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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 eight to twelve years for a new variety to be approved and become available to the market. In the 21/22 business year we invested 286.4 mio. € in research and development for high performing seeds.

Our worldwide KWS breeding network

Our current key research and development figures:

    2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020
R&D employees Ø 1,800* 2,122 2,073
Percentage R&D employees of the entire workforce in % 35,8 35.4 36.3
R&D cost € million 286,4 252 236.1
R&D ratio¹ in % 18,6 19.3 18.4
Marketing approvals for new varieties   486 492 484

*excluding seasonal workers

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Stephan Krings
Stephan Krings
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