A. De Vliegher, E. Van Bockstaele, J. Van Waes
Since 1950 the area and the number of fodder beet varieties admitted to the Belgian Catalogue decreased severely, also the characteristics of the fodder beet varieties changed a lot since then.

The modern fodder beet is monogerm, polyploid, with a good bolting resistance, a good ground cover and a high yield potential.

Based on the results of all the tested varieties, whether or not admitted, the dry matter yield of the root improves with 0.4% a year by selection in the period 1950–1993. This was realized during 2 periods : 1950–1965 and 1975–1993 with an increase of 1.25 % and 0.45% respectively. During 1965–1975 there was a stabilization in dry matter yield potential. The recent criteria for admission of fodder beet varieties in Belgium ensure only the admission of varieties with very good characteristics.

De Vliegher, A., Van Bockstaele, E. and Van Waes, J. (1994). RESULTS OF FODDER BEET BREEDING DURING 1950–1993. Acta Hortic. 355, 155-162
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1994.355.16

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