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How to handle turf in winter

Winter survival is the percentage of plants of sown varieties at the start of growth in spring. Every spring when the ground begins to thaw, you find yourself faced with the task of field recovery.

There are steps, which can be taken to maintain your turf during the cold months.

COUNTRY MultiLife fits on every farmplan

Farmland is costly and each time it turns out to be the basic for a good economically running business. Each farmer knows his/her parcels really good, knows the good and bad pieces and knows that not every parcel is the same. Hence that not once crop or mixture will fit on the total farm plan. Therefore, the importance to go through the farmplan and to find the right suitable mixtures for your parcels and crop rotation is rising.

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG with record results for the second year in a row

In the 2019/2020 financial year, German plant breeding and seed company Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) was able to match its record results of the previous year. The group generated sales of 203 million euros and EBT of 11 million euros. The shareholders decided to pay a dividend of EUR 0.08 per share as in the previous year.

DSV quality laboratory receives private approval

The quality laboratory of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has officially qualified as a private laboratory to participate in seed testing within the national quality testing of rape seed. This was confirmed by the responsible state certification authority on 15 October 2020. DSV now has one of only two laboratories certified for this purpose in Germany. This follows the accreditation by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) for rapeseed at the beginning of 2019.

DSV delighted with the performance of new cereal varieties in international markets

New winter barley and wheat varieties resulting from breeding programmes conducted by the International plant breeding and seed company Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), are now gaining in popularity across Europe, the company has announced.


Why lawn grows slowly

Grasses have a wide range of uses - for example as forage or lawn grass.

When it comes to quality turf, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG has an excellent selection of products. In the DSV breeding station in Asendorf (near Bremen), in addition to agricultural species, lawn grasses are bread and cultivated on an area of 200 ha.

Minimizing risk with the right variety strategy in winter wheat

Because of the climate change, more and more weather extremes appear during the year. Distinct spring drought is disturbing the tillering of the plants. Early heat periods in the summertime lead to quick ripening. Years with delayed harvest due to rain falls, require varieties with stable hagberg falling number. The mild winters of the last years are interrupted once in a while by extreme frost events in spring time which are not predictable.

DSV cereal breeding is on a successful course

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is pleased about its internationally successful cereal breeding. This year, outstanding winter barley and wheat varieties especially in resistance, could be registered in the UK, France and Germany.

The benefits of quality forage grass

High quality forage grass has several benefits. Like efficient use of input like proteins and phosphorus, less pressure on the environment and of course a higher milk production and higher milk protein levels.  

DSV introduces rapeseed varieties with multiple resistances to the market

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is launching new rapeseed varieties on the European markets that are equipped with multiple resistances. Many years of breeding have brought extensive success. Health and yield secure production in rapidly changing environments.

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG exceeds growth targets

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is delighted with its result for fiscal year 2018/2019. The company clearly exceeded its targets. At the Annual General Meeting in December, DSV Executive Board Members Dr. Eike Hupe and Clive Krückemeyer proudly reported that DSV achieved a record result along with an excellent sales increase in Germany. The meeting therefore adopted the payment of a dividend of €0.08 per share.

The DSV quality laboratory is the first non-governmental laboratory in Germany to receive ISTA accreditation for oilseed rape

In the spring of 2019, the quality laboratory of the plant breeding company Deutsche Saatveredelung AG which is headquartered in Lippstadt, Germany, was the first German laboratory of a commercial company to receive accreditation for oilseed rape by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). DSV will use this qualification to support the quality of their international seed business.

Species-rich cover crop mixtures render the main crop more efficient and improve the water balance

Even in dry years non-winter hardy cover crops do not compete for water with the subsequent main crop and even improve the soil water balance. This is a result of the German Federal research project "CATCHY".

Crop rotation benefits from cover crops

Extreme years like 2018 show that main crops suffer greatly in adverse weather conditions. The effects on the plants cannot be prevented, but cover crops are a helpful instrument for obtaining resistant plant populations. This is demonstrated by studies from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) CATCHY project.

Never again barley yellow dwarf virus: the first resistant multi-rowed winter barley approved for the German Market

Barley yellow dwarf virus has spread all over the world and is one of the viruses with the most economically devastating effects in cereal-growing. Until now it could be countered only by chemical methods or limited agricultural measures. Now Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) has brought the first resistant multi-rowed winter barley with German approval from its in-house breeding programme on to the German market.

The secret is in the mixture

There are many different lawn blends in the market and usually the composition of a mixture is functional. Different species occur as a main component in a mixture depending on the requirements of the lawn.

Angenendt enters retirement

After more than 40 years of working at Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), the company has now bid farewell to Johannes Peter Angenendt – Executive Board Member and Managing Director for the last 18 years, and also a respected personality in the seed industry.

New thinking could make benefits of companion crops in oilseed rape a reality

Drilling a companion crop or seed mixture alongside oilseed rape could help control pests and add valuable nutrition to soils, new thinking is suggesting.

OSR watch UK May 2019 | Don´t be complacent about clubroot

The tighter arable rotations used by growers in recent years, an increasing number of large mixed farming operations and greater use of brassica elements in cover crops is making Clubroot a growing threat to UK oilseed rape growers.

DSV at Cereals event in UK

A range of high yielding oilseed rapes with added agronomic functionality will be showcased by seed breeders DSV UK at Cereals 2019.

One of the key features will be DSV’s new Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) resistant oilseed rape variety Temptation which has one of the strongest all-round production and agronomic packages in the new 2019/20 AHDB RL.

Turnip Yellows Virus – the underestimated threat in oilseed rape cultivation

Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) – originally thought to be insignificant, this virus is now spreading at lightning speed across Europe’s oilseed rape fields, reports German plant breeding company Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV). Transmitted by aphids, the virus causes damage to plants that is difficult to detect and results in yield losses of up to 30%.  The only effective measure is to grow resistant varieties of oilseed rape.

Oilseed rape in Argentina

Rapeseed is the third mostly grown oilseed in the world, while today it is still a niche crop in South American countries and not known by many farmers. Nevertheless, oilseed rape fits perfectly to the conditions in most countries in the southern hemisphere and it offers a huge potential for farmers due to the high profits. It also helps to diversify the crop rotation and improves soil fertility.

PlantHUB- Strengthening partnerships between academia and industry

DSV is currently participating in an innovative new research programme from the European Union aimed at fostering scientific partnerships between academia and industry. This programme, entitled PlantHUB - Boosting technology transfer and responsible research and innovation in plant sciences, is funded from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and gives ten doctoral students the opportunity to organize their research projects evenly between an academic and industrial partner.

Reseeding season 2019

The record temperatures above 30 degrees in the summer 2018 were a tough test for all turfgrass areas. The damages of these areas range from small spots to large-scale burned areas. Is it possible that turfgrass regenerates itself after such extreme damages?

We can do turfgrasses

We proudly present the latest results of our turfgrass varieties in the STRI Table 2019 of BSPB. Once again we have made it to the top!
With four of our turfgrass varieties of the species Lolium Perenne, DSV is at the top of the BSPB in the table “sport uses”. Our varieties Europitch, Eurodiamond, Eurocordus and Eurosport received an excellent award, especially in the categories live ground cover, shoot density and fineness of leaf.

DSV is seeing continued growth

On the occasion of its Annual General Meeting on December 11, 2018, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) once again presented a highly positive result. The company successfully expanded its global business despite a challenging market environment.

Watch out for cabbage stem flea beetle and other pests

Within the first 45 days oilseed rape is a very vulnerable crop that needs to be protected from biotic and abiotic stresses. The biggest threat in the very early stages is a feeding damage by insect pests such as cabbage stem flea beetle and root maggots.

Shrinking winter oilseed rape area in Europe

The last harvest campaign of winter oilseed rape ended with mixed feelings. After very challenging conditions in many countries during the whole season, also the yields were below long-term average in most regions.

10-year celebration for DSV UK Ltd

This year, DSV UK Ltd had officially been trading in the UK for 10 years! In those ten years, DSV UK has developed into a well-known company amongst the trade and the farming community.

Harvest 2018: A grower from Lincolnshire breaks his rapeseed yield world record

Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman has broken his own world record for oilseed rape yield with a harvested crop of more than 7t/ha by encouraging good rooting and cutting plant stress in the summer heatwave.

Strong oilseed rape portfolio for the coming season

DSV has put together a strong portfolio for the Europe-wide 2018 oilseed rape season.

Farmers at the mercy of unseasonal weather

European farmers have been plagued by persistent bouts of unseasonal weather since autumn, and the effects are evident in almost every type of crop. The oilseed rape survived the winter without major losses, despite difficult sowing conditions in parts of Northern Europe and drought in the South.

DSV Pro turf grass at the Dynamo Stadium in Minsk

The Dynamo Stadium has already obtained approvals for the highest categories of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). And it surely deserves its rightful place on the long list of visitor attractions in Belarus and its capital city. The Dynamo National Olympic Stadium is the leading sports arena in Belarus and the national team’s home ground.

DSV at the top of the Danish league

Because of the strong portfolio of DSV sports turfgrasses – especially in official ranking lists regarding suitability of turfgrasses for sports uses - the Danish football club Brøndby IF has decided to use DSV genetics in the future.

Species-rich mixtures - Marketing launch in the Netherlands

Most pastures in Western Europe are mainly based on Lolium Perenne. This species got a good production and top feeding quality. The management of forage grasses is top sport. Everything must be on point: fertilization, moisture supply, disease pressure and soil life. In practice we see that the soil quality 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. Top performing cover crops are widely used to tackle above problems. For years, DSV is leading with its cover crop mixture programme TerraLife®. We know that the combination of the right plant species stimulate the soil life resulting in healthier plants.

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.

Development of winter rape cultivation in Europe

According to current estimates, the area under winter oilseed rape cultivation in Europe has fallen by approx. 3% compared with the previous year to 7.94 million hectares.

Trends in winter oilseed rape breeding

From a breeder’s point of view, the 2016/2017 oilseed rape growing season proved very successful for the DSV, with its varieties performing strongly in trials in several countries.

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.

VALERIO - A new perennial ryegrass with outstanding traits

The perennial ryegrass Valerio marks an important step forward in forage grass breeding for Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV).

DSV invests in France

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.

Making the turf grow - Innovative seed technology

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.


Opportunities for species-rich grasslands

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 introduces seed technology innovation

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.

New DSV presence in South America

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.

HOLL-niche product offers great opportunities

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.

Good oilseed rape prospects after winter

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.

New cover crop highlights for DSV

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.

Three new maize varieties approved for DSV in UK

Three new high-performance maize hybrids have been approved for the first time for DSV in the UK.

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.


Winter oilseed rape on the increase

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.

DSV maintains its market position

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.

DynaSeed breaks all records

The German football club Werder Bremen installed a new training pitch with DynaSeed treated seeds and this broke all establishment records.

Werder Bremen was before finalizing their new HybridTurf training pitch when they decided to count on DSV´s DynaSeed seed technology.

Oilseed rape harvest 2016 – mixed messages

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.

DSV invests in the oilseed breeding business

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.

Grassland 2026 - what can we expect?

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?

Where do the stripes on stadium turf come from?

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.”

DSV is Germany’s leading wheat breeder

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) continues to be the no. 1 wheat breeder in Germany.

DSV with new member of the Executive Board  

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.


DSV turf varieties delight German football club

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.


DSV achieves record sales

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

Success in spring oilseed rape breeding

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).

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG expands its cover crop breeding activity

DSV is one of the pioneers in the cultivation of cover crops. For more than 90 years we have been studying the breeding of various cover crops.

Christoph Lüdecke leaves the executive board of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG
For a healthy lawn choose DSV turf varieties

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.”

DSV resigns as shareholder in I.G. Pflanzenzucht

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.

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