Once a variety is selected for production and bacic seed procured, this seed is produced under contract by expierienced seed growers in fields carefully chosen for their fertility and disease and weed free status.
During the growing season the basic seed crops are monitored by an Inspector from the Department of Agriculture, to ensure plant health and purity is maintained. At harvest, careful attention is devoted to segregation and seed quality, a traceability system is used to track the seed as it moves through the drying, cleaning, storage, screening and seed treatment processes.
Once a load of seed coming from the field is sampled and accepted at the intake, it moves to segregated storage before being dried at low temperature to maintain good germination and vigor.
Post drying the seed is sampled again to determine germination and purity. At this stage a range of pathology tests are also performed to determine the disease status of the seed, the choice of the seed treatment used is based on this pathology analysis.
The seed is then cleaned, aerated and graded before the appropriate seed treatment is applied, the seed is then analysed again for germination and then goes for packing into 500kg or 50kg bags before dispatch to our customers.