A SEED OF INNOVATION

The importance of high-quality seeds for sustainable agricultural production was the founding thought behind DLF in 1906. Since then, innovation, research and development has been the driving force behind delivering seeds for a green future.

There is an increasing need to deliver more with less. Simply put, we must ensure greater quality and productivity in the field with less input. This will help secure a stable food supply and quality of life for a growing population while reducing our environmental and climate footprint. This is our call to action.

We are constantly innovating new and better products ideal for local climatic and environmental conditions. It is not easy, but it is mission critical for a more sustainable and productive tomorrow.

Results of grass breeding trials

The art of plant breeding

Innovation and plant breeding is the core of our work. Our R&D teams work tirelessly to evaluate multiple generations of plant material and select the right individuals to create the new and better varieties. It’s an elimination race - and we always end up with winners.

Innovating new and better products to customers is a tough task. To succeed, a wide range of skilled colleagues collaborate to ensure high-quality data is collected, the right decisions are made, and the best products – that bring value to end-users – progress to commercialization. 

All in all, our innovative work is built on a classic combination of leveraging global scale, expert staff, novel technologies and external partnerships.

Local needs call for local seeds

Even the most robust forage and turf seeds are sensitive. What performs fantastic in Northern Europe might not stand a chance in South America.

This is why we have trusted colleagues around the world whose job is to adapt products to local climatic conditions. Globally, we have 25 breeding locations and more than 40 trial sites, which enables us to tailor products for your region.

Aerial view of turf trials site.

Research across fields

Supplying seed for a greener future is not only about breeding plants that can grow in a specific environment. The real value comes from the performance on a sports field, the milk yield from a cow or the healthy green spaces outside our window.

Our research concentrates on developing sports grasses that are more wear tolerant to increase playing hours, while reducing the level of irrigation water and chemical inputs needed. In the forage sector, we breed for higher fiber digestibility in our products as increased digestibility directly translates into a higher milk production from the same input.

Additionally, we use advanced technologies and dedicated facilities to evaluate forage varieties for reduced environmental impact. Here, we focus on how varieties can contribute to reduced methane emissions and increased robustness to drought or climate extremes.

More than 10 pct.

of our employees work in research and development.

25 breeding locations

around the world help us adapt our seeds to local needs.

More than 40 trial sites

globally to stress-test all our material and ensure performance.

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Our employees are our greatest assets, and we are always looking for new talents to develop new and existing roles within the company. Let's grow together!

Examination of newly sown grass.

A sneak peek into the future

Nobody really knows what the future looks like, but we try constantly to predict it. We have to, because the creation of a new variety typically takes 7-10 years. A lot can happen in such a period – like the climate changes we observe right now. Luckily, our global presence enables us to react fast to sudden market needs as we can embark on varieties and knowledge created in areas that have already faced similar challenges before.

We are always on our toes to reach further – utilizing the latest technologies in AI, remote sensing, and advanced genetic analysis. These tools help us breed faster and more precisely than we ever could before. Instead of facing challenges, we can take advantage of them and learn how to develop crops and turf for what is to come tomorrow.

Grass sown between tram tracks for a greener future

Who would have thought small seeds could make such a big difference?

Innovation, imagination and lots of collaboration

Bringing together diverse expertise and resources ensures even better outcomes. That is why we are excited to house some of the most skilled people in the business – and collaborate with leading institutions in the development of new products and technologies. This includes Copenhagen University and Aarhus University in Denmark, AgResearch in New Zealand, INIA in South America and Rutgers University in North America. Aside from these tight relations our collaborations extend to more than 30 international academic research institutions. These partnerships help us co-develop better products for local markets.

Challenge accepted

Supplying more sustainable grasses, clovers, beets and other crops across the temperate climate is a huge task. Some would say it is almost impossible with climate changes that are already ongoing. But this is what we do – the impossible art of improving the future – with nature’s own code: Genetics.

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