In a report published by France’s National Health Security Agency (ANSES) on 2nd June, the central conclusion was that none of the alternatives to neonicotinoids for protecting sugar beet are effective “to reduce the levels of damage to an acceptable economic threshold”.
France – New beet washing station at Tereos’ Connantre plant – costing €17 million [Full subscriber]
A new sugar beet washing station was installed at Tereos’ Connantre plant on 17th and 18th May. Costing €17 million, it will be able to process 27,000 tonnes of beets per day – a record in France.
The European Union’s top court on May 6 upheld the EU’s partial ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on sugar beet plus other crops.
France – Late frosts likely to have severely damaged 10% of newly planted sugar beet [Full subscriber]
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.
The emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment to control virus yellows in sugar beet in the UK will not be triggered this season.
UK – Neonic derogation unlikely to be granted as cold spell hits aphid populations [Full subscriber]
Significant cold weather in January and February has increased the likelihood that the emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment to control virus yellows in sugar beet in the UK will not be triggered this season.
The government has approved an emergency application for sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoid-treated seed to combat virus yellows in 2021.
Serbian sugar producer Sunoko, part of diversified conglomerate MK Group, has opened an R&D centre for sugar beet production, the company said in a statement on 19th December.
With 2020/21 campaign in full swing, the sugar beet output is set to decline by 25%, mirroring similar fall in sugar production. The fall in output is largely due to the severe effect on yields from aphid-spread virus yellows disease, reported Farmers Weekly.