76th IIRB Congress
The 76th IIRB Congress, organised in cooperation with the French technical sugar beet institute ITB, was held 5th June to 7th June 2018 at the Centre International Deauville C.I.D in Deauville, Normandy, France.
IIRB Congresses are the platform for knowledge transfer and networking in the sugar beet sector. An international audience of more than 350 persons attended this congress. Current topics of sugar beet cultivation were presented in five technical sessions. Additionally more than 100 posters were presented and discussed with poster authors during the two poster sessions.
Congress 5th and 6th June 2018
After an IIRB General Assembly in the morning of the 5th of June the congress was opened by the IIRB president.
In the Opening session 'The French sugar beet sector: Technical focus and societies' perception of progress', France as the host country presented its sugar beet sector in the context of current European agricultural policy. The audience was introduced to major French activities in sugar beet research and innovation, and an analysis of societies' perception of technical progress was presented.
The Technical sessions of the 5th and 6th of June focused on yield improvement by data capture, soil health and resilience in the sugar beet rotation, and future pest, disease and weed challenges. An Open session completed the range of topics presented. A broad range of current topics was also addressed in the more than 100 posters which could be discussed with their authors during two poster sessions.
In the evening of 6th June all congress participants and accompanying persons were invited to a Reception and Congress dinner.
Field day 7th June
The 7th of June was dedicated to a Field tour on the topic of flax cultivation. It provide a detailed insight into flax cultivation and processing, typical for the Normandy area.
The congress ended in the early afternoon.
All pictures courtesy of C.I.D