An insight into the world of sugar beet production in the UK, hosted by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO). This monthly production provides an overview of the industry with timely updates and future forecasts to support sugar beet growers. Hear from BBRO scientists and the field team, plus grower updates and industry comment.
BeetCast (September): Prospects for the sugar beet crop in light of low disease levels.
With one type of harvest likely to roll straight into another we meet up with Prof Mark Stevens to assess the levels of virus and foliar disease in the sugar beet crop. Low levels of infection bodes well for those able to leave the crop in the ground a little bit longer, making the most of any late growth.
BeetCast (August): Who has been crowned the Champion Beet Grower of 2020?
Whilst most of us want to forget the 2020 beet crop, four growers did well in the face of adversity and have just been announced as the factory winners of the Beet Yield Challenge. Hear how they achieved it and who of the four (Will Baker â€“ Newark, Will Sands â€“ Cantley, Jonathan Quail â€“ Wissington and the Hitchcock family â€“ Bury) has been awarded Champion Beet Grower of 2020.
BeetCast (July): Insight into BeetField21 discussions
We join some of the BBRO Team at BeetField21 and listen to discussions ranging from irrigation, drought resistance, variety choice, virus and aphid control, plus an update on the Beet Yield Challenge.
BeetCast (June): Pushing boundaries with barley and weed control
Join us at Morley Farms with farm manager David Jones and BBROâ€™s Head of Operations Stephen Aldis; checking on our under-sown barley work and discussing weed control.
BeetCast (May): Varieties in action: A growers view
Drilling complete at BBRO Demo Farms and preparation underway for the summer events. We meet site host, grower Bill Legge at Wallington Hall to discuss how he selects his varieties and what he is hoping to gain from having the BBRO team 'on-farm'.
BeetCast (April) - 2022 RL sees first virus tolerant variety released.
The 2022 RL is now available (https://bbro.co.uk/sugar-beet-varieties/recommended-list/). Mike May and Dr Vicky Foster reflect on the release and the use of the first Beet mild yellowing virus tolerant variety.