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ELSOMS Digital Open Day 2020

We are delighted to invite you to this years’ Elsoms Digital Open Day! As we are unable to see you all at our trial field this year, you can still experience and learn about the varieties that we have on show.  Click on the buttons below to go directly to the crop section or use the search bar and type in the variety of your choice! Please enjoy the range of videos we have created for you that cover some of the key varieties on our brassica, salad and root crop portfolio. Our trial guide is available for download here - please note, not all crops/varieties are available in video format. For more information, please contact your crop manager. Kale Spring Green Broccoli Purple Sprouting Broccoli Kohl Rabi Pointed Cabbage Savoy (Early/Summer) Savoy (Christmas) Savoy Winter Red Cabbage Red Cabbage (Processing) Baby Leaf Brassica We are delighted to offer the superb range of brassica crops from both Bejo and our joint breeding programme, with Bejo. Our joint breeding programmes for Brussels sprouts and sprouting broccoli have produced some fantastic varieties. The passion we have for breeding traditional 'British' vegetable crops is demonstrated in our the varieties seen here. Let Dave Clay, Brassica Crop Manager tell you more about the varieties we have on show. Kale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VuGS2M1I60 Spring Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P2rhVS_91E Broccoli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGbPMDA5hHo Purple Sprouting Broccoli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRvQrzm7h4A Kohl Rabi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFsJu7brplI Pointed Cabbage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNAj7W_RCeg Savoy (early/summer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vptGgnSWqv0 Savoy (Christmas) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfAE10OiCMc Savoy (winter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-Q4m9fBv8c Red Cabbage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6STHb49V5E Red Cabbage (Processing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X4CZ5Xc-bk Salads Our salads and diverse crop portfolio continues to expand. The expert breeding and selection team at Bejo is dedicated to bring you a range of species, particularly celery, fennel and radish. Find out more from Lisa Tokelove, our Salads and Diverse Crop Manager. Baby Leaf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2k7ve9M72Y
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Bejo introduces improved coating and new colour for organic seed

Bejo's work on developing an improved coating for its organic seed was done with the aim of making it clearly distinguishable from the non-chemically treated seed. Launched in September, the new organic coating will be more yellow, while the non-chemically treated seed coating will remain white. In line with its conventional seed, Bejo will transition both the new yellow organic coating and the white non-chemically treated coating to our new sustainable coating recipe. This is made of natural materials that decompose completely. It also has a shorter drying time, which helps to preserve the seed’s vitality and cuts energy use. The new coating is approved by the organic certification bodies.  To make this transition Bejo have invested in new coating machinery. The coating reacts slightly differently per crop, so extensive testing was carried out on the right machine settings to achieve the correct results and to deliver the desired Bejo quality. (Left) New coating machinery that Bejo invested in (Right) Organic Red Beet seed with the new coating This process is carefully and successfully executed in close collaboration with Bejo's research department and suppliers.  The production of organic seeds with the new coating will start in September 2020. During the phaseout period, customers may receive organic seed with a white or yellowish coating until December 2022. The advantage of seed coating in general is that it ensures a smoother seed surface and less dust development from the seed, resulting in improved sowability. A coloured coating also makes the seed more visible in the soil.Bejo organic seed and non-chemically treated seed are both premium-quality products. These seeds have undergone highly advanced cleaning, sizing and physical treatment processes. They provide growers with the best starting material for cultivating healthy crops in a sustainable way and ensure reliable harvests. For more information, contact Elsoms' Organics Crop Manager, Stephanie Beavis here.
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