Several top sugar companies in France, UK and Germany have offered high prices for sugar beet to encourage them to stay in the sector and supply beet to their factories
Ukraine’s major beet sugar producer, Astarta, has completed sowing 33,000 hectares, almost the same acreage it sowed in 2021, reported Reuters.
Germany – WVZ lodges complaint with the EU against coupled payments for beet growers in some member states [Full subscriber]
The German sugar industry’s association Wirtschaftsvereinigung Zucker (WVZ), has lodged a complaint with the EU Commission against coupled payments for the cultivation of sugar beet enjoyed by growers in several countries in the EU.
Germany – Cultivars tolerant to Syndrome Basses Richesses disease to be introduced in 2022 [Registered]
The bacterial disease SBR (Syndrome Basses Richesses), spread by the leafhopper (Pentastridius leporinus), is prevalent in Germany and Switzerland. It can decrease beet yields by 45%. However, researchers from the NIKIZ project have identified several varieties with tolerance to SBR disease. Thus, several recommended varieties are expected to be available for beet growers in Germany in 2022.
COFCO Sugar recently announced that La Nina related extreme weather, which resulted in the sudden drop in temperature, caused severe damage to its sugar beet crop, according to its press release.
Sugar beet growers in Italy and Spain will be receiving financial support.
France – 5000 hectares of beet will have to be destroyed due to farmers spraying banned herbicides – supplied mistakenly [Full subscriber]
Around 300 farmers in the Marne and the Ardennes mostly will have to destroy 5000 hectares of sugar beet. This is due to farmers being supplied with herbicides – two batches – containing molecules that have been banned.
France – National agency admits that alternatives to neonicotinoids are not as effective in controlling aphids causing beet virus yellows
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.