Beet weevil ravages plantations in Austria, 4,000 hectares have already been plowed

Sugar Beet
Published Jun 19, 2023

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Austrian beet growers can only stand idly by as Szarek komośnik (here called beet weevil) destroys their crops. Thousands of hectares of beets already had to be plowed, because they would not yield crops, reports the German portal Agrarheute. The plague of pests is the result of the fact that emergency authorizations for neonicotinoids in beet dressing have been banned in the EU since this year.

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The Austrian Growers' Association estimates that farmers have lost more than 10 percent of their beet area. About 4,000 of the 38,000 hectares where beets were sown were plowed. Around 2,500-3,000 ha have been replanted with beets, but these fields are also threatened by pests. Attempts to lure them with pheromone traps are unsuccessful. Farmers are doomed to carry out expensive spraying with insecticides on the entire plantation surfaces. The pest problem will increase Industry estimates say that every 60,000 tons of sugar could be produced from the lost crop acreage, which covers the annual needs of the inhabitants of Vienna. The growers' association stipulates that the losses may be much greater ...
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