International Sugar Journal

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”.

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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.

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UK – Sugar beet growers get emergency authorisation for the neonic acetamiprid [Full subscriber]

Health and Safety Executive has issued emergency authorisation for the use of InSyst (acetamiprid) on sugar beet following an application by the NFU and British Sugar.

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EU – Court dismisses Bayer’s appeal to lift ban on neonicotinoids [Full subscriber]

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.

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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.

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UK – Neonics will not be applied to the 2021 sugar beet crop [Full subscriber]

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.

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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.

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UK – Sugar beet growers secure the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed in 2021 [Full subscriber]

The government has approved an emergency application for sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoid-treated seed to combat virus yellows in 2021.

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Serbia – Sunoko opens €1 million sugar beet production R&D centre [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK – 2020/21 sugar output down by over 24% from virus yellow-hit beet crop [Full subscriber]

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.

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