UK cereal, pulse and oilseeds growers are set to profit from an investment of well over £1 million in expanded and improved Masstock SMART Farming Master Seeds and farm saved seed processing facilities across the country this season.
The major 2010 investment, in additional static and mobile processing capacity with state-of-the-art seed cleaning and treatment equipment, is designed to match growers’ requirements for ever-wider and more complex variety and seed treatment combinations
“We cater for a truly awesome combination of varieties and seed treatments these days so our agronomists and growers can fine-tune their crop production for the greatest value,” explains national seed manager, Richard Lawrence. “And we do this to increasingly tight deadlines while maintaining the premium quality for which our seed has always been known.
“To keep up with this demand we’ve added a third to our finished seed storage capacity at Moreton in Essex for this autumn.” We’ve also boosted our processing capacity and flexibility at Finmere in Buckinghamshire with an additional Bayer Evolution precision batch treatment unit, installed a specialist colour sorter at Lincoln and significantly upgraded our entire Master Seeds production network.
“At the same time, we’ve added an extra brand new, self-contained and powered mobile unit to our national seed processing fleet to expand the parallel top quality on-farm seed cleaning and treatment service we provide throughout the UK.
“Continued investment in the quality and maintenance of both our static and mobile equipment ensures we apply the most modern, low dose seed treatments with the accuracy and consistency essential to their cost-effectiveness. It also allows us to operate our plant to extended round-the-clock schedules with the greatest possible reliability to process to order with the shortest possible turn-round times.”
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