2020/21 campaign, sugar beet was sown on 209,000 hectares, some 5% less than in 2019, according to the National Association of Sugar Producers Ukrtsukor.

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France – ANSES approves the use of aphicide Teppeki on sugar beet [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK – Sugar beet growers granted the use of neonic Biscaya [Full subscriber]

Emergency Authorisation application from British Sugar and the National Farmers’ Union’s Sugar Board (NFU Sugar), supported by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), for the use of the neonic Biscaya on sugar beet in spring 2020 has been approved by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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USA – Over 58,000 ha of beet unharvested due to inclement weather [Full subscriber]

The sugar beet harvest as of Nov. 3 was the slowest on record since 2000, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in its Nov. 15 Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook. Rain and snow pelted crops in September and October. That was followed by a blizzard, and then warm temperatures that left fields a boggy mess. Next came a deep freeze, ruining the underground sugar beet crop, and dealing a harsh blow to farm incomes.

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Netherlands – Suiker Unie to source vegetable proteins from sugar beet leaf [Full subscriber]

Suiker Unie recently opened a demonstration plant in Dinteloord to extract vegetable proteins from beet leaves according to local press reports.

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