Complete: The effect of paper pulp on the beet crop

Timescale: 2011 - 2013
Project Lead: E Burks, E Ober and P Chambers
Project Sponsor: BBRO

Project Summary

Landfill is becoming increasingly expensive. This project assessed the impact of the use of paper pulp on sugar beet .

Outcomes / Key Message For Growers And Industry

  1. The application of paper pulp had no effect on;


Plant establishment

Plant population

Plant growth and appearance

Nitrogen requirements

Adjusted root yields

  1. No extra nitrogen was required when beet was grown following paper pulp application
  2. No benefits of paper pulp on the growth or quality of sugar beet were evident
  3. Additional nitrogen application (permitted following paper pulp application) did affect beet yield and quality.



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