Snow-covered heap of sugar beet

Snow-covered heap of sugar beet

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A heap of harvested sugar beet roots in a field in Norfolk, UK, in February 2012. Sugar beet is a valuable component of crop rotation systems in arable farming; about half the sugar consumed in the UK is produced from this crop. Harvest takes place during early winter when the sugar content of the roots is at its highest, typically around 17% by weight. The processing factories determine when the crop shall be delivered, so that the farmer may have to store the harvested crop on his own land for a short while. This involves the risk of frost damage to the crop before it is delivered for processing. The picture shows snowfall on the unprotected heap of beets. This condition, accompanied by overnight frosts of -10 degrees C, only lasted for three days before the crop was delivered, undamaged, to the processing factory.

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Keywords: agriculture, biological, biology, botanical, botany, farming, frost damage, sugar, sugar beet, sugar beet processing, sugar content

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