Pilot farms

The pilot farms located in Germany (Kirschgartshausen), France (Etrepagny) and Belgium aim to test innovative farming practices to foster sustainability within a changing ecosystem while preserving the profitability of beetroot cultivation. The activities and/or tests being carried out on these farms vary greatly:
  1. Crop rotation and cropping systems
  2. Needs-based and plot-specific fertilisation
  3. Plant protection: chemical, mechanical or autonomous
  4. Digitisation: applying new technologies
  5. Biodiversity promotion
In an effort to promote biodiversity, the Südzucker Group has been discussing the creation of flower strips with growers since 2014.