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Monitoring emerging threats from pests, diseases and weeds is vital to ensure sugar beet crops are able to reach their potential – as well... Better prices help fuel demand for precision beet hoe

Monitoring emerging threats from pests, diseases and weeds is vital to ensure sugar beet crops are able to reach their potential – as well as for selecting new genetics and seed treatments, says plant breeder SesVanderhave.

“One of the ways we achieve our objectives is by mirroring and anticipating changes to commercial practice in crop management,” says SesVanderhave technical manager Tim Giles, who says the  company operates an extensive UK trials network.

“Weed control is critical for all crops, and while sugar beet helps address grassweeds like blackgrass within the rotation, we need to consider potential resistance build-up as the products in the armoury become ever more restricted.”

The efficacy of available herbicides must be preserved to cope with climate change effects that may see invasive species emerging, says Mr Giles.
“You only have to look at how ragwort has spread across the country to see why.”

Increasing pressure

Combine this with increasing pressure to reduce agrochemical usage, hand-hoeing labour and machinery costs – and it was a natural step for SesVanderhave to invest in a Monosem precision hoe from Toucan.

“This addition to our equipment line-up will increase accuracy and working the soil is a proven way to stimulate rooting, help warm the soil, prevent capping and run-off when we get a deluge, explains Mr Giles.

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