GBSeeds contract grow a wide range of cereal, pulse and oilseed crops for Certified Seed and Commercial usage.
As well as these common crops, GB Seeds also require areas of other crops for the bird feed and pet food industries such as – millet, canary seed, sunflower, maple peas and tic beans in the UK.
Our other main concern in this area is Naked Oats where we offer exclusive buy-back contracts with varieties that are bred in the UK and have been specifically selected for the use in this country for our feed industry markets.
If you would like to discuss our contractual growing terms and conditions, please contact us on 01284 729200 or visit our Contact Us page.
Quality & Traceability
Laboratory analysis services are available through Agrii, we offer a broad range of analytical services on all types of seeds for sowing including commercial grain or seeds destined for bird feed, pet food or human consumption markets. The company (Agrii) is licensed by the DEFRA to operate Licensed Seed Testing Stations in accordance with EEC Seed regulations and to test seeds for seed certification purposes in the following categories – cereals, grasses, oil and fibre, legumes, and crucifers.
Agrii employ Seed Analysts within the laboratories who are also qualified and licensed by the DEFRA as crop inspectors and seed samplers. The company offers its facilities both to the seed trade and the farming community and presently services the seed testing requirements of both seed merchants and farmers in East Anglia and from many parts of the UK.
Much of the work undertaken is non statutory work for information purposes or quality control management. Many samples submitted to the station are for advisory germination or purity tests.
With many changes to modern farming practices including; moving to more autumn sown cereals from spring sown, the removal of hedges to make larger fields for the bigger machinery and more effective herbicides the food availability for farmland birds has dramatically decreased. Options in Environmental Stewardship were put in place to help reverse the farmland bird declining population trends such as over wintered stubbles and sown wild bird seed plots, however these were not adapted at a sufficient scale and did not deliver food into the later parts of winter known as the ‘hungry gap’ to help reverse the declining trends. The supplementary feeding for farmland birds’ option was introduced into Environmental Stewardship for the 2012/2013 winter.