Beet crops across the country should now have herbicide applications complete and as the season goes on nutrition and disease comes into focus.

Weed control was successful, following a careful programme throughout the dry weather. Residual activity will have been reduced by the dry soil conditions, so a degree of late weed germination is to be expected.

John intends to apply Uplift, Grow Plan B+ and Peloton between July 10 and 15. At this time he will also apply a fungicide, Escolta.

Grow Plan B+ at 3L/ha should fulfill the crop’s boron requirements, while Peloton adds phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc to the mix.

Uplift will maximise the efficiency of nitrogen use and hence growth.

Between July 10 and July 15 John will apply:

  • Uplift – 5L/ha;
  • Grow Plan B+ – 3L/ha;
  • Peloton – 5L/ha;
  • Escolta – 0.35L/ha.

He will return with a second application of Escolta three to four weeks after the first application. Applying two applications of Escolta has been consistently shown to deliver greater financial benefit than a single application.

Escolta covers the four main diseases of beet: rust; Ramularia; powdery mildew; and Cercospora.

One application of Escolta at 0.35L/ha can increase yield by 6.7t/ha, while a second application can add a further 4.8t/ha to the final yield of the crop.