Newbie Sugar Beet Cover Crop Plant

Newbie Sugar Beets are non-GMO and are excellent as cover crops. When planted following a wheat harvest or prevented planting, they can grow more than five feet deep by fall. Newbie Sugar Beets will tolerate temperatures down into the single digits, and August plantings will still achieve a 3.5-foot root depth by freeze up.  Tolerance for these colder temperatures without falling victim to winterkill give Newbie Sugar Beats a much higher winter hardiness rating than radishes. Newbie Sugar Beets have a higher C: N ratio than radishes leading to a slower decomposition.  The more gradual decay enables Newbie Sugar Beets to release the nutrients they have sequestered closer to when the next crop will need them and helps build organic matter quicker than radishes. The exudates from the sugar beet root are excellent feed for the soil microbes and worms. Newbie Sugar Beets will not push out of the ground like radishes, either. They stay rooted and expand in the hard soil to help reduce soil compaction. Newbie Sugar Beets are also good forage for domestic livestock and wildlife that will forage the entire plant including the root.

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Key Benefits

  • Non-GMO

  • Roots up to 3.5 feet when planted in August

  • Will not heave out of the soil

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish.  However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 6 – 8
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 0.375″ – 0.625″
Minimum Germination Temperature 51° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 18,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 6 – 8
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 0.375″ – 0.625″
Min. Germ. F° 51° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 18,000