16th October 2002

 

 THE SWEETER SIDE OF FARMING  

Experts from the agriculture industry have been sharing their knowledge with students from the University of Lincoln.

National Diploma Agriculture students from the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture have been picking the brains of professionals from British Sugar this week.

In March, British Sugar began trails at sugar beet farms across eastern England including the school’s Lodge Farm near Riseholme.  The trials looked at new cultivation techniques and also non-ploughing techniques.

On Monday experts from British Sugar arrived to harvest the crop giving the students the unique opportunity to take a look at the new cultivation equipment and discuss the many aspects of the trials.

“This was an excellent opportunity for the students,” said Keith May, senior lecturer in Agriculture. “The students were able to find out about the discipline of trials work and potential techniques for the future.

“Sugar beet remains one of the most highly profitable arable crops for UK farmers.  These trials are looking at the effect of cultivation on the shape of the root, root breakages and ultimately reducing the cost of cultivation.”

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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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