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View our weed update with Pam Chambers (British Sugar) below:
Did you miss it? No problem, view the presentations here or check out the Advisory Bulletin special Part 1
Soils and carbon monitoring. BeetTech23 Part 2 - Advisory Bulletin highlights
Fungicide special from two of our PhD students.
Missed our BeetTech22 events? No problem, catch up via the videos below. Also watch out for the list of questions and answers that we will be releasing shortly. Whilst we covered many questions there were still a few that we could not fit in the time allocated. Sit back and enjoy!
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Virtual tour of BBRO RL variety strips
If you missed our autumn RL specials, don't worry you can catch up on some of the discussions here.
Summer 21 Events
It was great to be able to catch up with growers in June, though we were of course disappointed that attendee numbers had to be limited. However, if you missed the events catch up on some of the discussions on our July BeetCast and via the video below:
Listen to the grower Q&A session and watch the video releases relating to the start of 2021 season.
In early November, a few growers managed to visit our Bridgham Box Trials.
Unfortunately the events were curtailed, so we have released a video to cover all the topics of discussion and a virtual tour of the trials - Virus Yellows: Trials and tribulations
Beetfield20 Virtually Live Event
Watch the final part of BeetField20 Virtually Live. Throughout the week growers and industry supporters have submitted their questions for the BBRO team to answer. A full list of all questions and answers can be found HERE.
What were the topics most of interest and what work are BBRO undertaking to safeguard the future of sugar beet in the UK? Listen to the presentation below.
View the last in our series of four short presentations: Putting the ABC (aphids, beneficials and control) into IPM
Once again Virus Yellows has become the biggest threat to the future of the UK sugar beet industry following a series of mild winters encouraging the survival of the virus vectors combined with a decreasing range of plant protection products, so how concerned should growers be? Prof Mark Stevens explains the work of BBRO in combating this virus complex and introduces tools that could help manage your crop to decrease primary infection and secondary spread.
View the third of our series of four short presentations: Soil management and crop nutrition.
In this session Stephen Aldis explains that when it comes to soil management ‘it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it’ that really counts and that is down to forethought and planning. And whilst good establishment will come from a good seed bed, Stephen will also give you an insight into year 2 of our plastic covering trial, where we investigate the impact on crop growth. Simon Bowen will also share some thoughts about improving the resilience of soils to dry spring conditions. Can the addition of organic amendments increase workability and tilth. Additionally, is there a role for foliar feeding crops which are struggling in poor and dry seedbeds?
View the second in our series of four short presentations: Varietal traits: Pest and disease resistance and drought tolerance.
Managing pests and diseases with decreasing armoury and increasing climatic change may seem like a big hill to climb. However, could varietal traits provide the key to unlock a bright future for sugar beet. Dr Alistair Wright is joined by PhD student, (and soon to be BBRO employee) Georgina Barratt to explain how innovative approaches are advancing their search for variety resistance and drought tolerance.
View the first in our series of four short presentations: RL 2021 varieties and Conviso technology. There are a number of aspects to choosing your varieties. Hear a brief overview of 2021 varieties from RL Board Chairman, Mike May, followed by an update on Conviso technology from Dr Sarah Cook (ADAS), before hearing Dr Simon Bowen explaining why growers need to think about the variety that is right for their farm and their management plan.
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Thanks to all those that attended the BBRO BeetTech20 events. Two fantastic events packed with the latest info and a bit of fun from the BBRO team and supporters. Missed it?
Catch up here.
Vicky kicked off the 2020 events with a warm welcome to guests and an overview of BBRO activities and future actions
Prof. Steve Dorling set the scene for the BBRO BeetTech20 Conference explaining how the recent and forecast changes to the UK weather pattern could impact on agriculture
Do you know if the different traits of your chosen varieties will add to your yield potential? Does canopy structure or disease ratings really make a difference? Simon explains the work currently being undertaken by BBRO and what this could mean for growers.
The autumn of 2019 reaped havoc for many in the sugar beet growers, with many having to harvest in less than ideal conditions. With the drilling season soon to be upon us, Stephen talks about managing your soil to mitigate the damage and create a good seed bed for the season ahead.
Mark is the guru to speak to when it comes to sugar beet pests and diseases. Here he explains what we might see more of as the climate changes and some of the potential positives for the sugar beet crop - as long as careful management is applied.
Georgina is in her last year of PhD study, bringing to the platform her 'Bountiful' knowledge on leaf stomata, water and carbon uptake.
We've all heard the word 'benchmarking' being bandied about. Many have found it a powerful tool to compare one year's growth against another but how about comparing your sugar beet crop to others. BBROplus is a new section on the BBRO website open to growers and it includes an easy to implement tool that allows growers to benchmark their yields against previous performance and against others. How do you fair?
Can you tell your virus from your deficiency? Take part in Simon's Shades of Yellow quiz and see how well you know your beet crop and potential issues.
2019 was a bit of a landmark year for sugar beet and virus management. Following the loss of neonic seed treatments the industry rallied together to monitor aphid migration and assist in the control of virus spread.
Dr Alistair Wright has been instrumental in the planning and delivery of one of BBRO's largest and most important trials to date - Goliath. This trial investigated the impact of virus yellows across a number of existing and new varieties. The view from the provides a stunning view of the progression of the virus and some clear glimmers of hope in finding resistant material.