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  • US conference report

    New varietiesfor 2014

    BBRO programmeand open days

    BRITISHsugar beet review

    SUMMER 2013 volume 81 no. 2

    www.beetreview.co.uk

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  • W W W . S E S V A N D E R H A V E . C O M

    TO THE POINT DELIVERING HIGHER YIELDS

    Not to put too fi ne a point on it, Stingray is the highest yielding variety available on the 2014 BBRO Recommended List.* An excellent pedigree with lower bolting, it is the variety others look up to.*Source BBRO 2014 recommended list - Full data set at www.bbro.co.uk

    SESVANDERHAVE UK LIMITED Grantham Road, Wellingore, Lincoln, LN5 0HH, UK

    STINGRAY

    13/2/IFC/01

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  • SUMMER 2013 volume 81 no. 2 BRITISH sugar beet review 1

    contents

    The British Sugar Beet Review is publishedquarterly in March (spring), June (summer),September (autumn) and December (winter).It is sent to all sugar beet growers in the UKand is funded jointly by growers and BritishSugar plc as part of the British Beet ResearchOrganisation education programme. Neitherthe editor, nor British Sugar plc, is necessarilyin agreement with opinions expressed in thisjournal. No responsibility is accepted forstatements contained in advertisements. Copyright is only by permission of theeditor and charges may be applicable.Published images are copyright of this journalunless stated otherwise.

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    Published jointly by British Sugar plc &The British Beet Research Organisation

    BRITISHsugar beet review

    Editor:Robin Limb

    Production Editor:Denise Chandler

    Editorial Committee:

    Ruth Digby,National Farmers Union

    Mike May,Independent Consultant

    Dr. Mark Stevens,British Beet Research

    Organisation

    Colin Walters,British Sugar

    Dr. John King,Independent Consultant

    Latest sugar beet newsfrom USA ASSBTconference report 36Philip Draycott reports back from the AmericanSociety of Sugar Beet Technologists conference inLos Angeles, and visits the Imperial Valley where onegrower holds the world beet sugar record yield.

    From Zero to 28,000 tonnes 40Brian Hammond and Philip Ecclestone recount howsugar beet has grown from nothing to become amainstay of the arable rotation on one Lincolnshirefarm.

    The bolting model in practice 43George Milford explains how the theoretical modelpredicting bolting patterns in modern varieties canbe used in practice to help with planning andcontrol measures.

    The sugar beet genomesequence new traits andelite varieties 46Belinda Townsend of Rothamsted Research gives usan insight into the progress being made inunderstanding the genetics of sugar beet, and thebenefits this may bring in the future.

    The sustainability of thesugar beet crop thepotential to add value 49Wayne Martindale provides a roadmap for thefuture sustainability of the sugar beet crop,highlighting the success story so far and whatmore needs to be done in the future.

    A new training course inAdvanced Sugar BeetTechnology 53Eric Ober of Rothamsted Research announces anew course aimed at providing industry experts andadvisers with the latest information on cropmanagement and agronomy.

    BEET-A 54Adrian Boor and Wayne Tonge report on theirexperience of the BASIS course on environmentalmanagement which seeks to integrate best practicein the treatment of habitat and wildlife on our farms.

    Cover picture: Courtesy of Tim Scrivener, Agriphoto

    BBRO Open Days 2013 14Andy Stocking provides a roundup of the BBROSummer Open Days, which were attended by arecord number of growers and advisers.

    Wissington BBRO 4x4 yieldinitiative driving up sugarbeet yields 16Philip Ecclestone and colleagues from Wissingtonshowcase the work going on with individualgrowers to meet the challenge of the 4x4 Initiative.

    Sugar beet varieties for 2014 20Simon Kerr and Mark Stevens give an insight intothe latest varieties to be included on the 2014 BBRORecommended List, with top tips about what to lookfor when selecting next years seed.

    New format variety trials 28Mike May, RL Board Chairman explains the newapproach to variety trialing, aimed at deliveringmore consistent and uniform results from the annualtesting programme.

    Fungicides for 2013 30Mark Stevens presents a review of 2012 fungicidework and gives advice on how best to maximise thevalue of fungicides in 2013.

    Editorial 2

    News 58A review of the latest news and products.

    Factory news 62News and information from British Sugars factories.

    BBRO programme ofwork 2013/14 3Colin MacEwan, Head of BBRO, outlines the currentand future research projects which will feature inthe ongoing programme of work.

    Focus on Sugar IndustryProgramme BBRO 9Chris Wheatley, NFU Sugar Adviser, gives us aninsight into the SIP project and how the BBRO iscontributing to the training of future industryleaders.

    regulars

    features

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  • 2 BRITISH sugar beet review SUMMER 2013 volume 81 no. 2

    editorialMore than one swallow to make a summer...The long cold winter has extended its grip into what has become a very late spring, with ambient temperatures

    still hovering a degree or two below the long term mean. A protracted drilling season, with continued night frosts,

    high winds and variable moisture levels have all compounded to give less than ideal plant populations in many cases.

    A warm, wet summer would help recover some of the lost potential no doubt, but that is an aspiration at the

    present time.

    The summer issue of the British Sugar Beet Review is traditionally the springboard from which to launch the new

    BBRO Recommended List of varieties, and this year is no exception. Coinciding with the recent series of BBRO Open

    Days, which again attracted record attendances despite the changeable weather, we publish also the 2013 BBRO

    programme of work, which continues to deliver tremendous value-for-money to the UK beet industry.

    Further afield, we gain an insight into the US beet industry with a report on the recent ASSBT conference, glimpse

    what benefits sugar beet genome research may bring, and revisit the topic of sustainability and the part we can all

    play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Sugar Industry Programme, Advanced Sugar Beet Technology and

    BASIS BETA are also featured as great examples of how the industry is investing in training current and future

    generations of growers and advisers.

    I hope you enjoy this second issue of the Review in 2013 and on behalf of the editorial committee may I wish you

    every success in the coming year.

    Robin Limb Editor

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  • SUMMER 2013 volume 81 no. 2 BRITISH sugar beet review 3

    BBRO programmeof work 2013/14The BBRO programme of research contains a balance of on-going projects in core areas of work as well as newstudies, which we have identified and feel will support our continued drive to maximise yield. We have alsointroduced a new system where we examine proposals for research suggested by progressive growers. I haveoutlined below three of these look-see projects (non replicated trials), which we have set up to generatepreliminary data this year with a view to building a full research proposal for next year if the results are promising.As part of our new structure the BBRO is carrying out a number of these research projects with its own dedicatedteam. Currently work is aligned to 20 different programmes on 26 sites throughout the beet-growing region. Thefollowing is a summary of this work for 2013/14.

    ByColin MacEwan,

    Head of BBRO

    experiments proceeding under controlled temperatures willbe conducted, if facilities are available, so that preciseinformation can be obtained, minimising the guessworkinvolved in deciding if beet are irreversibly damaged, howmuch sugar might be lost and the speed that any losses mightoccur. The results from this project should provide afoundation of quantitative data on which to basemanagement decisions on the farm and in the factory whenhard frosts occur.

    11/09 Weed control systems efficacy and cost-effectiveness for broad-leaved weeds, black-grasscontrol and information provision for herbicides Gillian Champion and Ed Burks (BBRO)

    This project seeks to provide growers with comparativeinformation on the cost-effectiveness of the various herbicidesystems available and to determine the levels of weed controlrequired in modern high-yielding beet crops. The project alsoseeks to evaluate the weed control activity of a range oftreatments with the results used to update herbicideknowledge. This has become necessary as the formulations(and hence effectiveness) of common herbicides for beet havechanged as a result of EU legislation. Finally, part of theproject will also investigate levels of black-grass control thatcan be achieved in beet with herbicide programmescombining ACCase and non-ACCase herbicides that areapproved for beet. The aim is to optimise control of A

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