The Taranaki trial was located on a farm near Hawera, and drilled on 15 October 2015. Seed was drilled at 92,000 seeds/ha with 50 cm row spacings by Damian Orchard Contracting.
Yield and plant numbers were measured on 11 June 2016. There were significant differences in yield between some cultivars of fodder beet (Fig. 1). The mean yield in the trial was 26.6 t DM/ha. Bulb to leaf ratio was 87:13. Bulb dry matter content was 2.2% less than the long-term NZ trial average.
Figure 1. Mean yield at the Taranaki beet trial 2016