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Trends and innovations in plant breeding

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China: How plant breeding is revolutionizing the corn harvest

High planting density, standing power in a difficult climate and smaller corn cobs: Plant breeding and the targeted use of seeds bring Chinese farmers a more bountiful harvest and make it possible for them to rely more heavily on the use of machines. And with that, the days of hard field work are over for many people.

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Corn and runner beans combined: Good for animal feed, good for insects

Corn and bean plants together in one field: A method that has been practiced in South America for 2000 years is being attempted by more and more farmers here in Germany. The benefits are obvious: more food for bees and up to two percent more protein in the silage. But in the end, it primarily comes down to the type of bean.

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Battling the harmful Cercospora fungus with big data, light and artificial intelligence

The earlier Cercospora leaf spot is stopped, the fewer the losses that sugarbeet farmers will suffer. In the “DataPlant” project, three research institutions and companies are combining their farming and optics expertise in an effort to automatically spot the fungus at an early stage – with the help of light, sensors, weather data and artificial intelligence.

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A field with a future: Artificial intelligence for better seed

Artificial intelligence is gaining in importance in seed breeding. KWS is currently developing and conducting tests with a field robot in the U.S. to find out how plant traits can be identified automatically and precisely to support variety selection decisions and enable conclusions that will help improve yields and resistances in agricultural crops.

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Better yields thanks to satellites

Satellite images show precisely how much seed should be sown and where. This innovation helps farmers achieve higher yields – and Italy’s largest dairy farm already counts on it for sowing its corn.

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High tech for maximum quality: checking seed in the computed tomography scanner

Top-quality seed is the key to achieving the very best yields. One of the central requirements for seed to produce high-yielding plants is for it to contain a healthy embryo.

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The future of the potato is at stake: seed instead of a seed potato

Something truly big is at stake: the future of the potato. It’s one of the most important foods there is. Germans eat around 60 kilograms of them a year – and the Latvians even twice that.

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Precision farming: How farmers benefit from drones in plant breeding

The future of breeding is up in the air, among other things: KWS uses drones over its fields in order to produce new varieties even faster.

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How farmers improve pig fattening with rye

Successful pig fattening and happy animals – Andreas von Felde believes they are not mutually exclusive goals. This Northern German farmer plants rye and uses it for feed. He needs less fertilizer, and a recent study backs him up.

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Precision in the field: Images from space show the right time to harvest corn

Precision farming thanks to satellites: Since the 2018 season, KWS has been able to detect the ideal time to harvest silage corn - thanks to satellite images supplied by a system that is unique worldwide.

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Useful bacteria protect against pests and can increase the yield

Bacteria are the extremists among living things. They live in 100-degree hot water, in strong acids or in sulphurous sources of the deep sea...

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How KWS attenuates the appetite of birds for organic maize with plant extracts

Organic farming may not use artificial chemical agents against bird damage in freshly sown maize fields. Therefore, in the spring the animals sometimes pick whole freshly sown crops...

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With the scanner, into the terra incognita: How do you watch roots grow?

How do you watch the roots of a sugarbeet at a depth of 1.50 meters grow? It's quite simple. You only need a giant drill, long Plexiglas tubes, a special scanner, a lot of software to...

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Resistance breeding for sugarbeets always needs a new ace up its sleeve

The small French town of Pithiviers south of Paris is notorious among the growers of sugarbeets. In the region, there are many and especially aggressive variants of the virus that is found in sugarbeets ...

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Good maize yield despite less fertiliser – how does that work?

Germany has restricted the permissible amount of nitrogen in many fields with the new Fertiliser Ordinance. In many places, even less ...

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"There are plant diseases that cannot be controlled with chemicals"

Bacteria, fungi, viruses: Plants are the target of countless attacks. The pathogens want to reproduce in the energy-rich leaves or fruits...

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