State-of-the-art sugarbeet seed production and processing isn’t to be taken lightly. For these reasons, ACH Seeds has contracted with a world-class sugarbeet seed processing facility in Tangent, Oregon, to grow and process our high-quality seed.
Over the last four years, the Tangent facility has undergone a significant renovation, making it the only North American sugarbeet seed processing facility of its kind. Gone are the forklifts moving seed from one processing location to another, and in its place is a highly automated, controlled manufacturing environment that reduces the potential for human error. Processing equipment is controlled through a central electrical controls system.
However, it’s not important to understand all of the technology, just the takeaway message: In a highly controlled and automated environment, the emphasis is on seed quality. Each and every seed lot is tested at every processing step to confirm seed quality and germ viability. Strict quality control standards are targeted for every lot to ensure the highest-quality seed is delivered to your farm.
Some of the most critical processing stages that are streamlined include:
CleaningThe bare seed from the production fields is received in Tangent and placed on the cleaning line to separate sticks, soil, weed seeds and chaff from the sugarbeet seed. The pericarp — also known as the cork — on the outside of the sugarbeet seed is removed to promote seed germination. A sample of the clean seed is then taken to the lab for germination testing.
RecoveryEach hybrid produces seed that is shaped and sized differently than other hybrids. The size of the seed will also vary, depending on the climatic conditions experienced during the production year. At the recovery stage the seed is polished and sized to ensure that it is uniform and that it meets all quality and seed testing standards during further processing stages.
PelletingThe seed processor assesses each lot of seed after recovery and uses pelleting equipment to create consistently sized seed lots. Pellets are built using measuring equipment for consistency, then sized with both round-hole and slot screens. Another germination test is conducted after pelleting.
TreatmentsAfter seed is primed and pelleted, fungicides and insecticides are applied, along with a seed coat color. Additional germination tests are conducted after treating. Plantability is tested at both the pelleted and treated stages to ensure the seed is compatible with popular planters farmers use.
PackagingSeed is packaged and shipped to warehouse locations in each market. A final germination sample is obtained as the seed is packaged, and is then submitted for a series of final tests to ensure that the seed meets and exceeds Quality Assurance standards.
Contracting with a world-class facility translates to better stand establishment, more uniform stands and, ultimately, the highest revenue per acre your farm can produce. We deliver on that promise.