The production of certified sugar beet seed starts with planning the varieties likely to be needed two to three years before sowing.
Sugar beet are biennial plants. The main KWS production sites for sugar beet seed for the European markets are South-West France (Lot et Garonne) and Northern Italy (Emilia Romagna).††
The basic seed is sown in August on highly specialized farms. In February the stecklings of male-sterile, monogerm seed parent are planted in strips ...