Crops, Environment & Land Use Programme >
Crop Science >
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title: ||The Effects of Seed Treatment, Sowing date, Cultivar and Harvest date on the Yield and Quality of Sugar Beet|
|Authors: ||O'Donovan, Timothy M.|
|Keywords: ||Sugar Beet|
|Issue Date: ||2002|
|Citation: ||Timothy M. O’ Donovan (2002). The Effects of Seed Treatment, Sowing date, Cultivar and Harvest date on the Yield and Quality of Sugar Beet. University College Dublin (Ireland)|
|Abstract: ||Trials were carried out at Lyons Estate Research Farm during 1998 on sugar beet (Beta
Vulgaris). The commercially available seed treatment ‘Advantage’ was tested across 3
sowing dates, 4 commercially available cultivars and 4 harvest dates. Trials were
carried out in a factorial arrangement and subject to standard statistical analysis. Data
on emergence, ground cover, yield and quality was analysed.
Percentage emergence of seed was satisfactory in all experiments. The benefit of
‘Advantage’ treatment during the emergence stage of growth was clearly seen in all
trials. On average ‘Advantage’ seed emerged 2-3 days earlier than untreated seed and
reached the target population (>75,000 plants/ha 4 days sooner than the control seed.
During the growing season, ground cover was measured until complete cover was
reached. In the trials it was less clear as to the benefits of using the treatment
‘Advantage’, as it was seldom statically different from control seed. As yields can be
related to the radiation intercepted, it is not surprising that there were not large
differences in yields.
Delaying sowing date resulted in decreased yields of clean beet, sugar and extractable
sugar. The two triploid varieties, Libra and Accord gave better yields of clean beet,
sugar and extractable sugar than the two diploid cultivars Zulu and Celt. Delaying
harvesting gave increased yields of clean beet, sugar and extractable sugar. The
‘Experimental’ seed treatment was not superior to the ‘Advantage’ treatment.
In only one of the experiments was ‘Advantage’ better than the control treatment in
respect of yield of clean beet, in the time of harvest trial. This was not reflected in yield
of sugar or extractable sugar. In all other situations, there were no differences between
‘Advantage’ and the control treatments. There was no benefit from using ‘Advantage’
seed in the current experiments. However earlier sowing dates require investigation
with pre-treated seed.|
|Description: ||Masters Thesis|
|Appears in Collections:||Crop Science|
Theses - CELUP
Items in T-Stor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.