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Nuseed US and Canada

Global strength, local development and support

The confidence that comes with world-class R&D, strict quality assurance protocols, plus locally proven hybrids and support is what you need in your fields. Through traditional sunflower breeding at our research and breeding station in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Nuseed continues to bring top yielding, high quality, herbicide and disease resistant hybrids for all three markets – oil, confection and conoil.

Nuseed is also preparing to enter the North American canola market. Our offer will include top performing commodity canola hybrids and an entirely new opportunity to produce land-based omega-3. Nuseed’s growth in North America is powered by our people and our collaborative business relationships with U.S. Distributor Legend Seeds, Canadian distributors, and R&D expertise from right here at home, and from around the world.

Breckenridge Nursery & Regional Office

Our sunflower hybrids are born and bred in the U.S., Nuseed’s regional office and sunflower nursery are in the heart of sunflower country near  Breckenridge, Minnesota.  We plant our nurseries in sunflower growing areas so that we have the same natural disease pressure as well as other factors that affect our customers’ crop. 

Developing new hybrids with different characteristics that perform and yield better than current options requires testing a huge number of hybrids. The program’s diversity and the variety of products the company is ready to move forward is unparalleled.  And it’s large enough to diversify across multiple seed types.

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Woodland Innovation Center

Nuseed’s facilities within North America also  include the state-of-the-art molecular lab and breeding nursery in Woodland, C.A., where seed production and the increase of inbred lines is carried out as well as the development of experimental hybrid seed.  The combined expertise of agronomists, breeders and molecular scientists is a vital asset to Nuseed’s global sunflower program.

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Top quality production crops

To make all of our new and innovative hybrids available for growers, we have a highly experienced production team who are responsible for managing large scale crops that produce high quality seed. They keep a very close eye on these crops throughout their lifecycle to ensure that all Nuseed seed meets the very high standards our customers expect.

Helpful and friendly service and support

As well as the expertise in our crop breeding teams, we’re also very proud of our immensely dedicated customer service, logistics, quality assurance and business services teams who make sure our seed is thoroughly tested and quality checked before it goes into the bags that are delivered to your seed supplier and make their way to your farm.

Nuseed Representatives

We have a team on the ground to help with any questions you have about our products. 

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Mark Jackson

General Manager, Nuseed Americas

As the North American General Manager Mark leads Nuseed’s business, teams, industry partnerships and growth strategies in the region.

Ross Hakes

Business Development

Ross has been with Nuseed since 2009. He is responsible for strategic sales and marketing. He has worked in the seed and crop protection industry in both the U.S. and internationally. Ross’ unique perspective will help identify and create sales opportunities that will foster a successful experience for your customers.

Fred Parnow

Canada Business Manager

Fred is fully responsible to the Canada Nuseed Sales Team providing strategic management through all facets of the business. Including product support, product management, market development, agronomic support, and more. The primary geography is Manitoba, where Nuseed commands over 90% of the confection sunflower market. Fred thrives on being in the field with the end customer, listening to their challenges and needs.

Alison Pokrzywinski

Sunflower Product Manager, North America

Alison started her career in agriculture as a sales agronomist in north central South Dakota working mainly with corn, soybeans, wheat, and sunflower. Her passion to help improve yield, oil content, disease tolerance, and lodging in sunflower led her to obtain her Master’s degree researching Genotype by Environment Interaction in Sunflowers for the Northern Plains at North Dakota State University while working in the USDA sunflower breeding program.

Trygg Olson

Field Sales Leader

As Field Sales Leader, Trygg Olson puts his 20 plus years in the retail agronomy business, as an agronomy manager and agronomist, to work for Nuseed customers. He’s responsible for Nuseed product support and market development for northern Minnesota, North Dakota and northwest South Dakota, as well as an increasing role in Nuseed’s Canadian sunflower business.“I love the opportunity to work with our dealers and growers to help them through the challenges they face. There is nothing better than being part of a successful harvest.”

Nick Tollefson

Field Sales Leader

Nick began his career in agriculture as an agronomist in Southeast North Dakota working mainly with soybeans and corn. He is passionate about helping customers achieve higher and more consistent yields and profit per acre. He is involved in product support and agronomy, as well as the market development of South Dakota. Nick loves spending time in the field with the customer, helping them through the challenges of today’s sunflower market.