Farmer owned arable marketing business Openfield has invested £250,000 in a seed colour sorter for its Honey Pot Lane headquarters seed production plant near Grantham.

The new Satake RNEZS 6500 machine uses colour selection and high-speed digital signal processing technology to remove contaminants such as ergot, foreign seeds, wild oats and other impurities from the crop flowing through the system, in order to produce the cleanest seed possible. It can produce up to 60 tonnes of cleaned seed every hour.

Openfield says the investment is part of its commitment to producing high-quality seed along with an unrivalled seed service for its customers. The company says its links with all the major plant breeders, plus its national grain marketing and storage expertise, means it can select seed varieties that add value and are most suited to farmers’ growing conditions and local markets.

Lee Bennett, head of Openfield’s seeds business, says: “We pride ourselves in producing the very best quality seed and are continually investing and updating our plant to improve. Our new colour sorter is extremely impressive and is helping us to improve our product quality even further.”