Three trials were located in the Waikato region, two for lifting-type beets and one for grazing beets.  Results are on this page;

 

a)  Lifting trial - Putaruru

b)  Lifting trial - Te Awamutu

c)  Grazing trial - Pirongia

 

a)  Putaruru lifting-type beet trial

 

A trial was established in November 2015 to compare varieties of beet intended for lifting, and some grazing fodder beet controls (DLFB45, Bangor).  The site was located on farm near Arapuni by John Austin Ltd.  Seed was drilled at 100,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings. 

 

Yield was measured on 30 June 2016.  There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of beet (Fig. 1).  The mean yield of bulb in the trial was 20.5 t DM/ha.   Leaf yield averaged 1.6 t DM/ha.  Bulb dry matter content at the site was 2.9 % lower than the average of all DLF trials conducted to date. 

 

Figure 1.  Mean bulb yield at the Putaruru lifting beet trial 2016

 

b)  Te Awamutu lifting-type beet trial

 

trial was established on 12 October 2015 to compare varieties of beet intended for lifting. The site was located on a farm near Te Awamutu. Seed was drilled at seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings by John Austin Ltd.
 
Yield was measured on 8 March 2016. There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of beet (Fig. 1). The mean yield of bulb in the trial was 16.6 t DM/ha, plus 4.1 t of leaf. Bulb dry matter content was 4.7 % lower than the average of all DLF trials conducted to date.
 
Figure 2.  Mean bulb yield at the Waikato lifting beet trial 2016
 
b)  Te Awamutu grazing-type beet trial
 
The Waikato trial to compare grazing type beets was located on a farm near Pirongia, and drilled on 16 October 2015 by Finch Contracting Ltd. Seed was drilled at 89,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings.
 
Yield and plant numbers were measured on 20 July 2016. There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of fodder beet (Fig. 3). The mean yield in the trial was 16.4 t DM/ha. Bulb dry matter content was close (+ 0.7%) to average.
 
Figure 3.  Mean yield at the Waikato grazing beet trial 2016