Water use and irrigation

  • R. J. Dunham
Part of the World Crop Series book series (WOCS)


The wild ancestors of sugar beet evolved on sea coasts, which may be the underlying reason for the crop’s ability to survive salinity and drought better than most other field crops. With regard to salinity, only cotton and barley are more tolerant. Attributes of sugar beet that confer salt and drought tolerance are its long vegetative growth phase without a sensitive flowering stage, its deep root system and its capacity for osmotic adjustment. Sugar beet is adversely affected by waterlogging but can tolerate a water table at about one metre. Once the crop is established, it is not directly harmed by heavy rain or irrigation; wet conditions do, however, aggravate some problems, including various diseases, leaching of available nitrogen and harvesting difficulties.


Sugar Beet Relative Water Content Vapour Pressure Deficit Sugar Yield Storage Root 
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