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Sugar Beet

Looking like 40% of sugar beet in the Newark factory area is now not fit for processing. What should british sugar do now? What do you think ?

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  1. January 31, 2011 9:54 am

    Cold weather before Christmas causing problems now, British sugar in a no win situation at the moment but needs to do something positive to re-inforce the “partnership”.

    • Paul Drinkwater permalink
      January 31, 2011 2:27 pm

      We are getting on well lifting and delivering.
      Graham Fowler has a great team lifting just in time and to a high standard.
      We are using Knowles for transport and their cleaner is getting out most of the frozen crowns.
      I am surprised how well it is going lets hope it continues.

  2. Jim Fletcher permalink
    February 1, 2011 7:24 am

    Lots of beet condemned around Downham Market. Neighbour has lifted and delivered 250 ton to me for sheep feed £5/ton,didnt want to leave them in the ground. Ive been offered hundreds of tons ofer the past week. Think a trip to market for more sheep may be required!

    • gmunns permalink*
      February 1, 2011 11:54 pm

      Hmmmm….. Thats a good idea Jimbo. Don’t forget that we have an expert “aqua-shepherd” in Chatteris, she’ll spring into action at very short notice should you need assistance……!!!!

      • Jim Fletcher permalink
        February 2, 2011 8:17 am

        Maybe this is a good idea to spend some LAG money, aqua sheep saving courses, Jane could earn a fortune!!!

  3. Paul Drinkwater permalink
    February 2, 2011 1:22 pm

    BE CARE FUL THIS STUFF ROTS DOWN FOR A PASSTIME. If it has been badly frosted it wont stand more than a week in the heap before its un usable.
    Have a nice day.

  4. dkowheatley permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:20 pm

    Dads still got 25 acres in the ground. The fieldsman came down last week and said take the top 40% of and try and send it in within 24 hours of lifting. Is anyone else getting on do this or is it not worth trying?

    • Jim Fletcher permalink
      February 3, 2011 3:08 pm

      Neighbour was told same thing last week. They took 2 loads, rejected the rest. He now has 18 lorry loads in a heap, anyone need any for an anaerobic digester?

      • Paul Drinkwater permalink
        February 7, 2011 11:46 am

        We got 100 acre in last week only 4 rejections never mind 24 hours the harvester wants to be in the field with the lorries and get to factory ASAP

  5. dkowheatley permalink
    February 21, 2011 8:03 pm

    Not much hope now, Dads starting ploughing in his sugar beet, the tops are completely rotten and very little is still white, even if the hauiler took it straight in, not sure whether British Sugar would take it. Hope now British Sugar learns some leasons. Maybe making Growers push for the last tonne an acre just to make their contract. only time will tell, but I think there will be alot of growers wait to see what British Sugar offer to pay before they sign up for another year.

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