Planting feed beets

Feed Beets™ are a widely adaptable crop and capable of growing in many conditions. Additionally, Feed Beets can be fed fresh out of the ground or ensiled with other forage products, offering options when it comes to harvest.

 

 

Planting

Feed Beets seed is planted 0.75 – 1.25 inches deep, depending on soil type, moisture source, and availability.

While many traditional row crop planters work well, vacuum planters are recommended and typically result in more accurate planting.

Spraying

All seed contains the Genuity® Roundup Ready® trait, making weed control and spraying applications easy, utilizing common row crop spraying equipment.

Harvesting

As a root crop, specialized harvest equipment is designed to remove beet tops and pull the beet from the ground with minimal amounts of soil being moved or carried with the crop.

Beet tops can remain in the field for soil nutrients. Beet tops are also a good source of protein and may be fed to livestock.

 

 

Processing and Feeding Options

After chipping or slicing, Feed Beets can be fed fresh, blended with silage at feeding time, or ensiled with forage products at harvest to create high-quality silage.

A wide range of processing equipment is available to help achieve desired feed product. Various techniques are available, matching needs with volume requirements to meet feed and ration goals.

Agronomic Advantages

Cold Hardy
  • Double crop
  • Lengthen growing season
Widely Adaptable
  • Soil types
  • Climate
Drought Tolerant
  • < 14” annual rainfall
Salt Tolerant
  • EC levels < 35
Change to Cropping Rotation
  • Aids in breaking grass rotation
  • Allows other herbicide modes of action
Non-Maturing
  • Continues to grow and increase yield
Deep Rooted
  • 6-8 ft depth
  • Scavenge for nutrients and water

AGRONOMICS OF FEED BEETS

  • Biennial plant
  • Drought tolerant
  • 23% dry matter
  • Good salt tolerance
  • 13-20% sugar content
  • Good frost tolerance
  • Roots can reach depths of 6-8’
  • ​Moderate fertilizer requirement
  • 5-6 month’s typical growth period