3,000 hectares of Austrian sugar beet have already been lost

Sugar Beet
Published May 18, 2023

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Pest insects have already caused total damage to about ten percent of the sugar beet area this year. The situation therefore remains tense in Austria. The two pests of sugar beet, the beet flea and the beet cutworm, can no longer be properly controlled, even though the latter is active again. According to Markus Schöberl, the director of a sugar beet producer organization, the crop was completely damaged on 3,000-4,000 hectares by the middle of May this year. The beet worm is responsible for 90% of this, against which there is no longer an effective protection option due to the banning of a spray. Even one beetle per square meter can cause a complete loss. There are also other pests such as bugs and worms. Beet plants also grow more slowly in cool, rainy weather. In the affected areas, the use of pheromone traps is supported with 150 euros/ha. The application must be submitted in the neighboring country by the end of May. Recultivation of damaged beet fields still makes sense at ...
Source: AgroForum
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