The seed growing season doesn’t really end at harvest. Once a seed crop is harvested the grower needs to condition and clean the seed to get the lot sample up to a certified grade.
Seed cleaning plants have many shapes and sizes, but the overall process is the same — taking the harvested crop and sifting out (almost) all that isn’t ideal. What has changed recently is the influx of gravity tables and colour sorters being added to the traditional indent and air/screen machine line up.
Ergot and fusarium present major challenges to cereal growers on a year-to-year basis, and mechanical separation can be a way to improve a lot up to seed quality.
Rod Cockerline is vice president of sales for Nexeed, based in Manitoba, that carries Cimbria mechanical seed separation equipment. He joins us for this episode of the SeedPod, brought to you by Biovision.ca, to discuss gravity and colour separation to deal with ergot and fusarium.