Planning beyond Vegetation Periods
For plant breeders, the logistics involve much more than well-organised order dispatch and freight forwarding. The seed industry is confronted with various special challenges.Seed production is a seasonal business. The expected demand in seeds, the resulting need in seed multiplication and the respective required amounts of basic seed must be planned and coordinated a long time ahead. In the case of fall sown varieties, the short period between harvest and sowing does not only demand for high production and seed treatment capacities, but also for high-throughput logistics and distribution facilities.Moreover, seeds require specific transport conditions. They are also subject to stringent formalities. Long-distance transports, as e.g. in Russia, must be carefully planned ahead, in close co-ordination with the customer. This is particularly true when specific import restrictions apply. Plant potatoes, for example, have to comply with particular phytosanitary conditions. Here, close co-operation between German and Russian authorities is imperative.