Two grazing trials and a lifting-type trial were conducted in Canterbury in the 2016-17 season.  Results are lower in this page;

a)  Kirwee grazing trial

A trial was established on 8 November 2016 to compare varieties of beet intended for grazing. It was located on a farm near Kirwee, Canterbury, on a Lismore series 9 soil. Seed was precision drilled (Bassett Agriculture Ltd.) at a row spacing of 50 cm and 80,000 seeds per hectare. The paddock was irrigated by centre pivot. The trial was measured on 9 May 2017.

Mean yield across all cultivars was 25.1 t DM/ha (Fig 1), with a bulb to top ratio of 80:203. Bulb dry matter content was the same as the average of all DLF trials conducted to date.
 
Figure 1.  Mean yield at the Kirwee (Canterbury) grazing beet trial 2017
 
b)  Rolleston (Canterbury) grazing-type trial 2017
 
This was located on a farm west of Rolleston (Aylesbury) on a shallow Lismore series 9 soil.  The trial was planted on 1 October 2016 (Bassett Agriculture Ltd.) in 50 cm rows and 90,000 seeds/ha.  The trial was irrigated by a lateral and was measured on 10 May 2017.
 
Mean total yield across all cultivars was 25.5 t DM/ha (Fig. 2), with a bulb to top ratio of 84:16.  Bulb dry matter content was the same as long-term averages.
 
Figure 2.  Mean total yield at the Canterbury lifting beet trial 2017
 
c)  Kirwee (Canterbury) lifting-type trial 2017
 
A trial was established on 8 November 2016 to compare varieties of beet intended for lifting. It was located on a farm near Kirwee, Canterbury, on a Lismore series 9 soil. Seed was precision drilled (Bassett Agriculture Ltd.) at a row spacing of 50 cm and 80,000 seeds per hectare. The paddock was irrigated by centre pivot. The trial was measured on 9 May 2017.
 
Figure 3.  Mean yield at the Kirwee lifting type beet trial 2017.
 
The Rolleston trial after harvest.  The bare square in the foreground is what is left after lifting 10 m of every row in one rep.