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Soil tare

Reduced soil tare

The KWS breeding programme continuously aims to reduce the level of soil harvested with its high DM Feedbeet varieties. As a result, they have:
  • Smoother skin – from which it is easier to shake or wash-off any soil particles
  • Reduced furrows – shallower furrow in the main root where soil can accumulate
  • Reduced branching of fine roots – ensures the beet sits loosely in the soil and is easier to lift. This minimises the amount of soil harvested and reduces the number of root tips broken off and lost during harvesting
When aiming at a low dirt tare one must also keep in mind that cropping and harvesting conditions as well as† machinery have a major impact on the dirt level.
Soil structure and soil type being of major influence in this regard. Fields with heavy textured soils should be harvested first to avoid possible wet conditions that make harvesting very difficult on high clay content soils later in the season and also increase the amount of dirt attached to the beet.
Soil cultivation can also have an impact on dirt tare. An Austrian study compared different soil cultivation systems and proved that with minimum tillage (cultivator; 10cm) beets had the highest dirt tare at harvesting.
Also the speed of the harvester can have an impact on the dirt tare – the higher the speed of harvester operation the higher the dirt tare.

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Taking all that in mind the vegetative growth offers a wide harvesting window, reaching from October till March.

Subjects Improved beet agronomics

Growing

Seedbeds need to be well prepared, ensure sufficient seed to soil contact and good moisture conservation for fast germination and emergence.

EPD

All Feedbeet varieties come with a KWS proprietary seed treatment called Early Plant Development (EPD).

Soil tare

The KWS breeding programme continuously aims to reduce the level of soil harvested with its high DM Feedbeet varieties.

Harvest

To maximise DM yield, beet is best harvested from mid-to-late November. This is when root weight has peaked and dry matter yield will be highest.

Storage

There are currently three main methods that are advocated for the storage of KWS Feedbeet and Energybeet ...


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