Dec 20, 2013Syngenta expands vegetable seed facility
Syngenta has invested more than $3 million to expand its vegetable seed processing facility in Pasco, Wash. The improvements, which will be complete for the 2014 season, include an expanded seed quality testing lab and an in-house seed treatment facility.
The new lab improves turn time and accuracy for vegetable seed testing, and the investment in seed application equipment enables Syngenta to broaden the use of its FarMore Technology platform – an on-seed application of separately registered seed protection products and proprietary application technologies – on different vegetable varieties, according to Syngenta.
The Pasco facility, originally built in 2009 on a 40-acre site, employs state-of-the-art technology, including advanced sweet corn dryers and a conditioned warehouse, to provide customers with vegetable seeds. The facility is also Good Seed and Plant Practices accredited, adhering to strict hygiene and safety protocols that significantly reduce the risk of Clavibacter michiganensis (Cmm) infection in tomato seeds, according to Syngenta.