There is a new name in soybean seeds, and that name is Donmario. This name is not new on the global seed market, but they are making their first offerings in the United States.
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Donmario is one of the largest soybean and genetics companies in the world but has never been available in the United States. The company will have its U.S. headquarters in Gibson City, Illinois. The company states they are “dedicated to providing soybean growers in the US with the highest yielding soybeans on the market, packaged together with the latest traits, technology, and extensive agronomic insight.”
Ignacio Bartolome, the United States and Canada Business Director for Donmario’s parent company GDM, says “We believe the time is right for a family-owned seed brand, with world-class genetics and a customer-first orientation to have success in the United States. We have been developing exciting new varieties in the US for over 12 years, and believe growers are going to be very pleased with the results of our elite breeding program.”
The company has over 100 yield research locations in the U.S. and tests over 100,000 soybean varieties annually. They operate breeding centers in Illinois, Arkansas, and will expand to Southwest Minnesota in 2019.
Bartolome says, “We expect Donmario to be a national brand here in the US. We have great respect for the productivity of the American farmer and believe they are exactly the type of producers who find value in a brand like Donmario. We know how to put the customer first and develop elite genetics, and these are the type of progressive growers that appreciate that focus and capability.”