CR+ varieties INSPIREA KWS and BLANDINA KWS
The two-year-long assessment conducted by the German Federal Plant Variety Office simultaneously revealed two impressive high-performance CR+ varieties. BLANDINA KWS is a nematode-tolerant variety that offers optimum leaf health even with Cercospora. The rizomania-tolerant variety INSPIREA KWS has a very high sugar content and exhibits an excellent yield – regardless of the extent of the Cercospora infection – especially when it comes to trials without fungicide.
Through a lower infection frequency and magnitude as well as slower progression of the disease, the healthy and productive leaf surfaces are retained in the CR+ varieties over an extended period of time. This serves as the basis for a solid photosynthetic performance of plants, thus resulting in higher yields and a stable sugar content. Furthermore, healthy leaves suppress the spread of the disease and could potentially reduce the use of fungicides. Coenen: “Thanks to the impressive leaf health and yield stability of our CR+ varieties, we offer farmers even more independence when dealing with Cercospora. The new varieties therefore represent a key factor when it comes to the productivity of beet cultivation. They will significantly contribute to integrated crop protection as well as competitiveness and the future of sugarbeet cultivation.”
The new CR+ varieties will already be tested in practical field cultivation in 2021. Those who are interested and would like more information about the practical cultivation of these varieties are encouraged to contact their personal KWS consultants.