We are determined to continue the philosophy of our sister company, Semillas Papalotla, and offer our customers a broad array of forage seeds to choose from for the diverse climates and soil conditions that exist in our markets. The varieties we commercialize are the product of research carried out by Semillas Papalotla in its facilities at CIPAT in Mexico. Several years of research and analyses are required before a variety can be released for commercialization. Research aims to prove the value of a variety in many different areas in terms of adaptability and persistence under different climate (precipitation, temperature) and soil conditions, prevalence of diseases and pests, and grazing habits.
Agreements with different universities, such as Ubon Ratchathani University in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, and the University of Florida, USA, at its Ona Research Station, allow us to further validate and develop these varieties for our markets. We have successfully launched varieties for different soil conditions such as high, medium, and low fertility, acid or alkaline, sandy, clay, heavy, and waterlogged; varieties that are drought tolerant and suitable for areas with low annual precipitation; varieties resistant to pests and diseases; and others with high levels of protein and digestibility that produce large amounts of dry and green matter.
For example, at Ubon Ratchathani University, forage research currently focuses on:
Ongoing seed storage trials have shown that the seed of most forage grasses stored under normal conditions at room temperature die within 1 year of storage. However, storing the same seeds under controlled cool and low humidity conditions prolongs seed germination. Pelleting and/or acid scarification does not alter this result.
Our main seed production areas are located in northeastern Thailand and in the People’s Republic of Laos, where we directly subcontract production with more than 1000 small-scale producers at the village level, offering them technical assistance to ensure the production of high-quality seed. We also sell seed produced by Semillas Papalotla in Mexico and Brazil. In addition, joint trials are currently being carried out with the Australian company Heritage Seeds to analyze the possibility of producing seed in Australia.