Sugar beet is a plant whose root contains a high concentration of sucrose. Our sugar beet is grown commercially for sugar production for British Sugar.
The journey of this root starts with the field being ploughed in the autumn to allow the frost to breakdown the soil. The seeds are then drilled with a precision drill in late March when the soil temperature is starting to warm up. The seed is planted at an optimum depth of approx 3cm into the fine tilth. See the video below to watch the process.
Harvest begins in September and continues right through the winter until the end of February. The sugar beet roots are lifted by a self-propelled harvester and cleaned and transported to British Sugar’s factories. They are then processed into liquid and crystalized sugar.