The main facility Lilienhof in Probstdorf accomodates our breeding facility and seed treatment plants.
This is where our certified Probstdorfer Z-seeds for our local farmers, as well as preliminary and base seed batches for further seed production and international license partners, are prepared.
Lilienhof has its roots in the 1920s. In 1963, the construction of the first grain silo marked the beginning of the successive upgrading process of our treatment facilities. At the moment, Probstdorfer Saatzucht runs 5 modern, state-ot-the-art production lines for cereals, legumes, oil seeds and corn. Another plant for small-scale propagations, a cooling hall and a fumigation hall, different drying plants and a color sorting machine increase our flexibility and vigor. Today, loose seeds are mainly stored in containers.
Probstdorfer Saatzucht not only stands for consistent breeds, it also stands for employee continuity. This means that many of our employees begin and end their professional life in our company. Our staff has a lot of experience and professionalism with operating the treatment machines and handling the seeds. In the end, this constitutes the first pillar of the high Probstdorfer seed quality.
The second pillar are the seed propagators. On about 4,000 ha, Probstdorfer Saatzucht cooperates with 350 local farmers to produce high-end seeds for almost every type of cereal, legumes, soybean and corn. Many propagation partners are cooperating with Probstdorfer Saatzucht in their third generation now.
Salmhof – situated in the township of Marchegg, on the outskirts of the March floodplains in the eastern part of the Marchfeld region – became part of the Mauthner Group in 1978. Here, on the foothills of the pannonic lowlands, agriculture and forestry are being practized on nearly 500 ha.
On Salmhof, the emphasis lies on the propagation of wheat, barley, rye, field bean, field pea, soybean and canola seeds. Our principle is to practice sustainable, integrated agriculture, with the aim of producing high-quality seeds and, at the same time, preserving and supporting our nature and environment. Furthermore, Salmhof serves as an experimental site for new breeds and seed treatments.
In addition to traditional field cultivation, ecological aspects have been implemented into our management ever since. For example, several grazing meadows for storks, conservation lots, as well as a natural forest lot and several extensive short rotational plantations have been created in addition to the statutory fallows to preserve and support biodiversity.