New recommended sugar beet variety Frazze from Maribo Seed, has received an enthusiastic response from growers trialing the variety prior to its official release for the 2014 season.
Roger Lankfer, who farms 212 hectares at Wereham in Norfolk reports the variety growing well as are his other varieties on the farm. “Badger and Sentinel have grown on well as has the Frazze, which established well and it will be interesting to see how it performs,” commented Roger.
“We always drill in the beginning of March so I steer clear of varieties with high bolting figures but any variety that features in the top seven on the Recommended List is under consideration.”
Another grower who believes in selecting a number of varieties to spread his risk is Christopher Rutterford from Swaffham in Norfolk. “I never like to have more than 30 percent of any one variety and as all the varieties on the list are good performers it makes sense to have a selection, just in case anything does go wrong.”
Frazze has been sown on 13 farms in the Norfolk area and is being monitored by Maribo Seed to ensure that its on farm performance matches its official independent trial figures.
Product manager Hilary Snow said: “It’s always good to have first hand feedback from growers and this programme has already given us confidence that Frazze will be a good all-round variety. It germinated well and plant counts have been good.”
David Sidewell of Raynham Farm Co drilled Frazze on light land. “Its emergence has been good and it doesn’t seem to be suffering as some varieties on the farm have done this season.”
Frazze has a root yield of 101.1, sugar content of 18.2 percent and a sugar yield of 99.7 percent. It has good normal-sown bolting figures and average disease resistance figures.