To get the maximal yield out of your crop, your sugarbeet seed needs to be treated with care, because optimal protection of your crop is of the highest priority. One of the biggest threats to your sugarbeet fields are pests and diseases.

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

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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 sugarbeet plant and feeding on the contents of its cells. This sometimes causes the proliferation of root hair to the detriment of the taproot.

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

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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) until the harvest.