Sugar beet price shoots up - but not all Suffolk farmers are won over

East Anglian Daily Times
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Farmers have triumphed in a long and bitter row over sugar beet prices — after clinching a far better deal for the crop next year as commodity prices soar. Growers will see a significant 33% jump in prices in 2022 after the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar reached agreement on a one-year contract from 2022. But it appears a much sweeter £27/tonne deal for next year’s beet harvest compared to £20.30/t this year won’t entice all growers. Two years of hellish conditions in the fields in 2019 and 2020 haven’t helped. A number dropped the crop completely from their rotations last year after reaching the end of their tether over a number of issues — from disease and soil damage to logistical problems and low prices.
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