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    Feedbeet Harvest

Feedbeet Harvest

Feedbeet is harvested in the Northern hemisphere from September to December. The timing of harvest is key for dry matter yield and practical convenience. The longer the beet stays in the ground the more dry matter is produced. On the other side stands practices for the machine harvest. Harvesting feedbeet involves considerations on harvesting equipment and also the question of leaf harvest or not.​

Feedbeet Harvest Equipment

Selfpropelled Harvester

During the last decades the tractor pulled beet harvesters has, to a great extend, been replaced with self propelled sugar beet harvesters. A good handful of different brands are now covering the majority of the beet harvest in beet growing areas. The cost of a selfpopelled beet harvester is generally high, therefore beet growers often prefer to have the beet lifted by a contractor. The cost of beet lifting varies from region to region, but may be in the neighbourhood of 200-300 Euro per hectare.

Tractor pulled Harvester

A tractor pulled beet harvester was common in most beet growing areas some years back. A tractor pulled beet harvester is generally in the low end in terms of required investment. As a new beet grower such machines are readily available in most sugarbeet growing areas. And since they are currently not in use it should be easy to purchase a second hand machine at low costs. A machine which easily can list up to one hundred, or more, hectares per season.​

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