At present, we are leaders in the spring field bean market, including varieties such as Lynx, Vertigo, Fanfare and newer varieties including Yukon, Macho and Victus. We also have competitive oilseed rape varieties, for example Clubroot resistant varieties Crome and Croozer, HEAR OSR varieties including Resort and Ergo, all of which help the UK farmer to maximise their yield.

 

We are always looking to the future, with the aim of combining excellence to make a real difference to the UK farming industry. As well as continually developing varieties to help us to grow within our existing markets, we are also always trying to develop further. We have a wheat breeding program in its early stages, along with winter bean and spring combinable pea varieties on the market or near market.

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