Fodder beet has become an increasingly popular option for New Zealand farmers over the last 10 years. Fodder beet provides impressive yields of high quality energy rich feed which can be utilized during the difficult winter months.
The increase in the fodder beet area has been driven by its effectiveness as an overwintering option, especially for dairy farmers. Fodder beet produces high yielding crops that provide a highly palatable, energy rich food source for stock.
With the appropriate management, farmers can be rewarded with a high yielding fodder beet crop. To achieve this careful planning, with the timely execution of crop management strategy throughout the season is required. It all starts with planning.
Controlling weeds is absolutely critical in beet crops. Weeds can quickly choke beet crops and severely impact crop quality and yields. A well-managed and timely herbicide programme is required to grow a successful crop.