16th Nordic Herbage seed production seminar, 20-22 June 2016, Grimstad, Norway

Seminar Report 

The 16th Nordic herbage seed production seminar took place in Grimstad and Vestfold, Norway, from 20 to 22 June 2016. The objective of the seminar was to encourage communication between workers actively engaged in herbage seed production research and extension in the Nordic and Baltic countries.  A total of 48 delegates from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Estonia participated at the seminar.

 The seminar programme included 21 oral and 7 poster presentations within the five sections:  (1) Plant breeding / variety testing, (2) Plant protection, (3) New technology / knowledge sharing, (4) Useful and harmful insects in clover seed production and (5) Seed crop management. Abstracts and the full papers presented at the seminar can be downloaded as ‘Book of Abstracts’ and ‘Seminar Proceedings’, respectively.


Photo 1. Seminar venue at Strand Hotel Fevik

Included in the seminar programme were excursions to seed production research trials at NIBIO Landvik, Grimstad, and to practical seed producers of grasses and clovers in Vestfold, which is the main seed production county in Norway. In addition, social arrangement as seminar dinner at the seminar venue Strand hotel Fevik, Grimstad, and a boat trip along the coastline of Grimstad with the sail ship ‘Solrik’ was included in the programme.


Photo 2. Excursion to seed production trials at NIBO Landvik
Photo 3. Boat trip along the coast of Grimstad


The seminar was planned and arranged by an Organizing Committee consisting of Birte Boelt, Denmark, Gunilla Larsson, Sweden, Markku Niskanen, Finland and Lars T. Havstad, Norway. In addition, John Ingar Øverland, Trygve S. Aamlid and Elise K. Pedersen was involved in the practical organization of the seminar and field excursions in Grimstad and Vestfold.

Photo 4. Delegates attending the 16th Nordic herbage seed seminar in Grimstad

The Organizing Committee would like to acknowledge Tollef Grindstad, Norsk frøavlerlag and the Norwegian seed companies Felleskjøpet Agri, Strand Unikorn and Felleskjøpet Rogaland Agder for their financial support of the seminar. Thanks are also extended to the seed growers in Vestfold who hosted the field visits on the last day of the seminar.

The next Nordic herbage seed production seminar will be held in Sweden in 2020.


Lars T. Havstad
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
16th Nordic herbage seed production seminar