Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management


Programme fact file

Programme title: Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management 
Qualification: 10 or 15 credits. Can be taken as a standalone module, or as part of the postgraduate programmes in Agrifood. 
Start date: TBC
Duration: A series of several two-day workshops between October and December. Prior to the start of the course, delegates will have access to online learning materials. 
Maximum places available: Limited 
Fees: £1,500 for 15 credits or £2,000 for 20 credits, however 50% bursaries are available for UK agrifood sector through AgriFood ATP. 
Available on weekends/evenings: No  

School of Biosciences 

Programme overview

Course description

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to improve their fundamental understanding of sugar beet production (e.g. growers, agronomists, breeders, consultants). The course is recognised by BASIS as an Advanced Module (worth 30 CPD points) and can be applied towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. The course can also be taken as part of a formal postgraduate programme with the option to study for 15 or 20 credits at Level 7. 

Programme detail

Course details

e-Learning Unit

  • The online learning will be available to participants three weeks before the start of the course. This will introduce the fundamental concepts of sugar beet growth and development and how this underpins yield formation. The content of the online course will be reviewed during the 'Foundation in sugar beet' unit.

Foundation In Sugar Beet Unit

  • Structure of the global sugar market and UK sugar beet industry.
  • Physiology of the sugar beet crop. Crop nutrition. Water use by the crop including current research in this area.
  • Profitability of sugar beet within the rotation.
  • Soils and soil management. Seedbed preparation and plant establishment.

Crop Protection Unit

  • The major weeds, pests and diseases of sugar beet in the UK including existing control measures and current research into new approaches. Sessions will comprise a mixture of seminars and practical laboratory classes.

Plant Breeding and Seed Production Unit

  • The history of plant breeding and seed production.
  • Seed selection and ordering.
  • Breeding for disease resistance.
  • Introduction to seed technology at Germains, including a tour of the factory.

Harvesting, Storage and Processing Unit

  • Understanding the processor's requirements.
  • Harvest, management and topping. Quality storage. Transport and delivery.
  • Breeding for disease resistance.
  • The day will include a tour of Wissington Sugar Factory.
In addition to the core material above, participants will have the option of studying a further two days on Irrigation and Water Management

(1-2 Dec 2015). Participants do not need to apply to this course separately - You can specify whether you would like to take this unit when applying to the Sugar Beet course through the AgriFood ATP. On successful completion of this module the delegate will be able to:

  • Critically review ways in which research impacts upon evolving practice in the sugar beet production and management sector.
  • Apply specific technical knowledge to resolving complex work-based problems.
  • Demonstrate the development of the skills of critical reading, critical thinking and concise and purposeful writing to the formulation of realistic recommendations for the improvement of their workplace practice.
  • Demonstrate and review the use of theory-in-action in a professional context.


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