UK farmers and merchants now have a new source of competitive agricultural varieties that challenges the status quo of established suppliers. Elsoms Seeds and Saaten Union have an impressive range of AHDB recommended and candidate cereals and oilseeds varieties, combined with a strong position in the burgeoning energy crop sector, a market leading hybrid cereals development programme, and a growing vining pea business.
The Elsoms Agricultural Team
 Over recent years, farmers have seen a steady reduction in the number of significant suppliers of new products and varieties to the market. Elsoms have reversed this trend by working with similarly innovative, independent, specialist and technically strong businesses across Europe to build a portfolio of impressive arable varieties that is now attracting strong interest from across the industry.
“The strength of the Elsoms programme is underlined by our wide range of wheat varieties that are available to farmers in 2017” said Adrian Hayler, Head of Elsoms Agricultural Division.  “This currently includes four AHDB candidate wheats, Bennington, Moulton, Freiston and Dunston, early maturing & high yielding AHDB recommended variety Belgrade, specialist alternative milling wheat Lennoxas well as hybrid wheats Hybery and Hylux.”

 “The launch of Trinity oilseed rape three years ago heralded the resurgence of our agricultural business,” commented Mark Nightingale, Elsoms Oilseed Rape Breeder. “This year we have built on this success with Elgar, newly recommended by AHDB, which has taken a major share of winter oilseed rape whilst AHDB candidate Skyehas made a good start, being marketed exclusively by United Oilseeds”.

The Elsoms portfolio now encompasses oats, barley, spring oats and spring malting barley. AHBD candidate varieties of spring oats and spring malting barley were showcased at Cereals this year and performed well in this year’s official trials. 
Acorn spring barley demonstrated impressive malting potential combined with excellent disease resistance, whilst Chanson is a new null lox variety that provides growers with a real leap forward in terms of yield,” said Elsoms Seed Sales Specialist, George Goodwin. “Both oat varieties, Harmony and Yukon look promising and have attracted promising interest from merchants.”

The rapid growth of the energy crop sector over the last three years has driven one of the biggest changes in arable cropping since the expansion of the oilseed rape market in in the 1990’s. Elsoms energy crop team of Heather Oldfield and Jonathan Baxendale, in combination with Saaten Union’s Bio Energy Division led by Dr Joachim Moeser, have worked closely with energy companies, merchants, famers, advisors and contractors to help develop the most efficient way of producing crops for energy production. Whilst maize remains the foundation of most energy crop programmes, many farmers are realising the considerable benefits that can be achieved by a sophisticated and integrated rotation that includes hybrid rye, triticale, energy beet and catch and cover crops as well as maize.  
Heather Oldfield, Energy and Forage Crops Manager, Elsoms, commented “Our hybrid rye varieties such as SU Performer and SU Drive continue to take a major share of this growing market and we have developed an exciting maize portfolio to combine with our established triticale varieties to provide farmers with an extensive range of energy crop options.”

Adrian Hayley, Head of the Agricultural Division, Elsoms, added “We have been delighted by the support we have received from across the agricultural sector over the last few years as our arable business has grown and we are proud that we can offer UK farmers a real alternative choice of a wide range of competitive varieties,”.
To find out more about the Elsoms rapidly expanding range of agricultural seed and the success of our varieties in 2016 trials, please visit our enthusiastic crop management teams on stand 138 at CropTec 2016 on 29–30 November at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.