Farmers in France are disappointed with early sugar beet yields

Le Betteravier Français
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Farmers in France are disappointed that early sugar beet are not up to the expected level. The first sugar beet yields recorded have ranged from 25 t/ha to 95 t/ha, according to Ghislain Malatesta, director at the Beet Technical Institute (ITB). Organic sugar beet yields have ranged between 0 t/ ha (in case of too much grass weeds, the plot is not harvested) to 80 t/ha (at Artenay). As expected, the rains in early September have lowered the level of sugar content in the beet. As of 25th September, the average sugar content is 18.5 °S, estimates the CGB. While this rainfall can restart the plant's growth process and facilitate harvesting, it leads to a loss of yield for producers who have harvested early after the recent rain.
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