Since we have started plant breeding at Edelhof we increased from a business of local dimension to a breeding station with international market.
At the beginning of the 20th century starting with winter rye and spring oat, we now work with winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, winter rye, winter oats and spring oats.
In our times Saatzucht Edelhof is the only cereal breeder in Austria breeding new Austrian varieties of winter rye, spring and winter oats and spring barley!
A breeder has to work at least 10 years from the beginning of a crossing until registration of a new variety.
For breeding new varieties we use cross breeding followed by selection of ears or plants.
Ears or plants that differ from motherlines are selected in the second and third generation.
In the fourth generation healthy and promising ears or plant offsprings are harvested. The first drilling occurs in the fifth generation. At this time important agronomical characteristics are faced and agronomically important analysis are made.
There is a lot of interest from foreign partner companies in our varieties and we already have variety registrations in lots of European countries. The marketing of our varieties is done by our partner of many years, the seed department of Raiffeisen Ware Austria. The multiplication contracts are finalised between the Raiffeisen Warehouse and multiplication farmers.