Bejo has announced the introduction of the improved coating and new colour for their organic seed.
Bejo has been working on a new colour coating for their organic seed with the aim to make it clearly distinguishable from their non-chemically treated seed. The new organic coating will become yellowish and will be launched this month. Their non-chemically treated seed coating will remain white.
In line with their conventional seed, Bejo will transition both the new yellowish organic coating and the white non-chemically treated coating to their new sustainable coating recipe. This is made of natural materials that decompose completely. It also has a shorter drying time, which helps to preserve the seed’s vitality and cuts energy use. The new coating is approved by the organic certification bodies.
To make this transition Bejo had to invest in complete new coating machinery. The coating reacts slightly differently per crop, so we did extensive testing on the right machine settings in applying and drying to achieve the correct results and to deliver the desired Bejo quality.
This process is carefully and successfully executed in close collaboration with our research department and suppliers.
The production of organic seeds with the new coating will start in September 2020. During the phaseout period, customers may receive organic seed with a white or yellowish coating until December 2022.
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.
Bejo organic seed and non-chemically treated seed are both premium-quality products. These 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.