Download the Toolkit: Cleaning and Storage Toolkit - English.pdf

What is seed cleaning:

This is getting the seed out of its ‘container’ and removing anything else to just have the seed left.  ‘Separating the wheat from the chaff’.

 

Why seed clean?

  • There may be pests hidden in the chaff that will damage the seed.
  • There may be detritus that will pass on pathogens to the seed or promote mould growth.
  • When sowing seeds, if they are not cleaned, you risk sowing chaff too, and so may end up with patchy establishment.
  • A final stock of good quality seeds will have a high percentage of ‘pure’ seeds and very low proportion of inert substances. E.g., parts of unviable seed, seeds without seed coat, soil, small stones, fungal bodies and weed seeds.

Seed for marketing will need to meet the ‘purity’ test standards as inspected by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Seeds certified in this way are showing that they meet UK quality standards for purity and germination rate. For more information https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/602853/seed-certification-technical-annex.pdf

 

What is in the toolkit?

Our handy Seed cleaning and storage toolkit covers:

  • What equipment do you need for seed cleaning
  • Cleaning large, dry seeded crops
  • Cleaning small, dry seeded crops
  • Cleaning wet seeded crops
  • Drying and storing seed

To download the toolkit please click here: Toolkit: Seed cleaning and Storage



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