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Statement: EU Commission study on new breeding technologies

Einbeck, April 30, 2021: KWS welcomes the results of the EU Commission study on the handling and evaluation of new breeding methods. KWS remains convinced that these new breeding methods are an important tool for the future of sustainable agriculture, for maintaining food supply and for achieving the Farm to Fork targets. The speed and precision of these methods allow breeders to develop better regionally adapted plant varieties that respond to the challenges posed by climate change, degradation of land and plant diseases.


Test results with weeding robots reveal opportunities for a more sustainable and profitable approach to agriculture

Einbeck, March 23, 2021: Together with the University of Göttingen (Section of Agricultural Engineering) and the IfZ (Institute for Sugarbeet Research), KWS tested various robotic weed control systems for sugarbeets during the 2020 growing season. The initial results are promising: Two mechanical weeding robots significantly reduced weed density during several field passes. An herbicide-based robotic system resulted in a nearly 80-percent reduction in the amount of herbicides used compared to conventional spraying methods. The system resulted in approximately a 70 percent reduction in weed populations


KWS acquires tomato breeding company

Einbeck/Wageningen, March 10, 2021: KWS is consolidating the expansion of its new vegetable seed business with the acquisition of the vegetable seed company Geneplanta S.r.l., domiciled in Noceto/Parma, Italy. The Company, founded in 2011, focuses on breeding, production and sales of tomato varieties. Its main sales areas are realized in Italy and Mexico.


KWS KASHMIR takes the lead on the grain corn market

Einbeck, February 22, 2021: Einbeck-based seed company KWS traditionally holds a pole position on the European silage corn market in the FAO 240 maturity group. The highly competitive grain corn market is usually dominated by a handful of the industry’s “big players”. With KWS KASHMIR, the seed breeder has now caught up with the competition: Sales of over 230,000 units for the upcoming sowing season in 2021 have made the grain corn variety a top seller within a very short space of time.


The current new approvals demonstrate that the future of sugarbeets lies in breeding

Einbeck, February 19, 2021: Increasing regulations for crop protection and rising pathogen resistance to crop protection products: Both issues are intensifying the pressure on successful plant breeding. Solutions aimed at securing long-term and viable cultivation of sugarbeets are required. The German Plant Variety Office’s current new approvals of KWS sugarbeet varieties underscore that the KWS breeding methods are offering successful solutions.


KWS with stable business performance in a challenging environment – Guidance for the year confirmed

Einbeck, February 18, 2021: Total net sales of the KWS Group (ISIN: DE0007074007) decreased slightly by 1.1% in the first six months of 2020/2021 due to negative currency effects (currency-adjusted operating growth: + 9.0%). The key figures EBITDA, EBIT and net income were at the previous year's level despite the pandemic and remained negative as is customary for the first six months. KWS generates significant sales and earnings contributions with the spring sowing in the third fiscal quarter (January to March).

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About KWS

KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. More than 5,700 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.3 billion in fiscal 2019/2020. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €200 million last fiscal year in research and development.

* All figures excluding the shares of the equity-accounted companies AGRELIANT GENETICS LLC., AGRELIANT GENETICS INC. and KENFENG – KWS SEEDS CO., LTD.

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