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    Seed Quality Sugarbeet

Seed quality in sugarbeet – Quality testing and seed treatment EPD

We have made it our goal since the beginning of our breeding not only to meet the statutory quality standards, but to exceed them.

To cope with this, a large number of studies and analyses are carried out before, during and after each production stage; in addition, numerous parameters are determined for each seed lot.

EPD (Early Plant Development) – your advantage for a good field emergence

Germination is one of the most critical phases in sugarbeet development as it lays the foundation for future growth success. In order to better protect emerging sugarbeets from negative environmental influences (such as pests, frost, slurry), KWS has developed the innovative seed treatment process "EPD - Early Plant Development".

EPD stands for

  • Early germination
  • Fast and homogeneous field emergence
  • Rapid development of the beet leaf apparatus
  • Efficient use of photosynthesis
  • Rapid and more even young plant development
  • Homogeneous crops
  • High crop quality

EPD procedure

  • Party-specific preparation of the seed
  • Improvement of the coating components
  • Specific seed processing and pelleting process
  • Control of each seed lot with the latest technology to achieve the highest quality.

EPD promotes

  • Suspension of dormancy
  • Water absorption by the beet pellet and the seed pericarp
  • Activation of metabolism

EPD offers even more benefits in:

Unfavourable emergence conditions such as early sowing, cool temperatures or slurry. Here, the EPD seed shows clear advantages.

An overview of the quality testing for sugarbeet seed

The decisive quality testing for you as a farmer:

1. Germinability
Investigation of germination under different conditions (depending on the processing stage of the seed, naked seeds have other conditions than pellet seeds), banding (final count) or pleated filter (multiple counts possible).

2. Germinating power
Testing the germinating power under adjusted field conditions

3. Only the best comes in the sale!
Process steps of seed processing with occurring losses:

Step 1: Harvesting seeds at propagation sites (100% crop)
Step 2: Seed cleaning at propagation site (60% loss)
Step 3: Processing of seeds in Einbeck (20% losses)
Step 4: Seed pelleting

Total losses: 80%
Total yield: 20%

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