International Sugar Journal

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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UK- Breakthrough in developing yellow-virus resistant sugar beet varieties [Full subscriber]

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.

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Germany – Sugar beet acreage down by 3% [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK – Beet growers granted emergency authorization to use neonic thiacloprid against aphids [Full subscriber]

Beet growers have been granted the 120-day emergency authorisation for the use of Biscaya (thiacloprid) against peach-potato aphids to prevent virus yellows infection. The special permission expires on 15 August.

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Germany – High levels of zearalenone found in 2018 beet crop [Registered]

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.

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Belgium secures the use of nenoics in sugar beet [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK – Govt rejects plea for the use of neonics in sugar beet [Registered]

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.

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