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European oilseed processing centre at Bayer CropScience

Oilseed rape growers in the UK will benefit from higher quality, faster seed availability with the opening of the new European Oilseed Processing Centre at Bayer CropScience’s headquarters in Monheim, Germany.

The company has invested €15m in the high tech seed processing centre, underlining the commitment to becoming a major player in the European oilseed rape market.

The Centre is responsible for receiving raw seeds from carefully chosen seed multipliers across Europe, fine cleaning and certifying that seed, and then calibrating and treating it using state-of-the-art seed machinery.

The benefit for UK growers will be seed that will be delivered more quickly to the UK as it has less distance to travel from the seed multipliers, and then faster processing through the seed plant thanks to the ultramodern seed machinery, says Adrian Cottey, seeds manager for NW Europe. “The equipment has a very fast and high throughput and a faster clean down, increasing efficiency.

“The other key benefit for growers will be improved seed quality because of the state-of-the-art fine-cleaning equipment.”

Quality management is an important element of the activity in the new facility, says Ferdinand Schnitker, operations manager at the new facility. The excellence of the hybrid seed production process makes all the difference – from using top quality germplasm and breeders, to using outstanding seed multipliers and the highest quality purity standards from start to finish.

The first fine-cleaned and packaged oilseeds will be delivered from the 9000 square metre, three-storey building from January 2016.