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Field seeds

A major player in field seeds

Vilmorin & Cie creates, produces and distributes field seeds for farmers.

Corn, wheat, sunflower and rapeseed are the four strategic crops defined by Vilmorin & Cie. Two of them are global: corn and wheat. Providing a multi-species offer, Vilmorin & Cie also develops a diversified portfolio of crops adapted to each region where it operates : barley, soybean, millet, rice and pulse. Vilmorin & Cie’s field seeds activities cover Europe, North America, and, since 2010, South America, Asia and Africa.

Field seeds in Europe

Corn, straw cereals (wheat and barley), sunflower and rapeseed, which represent the core products of Vilmorin & Cie’s portfolio in Europe, are powerful creators of value, in the short-, medium- and long-term.

Vilmorin & Cie optimizes the market cover in Europe through:

  • a product line segmented according to strategic interest,
  • a specific marketing and commercial approach in particular through privileged commercial partnerships with European cooperative distribution networks.

Corn seeds in North America(2) (United States and Canada)

AgReliant, a 50/50 joint venture set up in July 2000 with the German seed group KWS, breeds, produces and sells corn and soybean seeds in the United States and Canada. Research, production, distribution and administration are all today fully pooled. AgReliant is today positioned as the third largest player on the corn market in the United Stated, which is the largest world market for value.
(2) Bearing in mind the application of the standard IFRS 11, AgReliant has been recorded in the accounts using the equity method since fiscal year 2014-2015.

Field seeds in development zones

In 2010 Vilmorin & Cie made the strategic choice to internationalize its field seeds activities on markets with strong potential for development: South America, Asia (India, China and South East Asia) and Africa.

At the same time the Company has crossed into new areas beyond Europe and Australia for wheat. Vilmorin & Cie is now present in other major areas of world wheat production, in particular the United States and Canada.


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