Beet this... Could 15kg whopper be Norfolk’s biggest sugar beet?
PUBLISHED: 10:15 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 24 November 2017
A Norfolk farmer believes he may have grown Norfolk’s biggest sugar beet – after harvesting a 15kg whopper which is the largest he has seen in 40 years.
Martin Fisher said ideal growing conditions this year had given him a bumper crop of 110 tonnes per hectare on his field at Rookery Farm in Thurning, between Holt and Reepham.
But one particular specimen was so big it blocked the cleaner while being loaded onto the lorry.
“It is a bit of a freak really,” said Mr Fisher. “Most were quite big, but I have been growing sugar beet for 40 years and never seen anything of that size.
“The whole field was good. This one came from ground which is fairly fertile and rabbits chewed a bit of it off, so it was a bit gappy and that meant there was a lot more room for the beet to grow. And it got extra nutrients from being near an old muck heap.
“We have done 100t/ha about three years ago, but this is the best crop I have ever seen. Everything has come in its favour.”
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