Different crops, different treatments

Quality is the best recipe

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An even surface, a consistent color, the right amount of ingredient on top of it, and zero dust abrasion are the qualities Mezőseed Ltd. Wants to achieve with its treated seeds. To achieve consistently high quality, suitable treatment products need to be applied in the correct combination with the perfect equipment and in the right way. Bayer SeedGrowth™ offers an all-round carefree package – and helps Mezőseed satisfy its clients.
Mezőseed Ltd.:
  • Established in Lepsény in 1990 (70 kilometers south-west of Budapest)
  • German- and French-owned company belonging to the Saaten-Union Group
  • Employees: 32
  • Treated seeds (annual): 7,500 tons of cereals, 1,000 tons of corn, 300 tons of soybeans, and 200 tons of sunflower seeds
Seed production and treatment have a long tradition in Hungary. Thanks to companies like Mezőseed, this will continue in the future. The German- and French-owned company belongs to the Saaten-Union Group, which is at the same time Mezőseed’s biggest customer. “In Hungary, we are responsible for conducting the agricultural production activities for Saaten-Union,” describes Balázs Mátés, Executive Director of Mezőseed. “This includes producing seeds as well as processing and treating them.”
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More and more

The main product is cereals. “We mostly produce winter wheat and winter barley. But treatment and packaging of hybrid wheat, sunflower seeds, soybean, and oil seed rape as well as corn seed happens here as well,” he adds. Although the company mainly generates these products for the Hungarian market, it also exports to other EU countries, Ukraine, and Russia.
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A total volume of around 7,500 tons of cereals, approximately 1,000 tons of corn, 300 tons of soybeans, and 200 tons of sunflower seeds are treated here every year. A challenging task and it doesn’t get easier. “We are working with an increasing number of crops, and more and more things need processing. The number of problems we encounter are therefore also multiplying,” says Krisztina Németh, Head of Laboratory and Quality Assurance at Mezőseed.

A good partnership

This “plant doctor” is responsible for treatment materials and procedures and knows what she is talking about. Although she has been with Mezőseed only four months, Krisztina has been working with seeds for nine years. “And that’s also how long I have had contact with Bayer seed treatment products and service,” she says. “I have always had very good experiences with the different types of treatment materials, and the partnership with Bayer has also always been great as well.”
“I have always had very good experiences with the different types of treatment materials, and the partnership with Bayer has also always been great.”

Krisztina Németh, Head of Laboratory and Quality Assurance at Mezőseed Ltd., Hungary

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And that is the same at Mezőseed. The role of her counterpart is being fulfilled by Csaba Csorba, Key Account Manager for Bayer SeedGrowth in Hungary. “We talk to each other on a weekly basis, especially during peak season,” he explains, “to cover any upcoming issues and address any problems.”

Different crops: different recipes

The most important thing in seed treatment is finding the best way to help the active seed treatment ingredient reach the seed and stay there. For this purpose, the right combination of products, a lot of specialized expertise, and application equipment is needed. “We work with a variety of cultures, which means that we have to use different kinds of recipes,” she explains. “Finding the most suitable one for every seed is a huge challenge.”
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This is where Csaba Csorba comes into play. He is determined to support his customers with the best possible solutions for each phase of treating and processing. “A lot of crops are treated in Hungary, and all of these require different product recipes, stickers, coloring agents, and other materials,” he explains. Treaters are looking for help to find the right combination for each machine and situation. “And we are there to lend assistance with our expertise.”

Going the extra mile

But not everybody is as lucky as Mezőseed, having a representative like Csaba Csorba standing ready to help. Mezőseed attaches an information booklet, published by the European Seed Association (ESA), to each sack of treated seeds. This is based on the European Seed Treatment Assurance Scheme, ESTA, and is the European Quality Assurance Scheme for the application of plant protection products to seeds and the handling and use of treated seed. “We receive these booklets from Bayer,” Krisztina reports. “We are very thankful for things like this and are looking forward to expanding our cooperation.”
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