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Sugar beet

The right nutrient supply for an efficient sugar beet yield

Basic Information

The objective in sugar beet production is to achieve a high mass yield and a high sugar content in the beets. Objectives of crop management in spring:

  • Promotion of root development
  • Rapid youth development and row closure
  • Tolerance against temperature and water stress
  • Good nutrient absorption and supply of manganese and zinc
  • High photosynthesis capacity and sugar storage
Sugar beet production

Crop Stage Program
Important instructions for use: If several products are mixed while using our product, unforeseen reciprocal effects may occur. It is not possible to foresee all conditions that can occur in practice (e.g. temperature, kind of water, crop protection agents). Therefore, it is highly recommended to test the compatibility and the application of the intended products on a small scale first. We disclaim any responsibilities for damages which may ensue from interactions based on mixtures – especially – with other products, crop protection agents, plant protection products or fertilizers and/or from unusual conditions (temperature, kind of water, etc.). In case of doubt and for information on application data please get in touch with your local supplier, visit our website: or get in touch by e-mail:

Detailed Description

At the beginning of the cycle, the nutrients are mobilized from the leaves. The crop quickly establishes an optimal leaf surface for photosynthesis. Later, the nutritional elements are gradually redistributed to the roots.
Sugar beet is classified as a very demanding crop in terms of phosphorus and potassium due to its high requirements at the beginning. A phosphorus deficiency impedes the establishment of the crop.
Regarding nitrogen, the local application at seeding is considered an optimal technique to limit losses by volatilization and to promote the use of mineral fertilizer. COMPO EXPERT developed a starter fertilization range with N, P and trace elements suitable for this crop (see EasyStart® and NovaTec® solutions).
Sugar beets require high amounts of boron. Deficiencies of boron as well as zinc and manganese are widespread.
Possible symptoms of a boron deficiency are insufficient fertilization and fruit retention, weak root development, deformed leaves as well as hollow, rough or cracked stems.
For a high sugar beet yield, an early row closure, a corresponding reduction in weed pressure and unproductive water evaporation, and increasing photosynthesis capacity are essential. With the proven trace nutrient fertilizers from COMPO EXPERT (e.g. Basfoliar® Bor SL, Nutribor® and Nutribor® Fluid SL) sugar beet stocks can be secured and rapid youth development and thus yield formation can be promoted.

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