To get the maximal yield out of your crop, your sugar beets need to be treated with the uttermost care, because an optimal protection of your crop is of the highest priority. One of the biggest threats to your sugar beet field are pests and diseases

The syndrome « basses richesses » (SBR)

The syndrome ‘basses richesses’ (SBR) is an emerging sugar beet disease gaining in importance in certain sugar beet growing areas.

Root knot nematodes

M. chitwoodi and M. fallax cause damage in crops such as potato, carrots, black salsify, and certain flower bulbs (gladiolus – dahlia). Reduction in yield is rarely observed. Their presence has however strong financial impact as they make these crops often commercially unacceptable. In sugar beet, they can reduce plant stand. M. incognita and M. javanica, do impact normal sugar beet root development.

Virus Yellows

Virus yellows, (with its typical yellow sugar beet leafs) can cause big losses in productivity. What can you do to control an outbreak of this disease in your field?


Rhizomania is one of the most common sugar beet diseases. It is caused by the beet necrotic yellow vein virus which is transmitted to sugar beet by a rootlet parasite (Polymyxa betae).


White beet cyst-nematode Heterodera schachtii is a white worm approximately 1 mm in length that can move through soil. It is capable of fixing itself onto the root of the sugar beet plant and feeding on the contents of its cells. This sometimes causes the proliferation of root hair to the detriment of the taproot.


Rhizoctonia root rot disease is caused by the soil fungus Rhizoctonia solani. In sugar beet, this disease causes a dark brown rot to develop from the root to the crown.

Leaf diseases

This category contains a series of diseases caused by fungi that attack the beet leaves. Their symptoms generally can be observed during the summer (in the beginning of the summer for cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew; somewhat later for ramularia leaf spot and rust) until the harvest.