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The timeline of P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH
1931 Founded by Peter Hartwig Petersen in Unewatt (Angeln)
1938 Propagation of marrow-stem kale and swedes
1943 Storage expansion in Husby - 1500 tonne capacity
1962 Paul Baecker joins as Head of Seed Cultivation
1962 Erection of a new building covering 1,200 sq metres in Lundsgaard with offices, cleaning plants and warehouse
1969 A. Sören Petersen joins the company. Purchase of the Schneider company. New focus: Cultivation and seed production for catch crops.
1969 PARCOUR German ryegrass makes the grass greener
1971 Joined SAATEN-UNION GmbH as an associate
1974 A. Sören Petersen takes over management of the company
1978 Protection for ANGELIA, the first variety of phacelia in Germany
1980 Approval of the world’s first catch crop varieties to biologically fight beet cyst nematodes: PEGLETTA oil radish
1982 Joined Hybro GbR as an associate. Cultivation and propagation of hybrid rye.
1987 KRAKA winter wheat successful in Germany, approval of LUKAS winter triticale
1988 Synbrid® winter rye varieties MERKATOR & DOMINATOR widely distributed throughout Europe
1996 Foundation and main shareholder of Raps GbR. Cultivation and propagation of quality rapeseed.
1996 World’s first oil radish variety COLONEL achieves resistance class 1 against beet cyst nematodes.
1998 Paul Baecker, long-serving Head of Seed Cultivation, retires. Michaela Schlathölter takes over his responsibilities.
1999 EIFFEL is the largest variety of German winter peas
2002 Introduction of first varieties and mixtures for biofumigation
2004 DEFENDER oil radish opens up a new performance category with multi-level resistance
2007 Climate-controlled greenhouse is built
2010 Approval of PRATEX, Germany's first variety of bristle oat, to fight pratylenchus penetrans (root-knot nematodes)
2010 Matz Petersen joins as manager
2011 Outsourcing of rapeseed activities and strategic reorientation focussing on catch crops, legumes and cereals
2012 Successful introduction of viterra® catch crop mixtures
2013 New 18,000 sq metre seed preparation plant built in Sárbogárd, Hungary
2016 A. Sören Petersen passes the torch on to his son Matz Petersen and focuses on new projects
2015 Two mixture plants built in Lundsgaard with a capacity of over 100 tonnes/day
2016 Approval of BIRGIT field beans specially suited for ecological farming
2017 Introduction of viterra® eco-mixtures
2019 Approval of new legumes for catch crop use, common vetches NEON and ARGON