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.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to assess a number of emergency authorisations granted by the EU Member States for the use of neonicotinoids in sugar beet in 2020.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.