As of September 2020, Bejo introduces a new organic coating with a yellowish colour. The non-chemically treated seed remains white, so the seeds can be clearly distinguished from each other.
The new, yellowish organic coating and the white non-chemically coating will be transitioned to the company's new sustainable coating recipe. This coating is made of natural, completely decomposing materials. It also has a shorter drying time which helps preserve the seed's vitality and cuts energy use. The coating's been approved by organic certification bodies.
Bejo had to invest in completely new coating machinery. The coating reacts slightly different per crop, so the machine settings had to be extensively tested for applying and drying. "This process was carefully and successfully executed in close collaboration with our research department and suppliers," says the team.
The production of organic seeds with the new coating will start in September. Until December 2022, customers may receive organic seeds with a white or a yellowish coating.
The advantage of seed coating in general is that it ensures a smoother seed surface and less dust development from the seed, resulting in improved sowability. A coloured coating also makes the seed more visible in the soil.
"Our organic seed and non-chemically treated seed are both premium-quality products. The seeds have undergone highly advanced cleaning, sizing and physical treatment processes. They provide growers with the best starting material for cultivating healthy crops in a sustainable way and ensure reliable harvests."
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