We develop competitive silage and grain maize hybrids for European key markets and maturity zones. The Dow Seeds maize breeding program foundation was developed through the merger of three established regional European breeding programs in 2008 with on top of it the access to our competitive American breeding programs.
Bred for the better, tested for your specific field
Our broad network of six European breeding stations allows us to easily identify which germplasm is best adapted to which region and climate zone. This enables us to put all our efforts in developing outstanding hybrids which are perfectly adapted to your specific region, soil condition and climate.
The secret behind our maize hybrids: The breeding strategy
For our maize segments, we focus our breeding strategy on reducing the cycle length of parental components and hybrid development. Dow Seeds uses state-of-the-art innovative breeding technologies such as high throughput molecular markers, dihaploids for inbred line development and efficient silage quality parameter evaluation with near infrared spectroscopy to ensure maximum genetic gain per time period.
On top of these key technologies, Dow Seeds Europe benefits from the significant investment that Dow AgroSciences has put in place in the last decade with advanced technologies supporting genotyping, phenotyping and predictive models. The investment in these technologies is the guarantee for more competitive hybrids reaching the European market place both short and long term.
Dow Seeds Europe has been investing massively in Europe with the opening of 3 brand new breeding stations in the last 2 years. Two of them in France, Chateau-Renault in 2013 and Carcares in 2014 as well as one in Hungary in Szeged in 2014.