"We make an unparalleled investment of resources into R&D which gives our customers assurance that they are getting the best products across species."
PGG Wrightson Seeds has a proven history of delivering innovative forage products and technologies. Our entire focus is on utilising the best of science to maximise performance. Presently we have products including cereals and pasture species, tropical varieties and turf products. The range features varieties with unique characteristics such as disease and insect resistance, reduced water requirements, grazing tolerance, and tolerance to specific nutrient and mineral deficiencies. Our extensive investment in R&D has also led to a noticeable improvement in pasture genetics.
Over the last 25 years, PGG Wrightson Seeds has introduced more than 100 proprietary plant cultivars into Australia, each undergoing rigorous testing to ensure it delivers a step-change in production for the farmer. Fully committed to ongoing innovation, our R&D team only introduce a replacement product if it is demonstrably better than an existing variety. The genetic plant material is sourced from our breeding programmes in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and South America, in addition to our breeding partnerships with leading research organisations in Europe and North America. We have also developed a proprietary range of seed treatments that utilise the latest pesticide and inoculant technologies to improve seed germination and establishment.
Our dedicated R&D team of 10 staff in Australia work extensively with leading research and farmer groups. For example, through a joint venture with Dairy Futures CRC and Victoria DPI, we are the only seed company actively involved in the development of GMO grasses. Helping take Australia to the forefront of world farming practices, this cutting-edge technology has the potential to dramatically increase production on-farm. Our highly valued research partners include:
• Agriculture Victoria
• Cal/West Seeds
• Dairy Australia
• Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
• Future Farm Industries CRC
• NSW Department of Primary Industry
• Monash University
• Pristine Forage Technologies
• Plant and Food Research in New Zealand
• Queensland Department of Primary Industries
• Rural Industries Research and Development Cooperation (RIRDC)
• Tasmania Department of Primary Industry
• University of Queensland
• University of Sydney
Internationally we also have R&D alliances in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the USA, France and the Netherlands.
Our network of research facilities allows us to breed, evaluate and test our products under animal grazing prior to commercial release. This helps ensure the cultivars deliver the production gains anticipated. Over 200 trials are conducted annually at 15 different trial sites throughout the country. This is the largest replicated trial programme in pastures in Australia.
Research stations are located at:
• Leigh Creek, Ballarat
• UNE Armidale
This is in addition to the hundreds of trials that are run on the cultivars in New Zealand and South America. We also have technical experts providing growers with crop husbandry support, and agronomic teams providing advice on how best to utilise our products.
Ultimately, it’s all about ensuring farmers can extract the best value from every product where it matters most - on the farm.