Vegetable Seed Production
Midlands Nutritional Oils produces and supplies quality conventional and organic oil seeds both for its own processing and for export to global markets.
The majority of our oil seeds, including Hemp Seed, Flaxseed and Evening Primrose, are grown under contract in the Canterbury region, which has a unique soil and climate combination producing some of the world’s finest specialty oils.
All seed production is supervised by our parent company Midlands Seed. This means we can ensure the best practice is followed on farms, with a resultant guarantee of quality seed going into the presses.
Our oil seed crops are either windrowed or direct headed once the crop is ripe, normally around mid to late summer. Windrowing involves cutting the crop and leaving it to dry for 3-5 days before the crop is harvested. Direct heading means that crops are combined while they are still standing.
Once harvested our seed is cleaned at selected local seed cleaning plants in Ashburton, with all product produced being of a very high purity standard. With both Midlands Seed and Midlands Nutritional Oils overseeing the seed production process, full traceability from farm to consumer is monitored. This is important for all of our oils, and particularly important with our organic product range.