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Plant breeding for sustainable agriculture

The goal of our breeding program is to provide farmers with precisely those varieties that meet their operational needs. Whether conventional or organic farming, we see no difference. We offer seed that is adapted to the climate and soil conditions of various regions, offers increased yield and reduces pesticide use.

To achieve this, continuous and intense research activities are required. It takes up to ten years for a new variety to be approved and become available to the market. Every year we invest about 18.5 percent of our revenue in research and development projects, facilitating a yield improvement of up to two percent per year.

Our worldwide KWS breeding network

Our current key research and development figures:

    2019/2020 2018/2019 +/-
R&D employees Ø 2,073 2,053 +1 %
Percentage R&D employees of the entire workforce in % 36.3 37 -0.7 %
R&D cost € million 236.1 205.6 +14.8 %
R&D ratio¹ in % 18.4 18.5 -0.1
Marketing approvals for new varieties   484 464 +4.3 %

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Stephan Krings
Stephan Krings
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