Identity Preserved Grain – The Barkley Seed Benchmark
Barkley Seed handles and sells Identity Preserved grain produced from Certified Seed.
We produce grain in a very controlled setting. That means our customers can expect consistency each and every time. All of our Identity Preserved grains, except safflower, are sold exclusively by their variety. Preserving the identity of our grain ensures that the quality and characteristics of each variety are retained.
Identity Preserved – How It Works
Barkley Seed sells and grows Second Nature Research varieties of wheat and barley.
This union with Second Nature provides us with the opportunity to closely monitor new varieties from their conception in research nurseries, to the final product in the field, through harvest and on to our customers.
Our Identity Preserved grain program begins with Certified Seed. What is Certified Seed? After Breeders at Second Nature select promising new lines, seed for these lines is then increased. This is accomplished through a series of closely monitored seed production “generations”, beginning with Breeders Seed, then Foundation Seed, followed by Registered Seed and, finally Certified Seed. It’s a lengthy, time-intensive project, but well worth the effort.
All commercial certified seed production is done on a contractual basis. Our Seed Production representatives meet with farmers and establish growing agreements and schedules for upcoming seasons. Throughout the growing season Barkley Seed is actively involved in monitoring quality, timing and production. During harvest, Barkley Seed ensures that the variety and generation are securely preserved for future seed buyers.
Grain production is done on a contractual basis as well. Growers purchase our Certified Seed and agree to grow a contracted amount of grain acreage for the upcoming season. The purchased grain is then received by variety and stored on an Identity Preserved basis at our facilities according to variety.
At Barkley Seed we monitor all of our products from even before the time the seed is planted to the time it is harvested. Careful logistical planning on the part of the Operations Division here at Barkley Seed has allowed us to monitor all of our products from seed breeding through grain delivery.