Sugar beet is grown primarily as a raw material for sugar production. On a smaller scale, sugar beet is also used for ethanol or biogas production. The beets are planted using single grain sowing, with 45-50cm row spacing. A maximum of 9-12 grains per m² are sown. The emergence of the seedlings can be hampered by adverse soil structure, slurry and incrustation, and also pests such as flea beetles or clouded drab moths which can decimate plant stocks. Missing seed dressings must be compensated for by applying the relevant insecticide. As cultivation starts early, there is a risk of frost at the time of emergence. The complex weed control process begins with sowing. Herbicide application is particularly important due to the lengthy juvenile development stage. In later stages, abundant leaf growth is important; leaves need to be kept healthy with the use of sugar beet fungicides. Particularly, the treatment of Cercospora contributes to strong and productive stocks until the harvest.