German sugar beet planting drops nearly 3% following neonicotinoid insecticide ban

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German farmers are estimated to have reduced sugar beet sowings by 2.8 percent to about 379,000 hectares for the 2019 harvest, the WVZ German sugar industry association said.

Producers have suffered from Germany’s ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, the association said. The insecticide was banned in an effort to protect bees, but few effective alternatives are available to protect sugar beet, it said.

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