Largest amenity grower

We love locally grown!

 

We’re backing British farmers with over 2,000 hectares of British farmland producing our grass seed.

 

Our grasses are tried, tested and proven with British farmers (including at our own Cropvale Research Site in Worcestershire).

 

Growing locally allows us to carefully evaluate the quality standards, keeping a close eye on crops, and establishing a strong collaboration and connection with experienced and trusted growers.

 

  • The UK’s largest amenity seed grower
  • In 2017, over 50% of perennial ryegrasses and over 60% of red fescue harvested in the UK was grown by Barenbrug UK
  • Tried, tested, and proven in the UK

 

  

Seed production

Grass seed production is a challenging farm crop and may be extremely lucrative. Most grass seed crops are taken for two harvest years so, as well as reducing inputs, are therefore a valuable break crop especially for cereal seed producers.

The seed crop has a number of important roles top play.


It offers a further weapon in the battle against Blackgrass as different chemistry is used for Blackgrass control. The fact that the ground is not cultivated for two years also results in a big drop in viable Blackgrass seeds in the ground.

 

The hay that the crop produces is a valuable commodity as feed for horses and other livestock. With horse ownership on the increase this is financially lucrative as well.

The crop may also have big environmental and wildlife advantages. The cover, that the crop develops and provides over the 2 years, for insects, rodents and nesting is important for Skylarks, Barn Owls and other wildlife. The mass of root and other plant parts contributes towards soil organic matter thereby improving fertility and structure.

The seed crop is always grown under contract. The crop is planted either under-sown in the Spring or in its own right in the Autumn. Either way the first harvest is the following year. The field into which the crop is sown must not have been in grass for at least the 4 previous harvest years.

The crop is inspected during April, May or June depending on heading date. This is to check for varietal purity and to ensure that there are no crops capable of cross-pollinating within 50m.

 

The earliest crops are harvested in early July with the later ones continuing up to the middle of August. The seed is immediately dried down to 12% moisture for safe storage until cleaning. After cleaning the seed is tested for certification to ensure that it passes the relevant standards.

 

Seed Production Manager

 

 

 

ANDY SADLER
Production Manager

Andy brings a wealth of agricultural experience to his position as production manager where for the past 12 years he has been responsible for the company's UK grass seed production. With over 2,000 hectares sown with Barenbrug cultivars this is no small task.

 

With a BSc Hons (Botany); MSc Environmental Resources, herbage and turnip crop inspection licences he is very well placed to manage this important role.

Prior to joining Barenbrug he gained extensive experience from positions in farm management, agricultural education and agricultural advice in the UK, Saudia Arabia and Central and Southern Africa.

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