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.
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.
Suiker Unie recently opened a demonstration plant in Dinteloord to extract vegetable proteins from beet leaves according to local press reports.
Sugar beet varieties resistant to virus yellows could be available to growers within three years – helping to secure the viability of the crop without neonicotinoid seed treatments, according to the local Farmer’s Weekly.
Sugar beet acreage in Germany is down by 2.8% to about 379,000 hectares this year, according to the WVZ German sugar industry association.
Increased levels of mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEA) were detected in beet harvested during the 2018 campaign. Although there are no legal limits for sugar beet pulp with regard to this parameter, the load in the raw material could result in exceeding the EU guideline values for compound feed (eg piglet feed: 0.1 mg / kg) in the processed product.
Following the ban on the use of neonicotinoids in EU announced last April, the number of countries resorting to emergency measure to restore their use is growing as there are no effective alternative insecticides. Recently, Belgium has temporarily allowed the use of some neonicotinoids from mid-February 2019 until mid-June 2019.
The Government has rejected an appeal by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) for an exemption to the ban of the use of neonicotinoids as a seed treatment for sugar beet next year.