Grazing and lifting-type beets were compared at a fram between Whanganui and Marton.  
 
a)  Grazing-type beets
b)  Lifting-type beets
 
a)  Grazing-type beets
 
The Whanganui trial was located on a farm near Fordell, and drilled on 9 November 2015. Seed was drilled at 90,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings.
Yield and plant numbers were measured on 28 May 2016.
 
There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of fodder beet (Fig. 1). The mean yield in the trial was 22.1 t DM/ha. The bulb to top ratio
was 84:16. Bulb dry matter content was typical of the long-term average.
 
Figure 1.  Mean yield at the Whanganui grazing beet trial 2016
 
b)  Lifting-type beets
 
The Whanganui trial was located on a farm near Fordell, and drilled on 9 November 2015. Seed was drilled at 90,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings.
Yield and plant numbers were measured on 28 May 2016.
 
There were significant differences in bulb yield between some cultivars of beet (Fig. 2). The mean yield in the trial was 25.8 t DM/ha (21.t t bulb and 4.1
leaf). Bulb dry matter content was typical of the long-term average.
 
Figure 2.  Mean bulb yield at the Whanganui beet trial 2016