As fodder beet is a poor competitor for light, water and nutrients and because it is slow to reach canopy closure the number one challenge to growing a successful crop is weed control. Fortunately there are a number of selective herbicides that make the job possible.
Your local Technical Field Representative can help advise products for weed, pest and insect control.
The establishment phase of any crop is when insect pests can cause a lot of damage. At this early stage when seedlings are small attacks from insects such as Adult Grass Grub, Cutworm, Springtails and Nysius can cause plant losses which reduce crop yield.
Frequent crop monitoring will ensure that any insect issues are identified early and able to be controlled before they have a major effect on crop yield. As with other crops it is important to monitor the crop and apply an appropriate insecticide at the first sign of damage.
The key to good weed control is a preventative approach. Weed control starts with the spray-out of the previous crop or pasture. The objective of the spray-out is to control all existing weeds, especially the difficult ones, so they don’t become a problem in the fodder beet crop. The corner stone to the spray-out programme is glyphosate, but glyphosate alone won’t always control all the weeds present. This may necessitate the addition of other products to the traditional glyphosate base.