This year’s winner of Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society’s annual contest for the biggest sugar beet produced one of the heaviest specimens seen for several years.
And it also saw brothers Roger and David Eyles, of Northwold, swap places at the top of the results. While Roger had won in 2013, this year in first place was David with a Springbok root weighing in at a hefty 11.71kg. Roger came second with his root, also Springbok, which weighed in at 10.46kg.
In third place was John Tomkins, with a 7.76kg Muse root and John Ross presented a 7.44kg Cayman while Ed Lankfer entered a Hayden variety weighing 6.54kg.
The record weight for a beet in the society’s competition still stands at over 13kg. Said society secretary John Carney: “In general along with other farmers, the beet is bigger this year due to good weather and good growing conditions.
“We have a good yield this year and the results of our competition are reflective of this.”
The guest speaker for the presentation evening at Ryston Golf Club on Tuesday was Philip Garford, managing director of Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, of Deeping St James, who spoke about their ground-breaking approach to weed control in sugar beet.