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Sugar beet: Planting, harvesting and cleaning [Full subscriber]

Once a new sugar beet variety has been developed, seed production begins. The seed is multiplied where the climate and soil guarantee the optimum quality. The agronomic advantage of the monogerm seed (seeds containing a single embryo; sugar beet can be genetically modified to become monogerm. Springer. 2008) is that the emerging seedlings are not crowded; labour-consuming thinning may be avoided or at least facilitated. A mild climate and good soil are required for harvesting the best quality seed. The multiplication of sugar beet seed takes about 12 months. The seed is sown in August and develops into seedlings. By…

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