BSPB Turfgrass Seed Booklet 2018: Record results for DSV with EUROPITCH the new No. 1
The highly regarded Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) is the world's leading sports turf consultancy. It conducts annual amenity grass seed trials which are among the best in Europe. DSV varieties were placed in the top 4 out of 100 entries in the S1 list – perennial ryegrass for sports uses.
Results of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG exceed expectations
Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) closed the 2016/17 fiscal year ending on June 30 with a profit result that exceeded expectations. The global business was expanded despite a challenging market environment.
Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has invested 5.2 million euros in the construction of a new French seed breeding station in Terminiers. DSV breeds and tests wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage and turf grasses for the French market at various locations in France.
Concluding years of research and extensive lab and field testing, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is launching a new seed technology. By commissioning a new production facility that was built for the purpose, the company sets the course for introducing the new technology to the market.
Most pastures in the Netherlands/ Western Europe are mainly based on Lolium Perenne. This species got a good production and top feeding quality. However, the management of forage grasses is top sport. Everything must be correct: fertilization, moisture supply, disease pressure and soil life. In practice we see that the quality of the soil and the soil life are unfortunately under pressure. Bigger and heavier machines are used also under not optimal circumstances resulting in soil compaction and structural damages.
DSV launches a new seed technology, which concludes years of research and extensive lab and field testing. By commissioning a new purpose-built production facility, the company sets the course for introducing the new technology to the market.
Over the last years, DSV has increased its activities in South America, in order to provide DSV solutions to the South American markets, or to produce and acquire products respectively. In order to improve our services for our partners, “DSV Semillas SRL” has been founded in Argentina. We are happy to announce, that Gonzalo Luna Pinto as Area Manager and Fradio Perez as Product Placement Manager have joined the DSV team.
As well as for regular 00 oilseed rape, DSV also runs a breeding programme for oilseed rape with special high oleic, low linolenic (HOLL) fatty acid oil profiles. Compared to conventional oilseed rape, these varieties have a significantly higher oleic acid content (>75%) and a reduced linolenic acid content (<3%). This modified oleic acid profile makes these oils particularly resistant to oxidation and therefore ideal for frying and for manufacturing biodiesel.
Most of the 6.6 million hectares of winter oilseed rape in Europe have come through the winter largely unscathed. The bulk of the crop was covered by a protective blanket of snow during the cold snaps in January and February. Only a few regions of central Europe have reported more severe damage to the crop as a result of ground frosts.
In February 2017, two new cover crop varieties – ConceptOne (white mustard) and Firework (oil radish) – were approved for Lammers Seed Options (LSO). DSV Deutsche Saatveredelung AG has exclusive rights to distribute these two varieties internationally.
First shredlage results from Germany shown no clear trend
For two years now the long-chop forage system known as shredlage has been the subject of heated debate among German dairy farmers, with many contractors purchasing the new equipment once the initial euphoria had died down. But it is still not clear what effect the long-chop maize silage actually has on the performance of dairy cows. The preliminary findings from different studies conducted in Bavaria and North Rhine Westphalia have now been published.
DSV’s joint research into more profitable biogas production
Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has joined forces with a project group at the Freiburg Mining Academy and University of Technology (TU Bergakademie) to conduct a three-year research project entitled ‘Reed canary grass as an energy crop – Optimising biomass utilisation and the bioaccumulation of valuable resources’. The programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) aims to investigate how reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) can be profitably used as an energy crop for biogas production and for fixing elements present in the soil.
Rossera and Valerio take 1st place in recommendation
In the new Dutch forage grass recommendation, Aanbevelende Rassenlijst 2017, ROSSERA is the best diploid late variety. It is characterised by excellent yield performance as both a cut and meadow grass. Furthermore, it demonstrates good rust resistance in combination with good lodging resistance. Rossera is also being marketed successfully in France and Germany.
Another breeding success is the late tetraploid perennial rye-grass VALERIO.
Successful initiation of cereal distribution in Germany
DSV´s cereal breeding is a story of success since 25 years. The next chapter has begun last year: After withdrawal from the long lasting distribution partner in Germany - I.G. Pflanzenzucht GmbH - DSV started in 2016 their own activities in the cereals business.
DSV has had a successful start as a British maize supplier
Growing maize under British circumstances is no easy task. The weather is cooler in spring and maize is mainly grown in marginal areas. That`s why maize varieties for the 175,000 hectares grown in the UK have to be very tough!
Only varieties with good early development and strong characteristics succeed under these conditions.
Broad spring oilseed rape portfolio to suit all growing conditions
Even though many parts of Europe are still in the grip of winter, it's not too soon to start thinking about suitable spring oilseed rape varieties.
The range of varieties nowadays is as varied as the growing conditions. SMILLA has proven a successful early ripening crop in many regions of Europe whereas in the mid and late segment MIRAKEL and MAKRO have an established track record as stable mid and late ripening varieties even under difficult growing conditions.
The 2016 sowing season was expected to see slightly more fields being sown with winter rape throughout Europe, where an estimated 6.6 million hectares were dedicated to oilseed rape before the winter. The sowing conditions could scarcely have been more variable. Whilst western Europe faced a severe drought and heatwave at the time of sowing, south-eastern Europe generally had good rainfall.
For the 2015/16 fiscal year ending on June 30 Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) reported a profit result above expectations. The Annual General Meeting, which took place in Lippstadt in December, therefore approved the payment of a dividend of € 0.08 per share.
The winter rape harvest in Europe is now over, and yields in many regions have fallen short of expectations. In parts of Poland, Germany, France and the UK, harvests were significantly smaller than originally anticipated. Although many crops seemed to be in good condition in terms of their visual appearance, grain yields in many cases were disappointing due to an unexpectedly low TGW. The reasons for this are still not entirely clear, but numerous explanations have already been put forward.
Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) intends to invest heavily in its breeding business site at Thüle /Salzkotten (Germany), says the company spokesperson. A multi-purpose hall was inaugurated only recently, marking the completion of the first stage of a €10m+ construction project.
Crop breeding is all about looking to the future. As a traditional source of animal fodder, grassland has undergone relatively few 'revolutions' in recent decades, and in some cases has even been underrated. The demands placed on on-farm produced forage, however, have grown continually. So what can producers of home-grown forage expect in the next ten years?
The light and dark stripes or checks are clearly visible from the stand or on your own television screen, but where do they come from? Were different types of turf grasses used or did the groundsman paint them on?
Turf experts, and greenkeepers in particular, were frequently asked these and other questions during the UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
“Neither,” is the simple answer from Lars Obernolte, Turf Product Manager at Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), one of Europe's most successful breeders of turf grasses. “The pattern is produced by mowing. The mowers roll the grass in the direction of travel, creating shades of dark and light areas which are visible from a distance.”
With an annual turnover of more than 167 mio Euro Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is a growing company in the seed sector. With a new member of the Executive Board the company is preparing itself for the future. Clive Krückemeyer joined the DSV Executive Board as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in February 2016.
The German second Bundesliga team SC Paderborn 07 is building a new training centre for its professional and the youth teams. Besides the new buildings, that are still under construction, new football pitches are already installed. The conditions for the turf varieties seeded in November were difficult, nevertheless they are already very well established. The secret is in the composition of the blend.
Several new varieties strengthen DSV cereal portfolio
The DSV variety portfolio is strengthened by five new winter wheat and three spring wheat varieties as well as one winter barley variety for international distribution. With the new cereal portfolio DSV is well prepared for the international competition.
In the financial year 2014/15 Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) increased its sales by 26.8 percent and thus achieved the highest turnover since its foundation. The operating profit improved by 1.9 million Euros. Dividends of 0.08 Euros/share were approved.
The cultivation of winter oilseed rape in Europe remains at a high level
Winter oilseed rape is again one of the most important arable crops in Europe for 2015 sowing. According to the early estimates, in various places the sowing area throughout Europe this year is something more than 6 million ha and is therefore slightly smaller than last year
The largest spring oilseed rape breeding programme in Europe has been created by combining the resources of three companies (Deutsche Saatveredelung AG, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG and W. von Borries-Eckendorf GmbH & Co. KG).
Sebastian Breuing, green keeper at Werder Bremen, is convinced about DSV’s quality in turf grasses: “This summer we did a core renovation on 4 out of 8 training pitches. After seeding with a specialized DSV renovation mixture, these pitches turned to be the best training pitches we have ever had.”
On 30.06.2016 Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), Lippstadt, is resigning as a shareholder in I.G. Pflanzenzucht (I.G.), Munich. I.G. was responsible for DSV´s cereals distribution in Germany for a long time.
The separation has been decided by mutual consent after many years of successful collaboration. It is the result of the two organisations setting different agendas. DSV and I.G. with its 10 remaining shareholders see this decision as providing greater opportunities and potential for both sides for the future development of their company.
DSV successfully expands its internationally maize portfolio
In order to extend its market position in maize into other European maize markets, in cooperation with another German breeding concern, DSV has spent the last two years in setting up a wide-ranging test network across the whole of Europe. The first of these new varieties are already authorised in some countries, others are at the registration stage. In the Netherlands this year MOVANNA achieved a dry matter yield of rel. 102. These good results were confirmed in England with a relative dry matter yield of 103.
DSV quality convinces a Danish Super League football club
Because of its good positioning in the major European grass trials lists, DSV and its exceptional quality seeds came to the notice of the AGF Football Club in Denmark. Two of the successful club's training pitches have now been relaid with DSV grass varieties.