France’s Beet Plantings to Slump Despite Neonic Ban Lift

Friday, February 12, 2021
Stringent conditions attached to use of the neonics--including limits on planting certain alternative crops such as corn and rapeseed -- will prevent farmers from increasing beet acreage, according to Timothe Masson, agronomist at French growers association CGB. The group forecasts the crop acreage will slump by as much as 10%, to a 12-year low of 380,000 hectares, in the 2021-22 season starting in October. This compares with an acreage estimate of 400,000 hectares released by the French agriculture ministry earlier this week.
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