Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies Ltd, both supplies the full range of beet inputs and provides a full crop walking agronomy service which is vital to growing a successful crop of beet. In dealing with both the tillage sector and dairy sector we have an advantage that we can source quality beet and supply this to the dairy / livestock sector.
Beet is a high yielding fodder crop grown widely in the Munster area. Beet offers high fresh weight yields grown on good free draining soils. Planting starts from mid March onwards with the aim to have row closure by the longest day of the year to maximize sunlight interception. To get to this point it is vital to have the correct weed control / nutrient programme. Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies Ltd team of experts can help you to achieve this.
Depending on end use, both beets are an excellent forage crops, with fodder beet been slightly higher fresh weight yield but sugar beet been the higher quality, see table below. As beet is a low protein forage, it is important to always balance diets.
On an annual basic Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies Ltd pick the top varieties from breeders / suppliers to match the growers needs whether it be high dry matter sugar beet or big yielding fodders beets. We have the variety for you.
Blizzard has the potential to produce very high dry matter yields. Blizzard’s characteristics make it ideal for harvesting with Sugar Beet machinery and with its high dry matter content allows growers extra harvesting flexibility. It will produce a very palatable feed, best fed to dairy or beef animals because of the high DM content.
October to March Varieties with higher % roots in the ground also have higher dirt tares. The higher the dry matter, the deeper the beet sits in the ground and the more frost resistant.
The tops of the Magnum Fodder Beet can be utilised if required to boost the total fodder output ever further. The roots tend to be lifted and stored how ever some farmers have strip grazed certain varieties with dairy cows successfully.
High dry matter yield and good % out of the ground with the added insurance of Rhizomania resistance.
Resistant to Rhizomania. Has a good dry matter content (17.9%) Beet are clean and easily harvestable with appox 60% of root in ground.
Enermax has white root colour and is a variety based on the well-known fodder beet Magnum. The yield of dry matter in the root of Enermax is around 10 % higher compared to Magnum, but yield of top is slightly lower. Enermax is resistant against the disease Rhizomania.
Enermax has a very smooth root. The consequence is a very low dirt tare and the soil on the root when lifted falls off easily. Enermax is placed relatively high in the ground.
Rosalinda is a very high yielding variety. It also has the best disease combination of any variety – seven for rust and nine for powdery mildew . It has moderate bolting resistance, for early sown crops.
Festina out yielded the white fodder beet varieties and the other sugar beet varieties in the trial by 5-10%. The seed cost is higher than for fodder beet varieties but it is more than repaid with the extra root yield. Due to the high dry matter level it will tolerate freezing temperatures better than fodder beet varieties. Festina is available with standard TMTD (methiocarb) dressing or with Gaucho.
For more agronomy information and seed selection please contact our Team of experts.