With four new varieties on the AHDB Recommended List for 2017/18, Stephen Smith's successful wheat breeding program is based at our own Plant Breeding station in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Stephen joined the company in 2007 bringing with him an excellent reputation and a wealth of experience from his career, initially with PBI Cambridge followed by Advanta and latterly with Cebeco. The innovative new techniques introduced since his arrival have seen a significant strengthening of the wheat variety development programme. 2013 saw a major step forward in Elsoms wheat breeding and marketing programme with the formation of Elsoms Wheat Ltd and the decision by German plant breeder, Saaten Union, to appoint Elsoms as their UK marketing agent.
Stephen Smith & Bob Miles at Elsoms Plant Breeding Station
Elsoms Wheat Breeder Stephen Smith Checks a New Variety
Harvesting New Varieties
Elsoms Wheat http://www.elsomswheat.com/ was founded in 2013 and is a wheat breeding collaboration between European plant breeders, Nordsaat, Saaten Union Recherche and Elsoms Seeds. The breeding programme draws on genetics and skills from all three companies to breed new varieties of wheat specifically for the UK market’s individual maritime climate. The combination of three strong independent plant breeders provides Elsoms Wheat with the capability to compete on an equal footing to other major breeders in the UK wheat market.
The success of Bennington, Dunston, Freiston and Moulton, Elsoms’ four new AHDB Recommended varieties, heralds an impressive debut for Elsoms Wheat Ltd. The responsive, innovative and forward-thinking approach is showing its worth as the programme also has two further wheat candidate varieties, Elation and Elicit, as well as a strong development pipeline of promising new varieties that are already performing well in extensive trials.
As well as developing our own varieties we are the UK agent for conventional and hybrid wheat varieties from German Breeder, Saaten Union and also work closely with French Breeder, Florimond Desprez and European Breeder, SW Lantmannen.
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