Why seeds and traits matter to us

Good seed is the foundation of a great harvest. Every farmer knows that, and we’re determined to supply the very best. That often means creating hybrid seeds, which involves crossing different species to improve their best features.


Scientists call the effect heterosis (hybrid vigor), while for farmers, it means higher yields, hardier plants and a better-quality harvest. For example, rice, oilseed rape, corn and cotton farmers have seen their balance sheet transformed by the improvements. It’s no surprise that, in China, more than 50 per cent of the rice crop is hybrid, and in the US, over 90 per cent of corn.

The world’s farmers also need open-pollinated seeds– and we supply these too, making sure  they are high quality and well adapted to their environment.








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