Staphyt has expanded its seed experimental network into Russia in response to customer requests. The new seed station will be based in Grishin, close to Volgograd (Kekvidze District) and will be operational next spring. The climate is continental, with cold and dry winters (average of 6-7C°), and hot summers (average of 23°C). The annual rainfall averages 370-400 mm. In the heart of a rich agricultural basin, the crops include sunflowers, cereals, (wheat, triticale, barley, rice), sorghum, canary-seed, mustard, vegetables crops, and melons. This station will be under the management of Artur Kamilanov, an experienced agronomist in variety trials.
In Hungary, Staphyt is already based in Szolnok and opens a second station in the southwest, in Lengyeltóti. From spring 2018, seeds services and demonstration trials will be possible. The new site of Lengyeltóti is located 140 km from the Austrian border and 160 km from Budapest. The proximity of the Balaton lake creates a particular continental climate, less dry in the summer compared to Szolnok and the rainfall is about 600-800 mm per year. During the winter, the coldest temperatures can reach -10 to -15°C.
This region is rich in orchards and is known for its nut production. The maize production zone of Kaposvár is located only 40 km from the station. Other crops are available, including rape, sunflower, winter wheat, winter barley, vine, stone fruits, field vegetables, and melons. The station is managed by Miklós Villanyi, who will lead a team of eight agronomists who are in charge of the trial programs in Hungary.