Breeding of different crops at Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht (NPZ) nowadays has a tradition going back more than 120 years. In 1897, young Hans Lembke started breeding after taking over his parents’ farm in its tenth generation, and decided early to work on improving the breed of available native varieties in a targeted way.

Starting with rape, wild turnip, red clover, grass varieties, winter wheat, oats and potatoes, our breeding today has now specialised on winter oilseed rape, spring oilseed rape, field beans, grain peas and fodder plants such as perennial rye-grass and red clover, for example.

In addition to classical breeding of selected parental lines, biotechnology is also used in modern plant breeding.