British Sugar has announced start dates for the 2017/18 sugar beet campaign which revert back to the more usual mid-September start dates following a later start to last year’s campaign.
Following discussions with NFU Sugar, British Sugar says this season’s campaign start dates are: Newark – September 14, Bury St Edmunds – September 18, Wissington – September 21 and Cantley – September 25.
NFU Sugar chairman, Michael Sly, says the area of sugar beet grown this year is between 106,000ha and 107,000ha (261,820 acres – 264,290 acres) compared with 79,000ha (195,130 acres) last year. “We are back to historic norms pre contract holidays.”
There is also the potential for a large crop this year, he says. “There is the potential for a bigger crop than expected at drilling. Growers need to be mindful that it will be a long campaign because of the larger crop and bigger area. We could be looking at finishing end of February/early March.”
Colm McKay, British Sugar agriculture director, says: “We’re pleased to have been able to give growers the campaign start dates at an early point so they can plan their harvesting and delivery plans accordingly.”