Pest and disease risk in sugar beet could rise

Spackman, Paul
September 2006
Farmers Weekly;9/15/2006, Vol. 145 Issue 11, p57
Trade Publication
The article reports on the possible increase in pest and disease risk in sugar beets in Great Britain. The risks are aggravated by extra quota and tighter rotations for the crops. According to independent consultant Bob Symons, intensive growing of sugar beets will put more pressure on the crops. He mentions the problems posed by downy mildew and soil pests to crops. Plants infected by virus yellow can lose bulk and sugar throughout a season. INSET: CRUISER FORCE TAKES SOME BEATING.


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