Choice - Introduction
Choice is Carrs Fertilisers branded range of products designed
to meet the specific nutritional requirements of sugar
beet crops, as detailed below.
Below P index 2, phosphate is essential as P uptake in sugar beet
runs ahead of dry matter accumulation in the beet. Above soil index
2 only replace phosphate removal,( which is 40 - 50 units per acre
for roots only and 80 - 100 units per acre for removal of roots
Sugar beet has a high demand for available potash. For soils of
index 2 and less apply up to 120 units per acre (depending on soil
Sugar beet is responsive to sodium and is essential for maximum
sugar yield. Sodium must be used in conjunction with potassium and
not substituted one for another. Apply up to 160 units per acre
(depending on soil analysis) to soils in all areas except the Fen
Below soil index 2, magnesium is essential at 40 - 130 units per
acre. It is also advisable to apply 25 units per acre to soils at
the low end of index 2. Magnesium is vital in maximising photosynthesis
and therefore sugar production.
Sugar beet is susceptible to a condition known as heart rot which
is a symptom of boron deficiency, particularly prevalent in light,
sandy soils with high pH. Check through soil analysis.
Beet Choice grades include P, K, Na, Mg and +/- B. Nitrogen should
be applied separately.
Check the nitrogen table in RB209. All nitrogen should be applied
in the spring, with 25 - 30 units per acre in the seedbed or immediately
post drilling. Apply the balance - up to 60 units per acre depending
on soil status and type - after full emergence at the 2 leaf stage.
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