Fodder beet Trial, Ashcroft Farm 2016


This trial was designed to determine the effectiveness of 8 Foliar EM treatment variations, against a control on Fodder beet, at Ashcroft Farm at Carew.

Method and Materials

  • History of paddock: ex FB    
  • Fodder beet variety: Jamon
  • Plot size and layout: See table 1      
  • Sowing date:  26/10/15
  • Sowing rate: 80,000 seeds/ha
  • Fertilisers: Pre sow. 200kg Crop 15, 5kg kieserite, 3kg Na Cl, 3 g Pot. Chloride, 1 kg Borate 46
  • Post emerge applications: Urea 100kg on 16/12, Urea 100 kg + 75 Pot. Chloride 29/1
  • Date of product applications; All products, 08/12/15 (5 true leaf) and repeated on 12/01/16
  • Harvest Date:  12/5/2016
  • Treatments= 8  (see Table 1), 
  • Replicates= 5  
  • Plot Size – 10 metres long by 0.5 metres wide (1 row) equalling 5 m2,
  • 2 subsamples per plot were harvested at 2 metre each, the beets were counted.  Fresh weights were recorded for each plot.   DM was assessed by drying a subsample of tops and bulbs and drying (Individual plot DM’s were not measured.
  • The plots were harvested as numbered plots with no reference to treatments (blind approach).  

Table1: Treatment details

Table 2: Graph demonstrating all treatments

Table 3: Graph demonstrating mean yield DM T/ha of Fodder beet yield data, EM application against control (non-treated)


  • This trial was planned and conducted by Mike Daly and focussed more on the effect of EM and additions to EM, such as molasses and Comcat and N enhanced EM.
  • The overall clear results showed that EM significantly increased fresh crop yield. Adding molasses or using the N enhanced EM did not improve yield. Adding Comcat did not improve the activity of EM.
  • Dry matter was not assessed on this trial, just fresh weights and beet numbers from each plot.
  • This trial indicated a clear advantage in using EM as a foliar input.

For a full trial report including analysis by Tim Jenkins visit this link