Largest increase in company’s history
INKERMAN — Sevita International has rolled out 13 new soybean varieties — including seven IP varieties — for the 2022 growing season — the largest single-year increase in the company’s 25-year history — and plans to add another 10 varieties in 2023.
And to assist growers in their seed selection, the Canadian-owned and-operated soybean company has launched an online plot comparison tool that lets growers compare variety performance in on-farm plots across the country. Featuring five years’ worth of agronomic data from on-farm plots, users can compare varieties head-to-head by both yield and revenue potential. (See sevita.com to access the new tool.)
Sevita is best known for arranging the local production of human-edible soybeans for export to Japan and other points in the far east, where soybeans are a popular breakfast dish.
“Our specialty is Canadian soybean genetics for Canadian farmers, so we value the feedback of our growers. Sevita makes sure we consider farmer needs and their growing conditions carefully when making breeding decisions and bringing new varieties to market,” says John Van Herk, Product Development and Agronomy Manager at Sevita. “And through our export team, we work very closely with our buyers and end-use manufacturers around the world to develop new varieties with unique characteristics that will meet their specific needs.”
Among this year’s 13 new varieties are 7 that have been added to the company’s roster of food-grade soybeans — plus 6 conventional, traited varieties. The new food-grade beans are the latest product of Sevita’s own development program, and they’re intended to fill geographical gaps in the Sevita lineup and to meet special growing condition requirements, such as soybean cyst resistance, according to the company. The remaining six varieties will offer growers “more flexibility with planting decisions and complement their food-grade bean production.”