The crop was irrigated with a centre-pivot, and the trial compared 12 cultivars. The trial was measured on 28 April 2018. Differences between some cultivars were not significant (Fig. 1) due to a relatively high variation across the site. The mean yield was 29.5 t DM/ha. The leaf to bulb ratio (13:87) was low due accidental burning of leaves from a late-summer chemical application. Dry matter of bulbs was the same as long-term means (0.1% points higher).
Figure 1. Results of the 2018 North Canterbury beet trial.