DSV United Kingdom Ltd is relatively new, only being established here in February 2008. However DSV varieties have been sold in the UK for 25 years, through various agencies. The oilseed rape programme has been very successful over many years, from Libravo (winner of the NIAB challenge cup in 1991) to the current AHDB Recommended List 2017/2018, where Incentive, Dariot, Marathon and Sparrow are the leading hybrid oilseed varieties. Incentive is a strong variety on the AHDB Recommended List. Sparrow is also leading the way as a candidate oilseed rape variety.
Mirakel is currently the number one spring rape variety on the AHDB Descriptive List with the highest gross output and yield. Ability oilseed rape has also become the UK's favourite variety for spring sowing in 2017 and Doktrin remains one of the highest perfoming varieties on the Descriptive List.
DSV UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), based in Lippstadt Germany. It employs twelve full time staff. DSV UK is responsible for sales and marketing of varieties to the UK seed trade as well as company administration, advertising and the organisation of the Cereals Event.
The Wardington trial site was taken over by DSV UK in July 2008 after the creation of the DSV UK’s business. Wardington is located between Oxford and Birmingham near Banbury.
DSV Wardington was established in 2007 when Tim Ball and Graham Urquhart moved to Top Dawkins Barn (Wardington) with existing grass and wheat breeding work. Their previous site was nearby, however the land there was heavy. Wardington has easier soil conditions, with sandy loams, therefore better for trial work.
There are eight staff at Wardington, operating trials on a total of 30ha. John Sweatman is responsible for managing the site, and the UK rape seed trial network. Tim Ball and Jamie Cotton are breeding forage grasses, and Dr Matt Kerton is our wheat breeder. For breeding and technical assistance we have a strong team of Graham Urquhart, Matthew Denney, Natalie Vallone and Jennifer Campbell.
Equipment and Facilities
The site has a large storage capacity for essential agricultural machinery such as sprayers, drills, and tractors required by a busy breeding station. The farm has excellent breeding and testing facilities, including good quality soils, polytunnels and a greenhouse with a fully automated environmental control system.
Activities carried out on the site
Work includes running Recommended List and National List trials in winter oilseed rape, forage grass and wheat. The main work on the site is to develop varieties to the pre national list stage, and there is an extensive network of DSV trials throughout relevant regions of the UK in order to gain a complete picture of variety performance.