Legumes are mostly grown in mixtures with grasses and only lucerne is used to some extent in pure stands. The main breeding goals are improved persistence and increased dry matter yield of good quality, in combination with high and reliable seed yield.
Red clover is the main forage legume in our breeding program, but white clover and lucerne are also in focus.
Alsike clover was formerly common in mixtures but is currently a minor species. SW Seed has breeding programmes for the major species. All these programmes are located in Svalöv except for red clover, which also has a separate breeding programme for Northern Sweden, located in Lännäs.
Selection of basic material is conducted both under field and greenhouse conditions when selecting for improved disease resistance