Early Plant Development

All Feedbeet varieties come with KWS proprietary seed treatment Early Plant Development (EPD). The EPD technology involves a certain sequence of treatments and achieves its positive effect through the combination of those rather than due to a single component. The process includes the following steps:
  • Seed lot specific preparation
  • Improved pelleting substances
  • KWS proprietary seed preparation and pelleting process
  • Quality control of each seed lot with modern technology to achieve high quality seed
The EPD seed activation method promotes the water absorption due to the specific pelleting substances, which induces an earlier activation of the plant metabolism and by that a shorter time span between sowing and emergence. Subsequently the EPD technology allows for:
  • Fast germination
  • High speed and homogeneity of field emergence
  • Improved early plant development and homogeneity of plant stand
  • Fast canopy closure




Subjects Improved beet agronomics


Seedbeds need to be well prepared, ensure sufficient seed to soil contact and good moisture conservation for fast germination and emergence.


All Feedbeet varieties come with a KWS proprietary seed treatment called Early Plant Development (EPD).

Soil tare

The KWS breeding programme continuously aims to reduce the level of soil harvested with its high DM Feedbeet varieties.


To maximise DM yield, beet is best harvested from mid-to-late November. This is when root weight has peaked and dry matter yield will be highest.


There are currently three main methods that are advocated for the storage of KWS Feedbeet and Energybeet ...