The Southland trial was located on a farm near Nightcaps in western Southland, and drilled on 23 November 2015. Seed was drilled at 90,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings.
Yield and plant numbers were measured on 2 June 2016. There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of fodder beet (Fig. 1). The mean yield in the trial was 24.4 t DM/ha. Bulb dry matter content was typical (1.6% points higher than the average of all DLF trials conducted to date).
Figure 1. Mean yield at the Southland beet trial 2016