Beet Solutions - Bayer Crop Science New Zealand


The attributes that have driven the increased use of fodder beet include

  • Flexibility – it can be feed in situ or lifted and feed out on feed pads or through silage wagons in the paddock
  • Long shelf life – can be used when its required
  • High yielding – allows use of reduced cropping areas
  • Cost – highly cost effective option per kg of dry matter
  • High quality – produces a consistent high energy feed source

To grow a successful fodder beet crop can be challenging and requires careful planning and detailed management through the season.

Step 1, 2, 3, 4 - Fodder beet solutions

Getting the best out of your beet crop

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.

Weed control

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.

Disease control & maximising yields

As the planted area of fodder beet increases across the country, so too does the threat of disease. When disease is present, it can affect the plant’s ability to retain its leaves.