Effective weed control to protect investment in sugar beet

Effective early season weed control in sugar beet is essential, explains Adama UK herbicides technical specialist, Dr Bill Lankford – especially as an effective herbicide programme can deliver a 10–20% improvement in yield.

British Sugar secures £660k funding to work on resistance against virus yellows 

A governmental financial boost along with British Sugar’s own funding will ensure further research into how gene editing can be used to benefit the British sugar beet crop. 

Emergency approval granted to use prohibited neonicotinoid on 2024 sugar beet crop 

Sugar beet farmers have been conditionally granted an emergency authorisation to use Cruiser SB to protect their beets against virus yellows.

‘Fly-tipped’ sugar beet removed from Suffolk road

Suffolk Highways came under criticism on social media after it referred to a large amount of sugar beet being ‘fly-tipped’ on a road in Ipswich. It’s thought a local farmer was forced to store the beet there due to waterlogged land following recent flooding.

Price finally agreed for 2024/25 sugar beet crop

British Sugar and NFU Sugar have agreed a deal after weeks of intense negotiations, with particular contention over the futures linked contract.

Sugar beet update from inside the Wissington factory

British Sugar’s Wissington factory opened its doors to press at the end of November, providing an update on this year’s campaign and work being done to tackle virus yellows and carbon emissions – as well as answering questions on next year’s beet contracts. Sarah Kidby reports.

Sugar beet negotiations fail to reach an agreement

Intense negotiations between British Sugar and NFU Sugar over next year’s beet contract have reached an impasse, meaning they will now move to arbitration.

Raw cane sugar ATQ will not be expanded this year

Allowing tariff-free access to sugar from any country would undercut the UK’s sugar beet sector, NFU warns.

British Sugar pauses contracting and seed ordering

Negotiations between British Sugar and NFU Sugar will now recommence after reaching an impasse earlier this month.

Flooded fields and the impact on waterlogged sugar beet crops

According to the BBRO’s latest bulletin in early November, poor harvesting conditions – with already wet soil continually being topped up by further rain – have led to slow and challenging harvest progress for many, with operators having to be selective in where they can travel and constantly having to change harvesting plans.

British Sugar reveals contract offer for 2024/25

British Sugar has today (1st November) contacted its 2,300 sugar beet growers with details of its contract offer for the 2024-25 growing season.

Transporting sugar beet safely – guidance on the rules

With the British sugar beet campaign well and truly underway, many farmers and haulage companies are now transporting sugar beet to the factories. Keeping farmers and industry workers safe is a key topic right now – here are some important things to consider regarding trailer load safety and security.

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