Beta vulgaris 'Sugar Beet'
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Commonly grown as a commercial crop for sucrose production. The sugar beet is similar to the familiar red-rooted garden beet, but are much larger, reaching about 1 - 1.5 kg when mature. Sheep and cattle farmers can grow sugar beets as a forage crop. Uses: Beverages. Culinary. Alternative Fuel
Sugar beet can be harvested by hand or mechanically. The leaves usually stay in the field where they are used as green manure. The amount of soil on the root at harvest should be limited as much as possible.
Sowing time in spring with a minimum spacing of 2.5 cm. Sowing depth should be around 4 cm and the seed should germinate around 15 days after planting.
Rotate an area out of beets for at least 3 years before planting back in the same. Normally, beets are grown in the same ground every third year, peas, beans or grain being raised the other two years.
Temperate, Tropical and Sub-tropical
Soil PH preference
The beet is processed and turned into sugar, but the beet itself is also edible. They are often cooked before eating, or delicious raw.
Beverages. Culinary. Alternative Fuel.
Weeds should be brought under control before planting. Sugar beet plants are susceptible to Rhizomania, which turns the tap root into many small roots, which is not desirable.
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