Soil Matters

Sugar beet is very sensitive to poor soil structure, making the assessment of soil structure key to making improvements as well as monitoring the affect of any changes in soil management. To carry out your own Soil Health Socrecard, please see video and link at the bottom of the page.


BBRO is a co-funder of the Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership which is a five-year project (2017-2021) to deliver the latest knowledge and finding on soil biology and soil health.

Soil health and quality are the foundation of high performing sugar beet crops. The ability of soils to drive rapid plant establishment and canopy growth, then sustain canopy persistence and photosynthesis throughout the long UK growing season are key to unlocking yield potential.

Additionally, the resilience of the soil to extreme weather events (both wet and dry) to promote growth under pest and disease pressures are vital to ensuing consistent and competitive yield performance of the UK crop.

Please follow this link to helpful support tool from AHDB

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