KWS Sugar Beet
EPD (Early Plant Development) – early and even emergence for improved performance
Germination is one of the most critical phases in sugar beet development as it lays the foundation for future growth success. In order to better protect emerging sugar beets, KWS has developed the innovative seed treatment process "EPD - Early Plant Development".
In contrast to simple pre-treatment of seeds, EPD is a complete system approach which combines KWS specific seed preparation methods and seed coating components. This results in early and homogenous emergence of seed as well as improved early plant vigour – essential to a high yielding crop.
Your benefits from EPD
· Fast and even field emergence
· Early and rapid plant development for early plant vigour
· The best start to reach plant maturity and fast row closure
Production and testing for the highest quality
The KWS seed lot specific processing and pelleting allows the highest level of quality control. Germination and emergence testing are completed under optimal and stress conditions at all stages to deliver you the best product.
An overview of the KWS sugar beet seed technology process
Above you will see the 4 stages that KWS seed goes through:
Step 1 – Harvest and precleaning of seed; To prepare for processing
Step 2 – Processing of seed; To prepare for pelleting
Step 3 – Pelleting of seed; To provide shape for drilling
Step 4 – Coating of seed; To protect the seed from drill to field
Proven performance in the UK
Three years of rigorous independent trials run by the BBRO have shown that KWS' Early Plant Development seed technology delivers under UK conditions and is of a quality that is comfortably competitive in the UK market.
Comparative performance of KWS EPD and EPD2.0 processed seed
Mean of 34 treatments comprising 1,224 plots across six locations and spanning three consecutive seasons (2016 - 2018). Source: BBRO