As a leading breeder of vegetable seeds, Bejo is continually looking for ways to remain innovative. Our dedicated researchers and breeders work hard to develop new varieties with improved characteristics. Using modern cleaning and processing techniques, along with the most up to date equipment, we can ensure our customers receive only our best quality seeds. Bejo is now proud to introduce the result of our most recent innovation – a seed coating made entirely of sustainable materials.
Seed coating primarily provides a better protection during the first stage of life. But there are other advantages too: the smoother surface of the seed improves the sowing process, and the added colour makes the seeds more visible in the ground.
Bejo has been seeking a more sustainable coating and has now found a formula entirely composed of natural materials. This means that the coating will decompose completely in the ground. In addition, the new coating has a much shorter drying time: for conventional seeds this will be reduced from 15 to 5 minutes. The decrease in drying time means lower energy consumption and therefore a reduction in environmental impact. We also expect that the shorter drying time will decrease the negative influence of drying on seed vitality, and the coating’s higher moisture permeability contributes to this expectation.
The implementation will take place in phases, and the new coating is already being used for beetroot. Once intensive testing has been completed we expect to introduce it for other crops, beginning with carrot, onion and spinach. The coating liquid is fully approved by SKAL and meets strict requirements for organic coating. Preparations are in place to use the new coating on our organic assortment as early as 2019, and eventually this range will have its own distinguishing colour.