Seed production

Growing high-quality and reliable seed is a complex process. The parents of a new variety must be crossed at their purest and that requires great care while they are growing. The choice of location plays a big part when growing seed.

Accurate planning
It is important for seed production that enough seed is available of all varieties, at the right time and of good quality, so that we can meet the wishes of our customers. That is why we make accurate plans for each crop every year, based on our sales expectations.


Great care is called for when growing seed. Pests and diseases can present a threat to the crop, but it is just as important that the crop should not be pollinated with undesirable pollen. Our experienced production specialists are, therefore, closely involved in a crop’s progress and we make increasing use of laboratory techniques.


The right locations
Rijk Zwaan makes use of production locations all over the world. The seed for each crop is produced in areas where conditions are the most suitable for not just growing but also the ripening process of the seed. Denmark, for instance, is the perfect geographic location for the production of spinach seed.


Good timing
In order to have good-quality seed it is important that the seed is harvested at the right time and with great care. Depending on the crop, it is harvested manually, in stages, or mechanically in one go. Once the seed has been harvested each batch, wherever in the world it was harvested, goes to the Seed Technological Centre in De Lier, the Netherlands.


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