The 2023 gave us a sharp reminder that the weather is variable, and the extremes that can be experienced during the period of harvest and storage are not to be underestimated. The below diagram of soil moisture as per the BEETGro model show how extreme 2023 was.

The first work package of this project will look to analyse the variability in weather during the period of harvest and storage, both on historical data and on climate scenarios. The focus will be both on soil moisture and risks around soil compaction, and on freezing weather events that can cause extensive damage to both harvested and not-yet-harvested crop. These results will be placed in the context of the industry structure.

A second work package in this project is a systematic review of the communication needs of sugar beet growers around climate risks.

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The project timeline is 2024 – 2026.