Category: NBR

NBRs use of drones: the machines are coming?

(Not the actual title…) This is an English version of my 3rd contribution to Betorlaren (2018 #4), the Swedish sugar beet industry’s magazine. This was an early draft: the final Swedish version looks and reads better, thanks to the four helpful editors that fixed it up before it even went to the publishers.   In…
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Storage trials 2018: texture analysis

In Brief (originally written for the NBR Facebook page): Stage 2 of NBRs main storage trail for 2018 was texture and quality at harvest analysis. Conducted at the labs of our German COBRI collaboration partner, Ifz, texture analysis involved subjecting beets to surface penetration tests and compression tests. Penetration tests involve a 2mm needle being…
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Storage trails 2018: harvest day

Originally written for the NBR Facebook page: There have been few benefits from the lack of rain in 2018 and NBRs research has not been immune to the challenges the year has thrown up. But one of our research trials may actually benefit from the dry. The trial is part of the harvest and storage series,…
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Rhizobox 1.0

Rhizo- relating to a root or roots. This is the diary of the first seeds in my first home made rhizobox. July 14 2018. Sugar beets, sown at approx kl15. 10 seeds sown at approximately 2cm depth, near or against the Plexiglass. I’ve set up the box to lean forward at 15-20 degrees. Given anyone…
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Storing Drought Stressed Beets – capitalising on a hard situation.

Literally. The harvest campaign of 2017 is remembered as a wet one. While it was underway, I’m sure many were wishing for a better foundation for their clamps sites. This year, for now, we have that. So, while the ground in hard and dry, could it be worth trying to maintain a patch of the…
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Storing Drought Stressed Beets

Feature image credit: Michael Welling, Thünen-Institut (fyi, Johann Heinrich von Thünen – possibly my favourite economist.) While we’re still a long way away from harvesting and storing sugar beets this season in Sweden, we’ve got a bit of time just now to look forward to this busy time and consider what we might be facing.…
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BeetLog (AKA Connected Beet)

(Feature image credit: Martin Lishman Ltd, UK) The ‘Connected Beet’ was a highlight of the IIRB 2018 Congress for me. It’s a 3D printed ‘sugar beet’, with a sensor inside that reads number and magnitude of impacts on the beet as it moves through a harvester, or any other process a beet may go through.…
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Betodlaren – introduction

Writing for the the industry magazine ‘Betodlaren’ (the beet grower) will be a big part of my work at NBR. My first article was a bit of a gimme: it’s an introduction of myself. Here is a translation of it: William is new at NBR NBR has been awarded a grant from the industry doctor program…
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IIRB Congress 2018

The IIRB (roughly translated to International Institute of Sugar Beet Research) Congress is a biannual event, which, sitting at the airport before catching the flight there, seems to be a standard academic conference with the very specific focus of sugar beets. NBR of course has strong ties to the organization, so we’re all going. I…
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