Brotherton Seed Co., Inc.

Since W. Brotherton Seed Co., Inc., was established in 1936, an unwavering commitment to quality has enabled them to win the confidence and trust of food processors worldwide. Today, Brotherton Seed represents the experience of four generations of seed producers.

Plant breeders at Brotherton research laboratory in Moses Lake, Washington, headed by Dr. John Wamatu, conduct nursery operations and field trials in the Columbia Basin and Skagit Valley of Washington state, and in Europe, to keep pure lines of established varieties and select new lines to develop new varieties.

Brotherton varieties are evaluated in trials throughout the world for performance, quality and adaptation. Brotherton Seed operates three production plants in central Washington, shipping nearly 40 percent of annual sales to export markets.

In May 1992, Brotherton Seed Company acquired the total research germplasm and gene pool of pea and bean varieties from van Waveren, our German trading partner of two decades. This gene material - collected during the past 100 years from gene centres all over the world - is proving to be an indispensable addition to the already substantial gene pool.

Recognized for outstanding scientific accomplishments for pea improvement, especially for pioneering work in developing multi-podded varieties of high yield potential suitable for commercial use, Brotherton Seed today is fully committed to an innovative research program.

Brotherton Seed's primary research objective is to anticipate the needs of processors with varieties to fit changing quality requirements.