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Beet weevil destroys thousands of hectares of Austrian sugar beets

Sugar Beet
Vegetables
Austria
Published Jun 19, 2023

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Pheromone traps, which beet growers in Austria have tried to control the pest in the absence of banned neonicotinoids, have not been successful. The beet weevil is hurting the Austrian sugar industry as neonicotinoids are now banned, writes Klaus Strothmann in an article published on Agrarheute.com: “Beet growers can only watch as a dangerous crop pest destroys the crop. Since this year in Austria, emergency permits for the use of neonicotinoids as a sugar beet defense have been banned throughout the EU, although there are still no effective alternatives, according to beet growers. As a result, this ban has now led to a massive spread of the beet weevil in Austria and to enormous damage. About 4,000 out of 38,000 ha of beet crops in Austria in the spring of 2023 were so badly damaged by the pest that they had to be plowed up.

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Pheromone traps, which beet growers in Austria have tried to control the pest in the absence of banned neonicotinoids, have not been successful. The beet weevil is hurting the Austrian sugar industry as neonicotinoids are now banned, writes Klaus Strothmann in an article published on Agrarheute.com: “Beet growers can only watch as a dangerous crop pest destroys the crop. Since this year in Austria, emergency permits for the use of neonicotinoids as a sugar beet defense have been banned throughout the EU, although there are still no effective alternatives, according to beet growers. As a result, this ban has now led to a massive spread of the beet weevil in Austria and to enormous damage. About 4,000 out of 38,000 ha of beet crops in Austria in the spring of 2023 were so badly damaged by the pest that they had to be plowed over. The Austrian Sugar Beet Growers Association estimates that around 3,000 ha have been sown again, but this replica is also threatened by weevils. Damage in ...
Source: Agroxxi
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