Sustainability is a hot topic now, and it’s great to see that there is a growing awareness of the impact that agriculture can have on the environment. However, improving such aspects as yield, fiber digestibility and disease resistance have always been important goals for farmers and researchers.
Advancements in technology and breeding programs have led to improvements in the longevity and persistence of many forage species. Disease resistance is a critical area of focus for growers as forages can be susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases such as Aphanomyces root rot in alfalfa. It is important to develop more highly resistant varieties to ensure a sustainable and reliable supply.
The historically slower lifecycle of forages may present challenges, but the advancements in technology along with DLF’s global network of testing and exchanging of material within portfolios have helped to speed up the development process.
The ability to share information and data across different regions and environments is particularly valuable for forage crops, which can have different performance characteristics depending on the growing conditions. The success of DLF’s orchardgrass variety Captur across numerous continents is a great example of how global synergies can lead to the development of more versatile and widely adapted varieties.
DLF’s global network allows for the marketing of similar varieties across different regions. This leads to more consistency and efficiency in seed production and distribution, as well as increased access to high-performing varieties for farmers around the world.
Even though the global network and collaboration can facilitate the sharing of information and varieties across regions, it’s still very important to recognize that different markets can have different needs and preferences. Localized product development and replicated trials are crucial for evaluating how well a variety will perform in a specific environment and meeting the needs of that market.
Having our global network allows us to leverage the strengths of different regions and environments, and brings in genetic diversity that may not already be present. This can lead to the development of new and improved varieties that may have otherwise not been possible.