OreGro Research uses proven technology and equipment to perform the various functions needed on our research farm while maintaining frugality in investments and expense. Our emphasis is on developing cultivars that will satisfy specific needs in the market, including special projects that select for salt tolerance, drought tolerance, wear tolerance, winter hardiness, and disease resistance. Our research uses traditional methods of full and half-sib crossing systems, with recurrent phenotypic selection and population improvement. We do not utilize gene transfer or artificial genetic manipulation at this time.
We emphasize turf and forage grasses, legumes, and forage cereals. Ongoing breeding and development efforts include all the major turf and forage grasses, including perennial ryegrass, annual ryegrass, tall fescue, orchardgrass, and fine fescues. Forage legume breeding includes white clover, crimson clover, red clover, arrowleaf clover, vetches, peas, and others. Forage cereals include oats, barley, triticale, and wheat.
OreGro Research does not hesitate to explore all resources to provide the variety needs of the company. We use cooperative research with universities and commercial seed companies, coupled with Oregon based breeding programs, to fill any portfolio gaps. Varietal development takes three to eight years from start to commercialization of a new variety. We make every effort to stay ahead of the market and to provide improved varieties to satisfy our customers.