This new plant will be the largest family-owned, pedigreed seed processing operation in Western Canada. Soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, flax (linseed) and peas will all be cleaned in the first year of processing
Nexeed, a Cimbria deadler in Canada, had a busy year in 2018 with a variety of different projects being implemented, including several new seed cleaning plants. One new facility of note is at Pitura Seeds at Domain, Canada.
Pitura Seeds has a history spanning almost 100 years and 4 generations, with field crop farming having commenced in 1921. A generation later, in 1965, the business expanded to include grain and seed cleaning and pedigreed seed production. Since then, this combination has been the basis of the business, with both the farm and seed processing sides of the business expanding over time, and a third and fourth generation becoming involved, as is the case today.
Pitura Seeds has been a customer of Cimbria since acquiring its first Delta cleaner from Cimbria Canada (Nexeed) in 1998. Since then, several plant changes have led to additional Cimbria machines in the plant, and a growing relationship with Nexeed for advice, support and equipment supply. In 2016, when the current management, including Calvin Pitura & Tom Greaves, were contemplating the construction of a new plant, Nexeed was honoured to have the opportunity to participate in the discussion. Since then, Pitura Seed and Nexeed, along with other specialists, have collaborated on conceptual design, detailed design, delivery and construction of the new facility. Tom Greaves, President of Pitura Seeds, cites the quality of the product and the service provided by Nexeed as the reasons for choosing this supplier.
This new plant will be the largest family-owned, pedigreed seed processing operation in Western Canada. Soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, flax (linseed) and peas will all be cleaned in the first year of processing; flexibility is designed into the system to accommodate other commodities as markets may demand. Planned nominal capacity is 24 TPH (wheat), resulting in more than a doubling of the company’s previous cleaning capacity. This will be accomplished with a Cimbria pre-cleaner aspirator, a Cimbria Delta 184 De-awner, two Cimbria Delta Super Cleaners, Cimbria Heid Indented Cylinders, two Cimbria Heid Gravity Separators, all leading to a state-of-the-art Cimbria SEA Chromex 7 Optical sorter. Cimbria Bucket Elevators also provide the means to convey product from one machine to the next through the facility. Nexeed took direct responsibility for process flow, equipment recommendation & supply, as well as detailed design of the seed plant, including delivery and installation of the equipment stands, operator and operator platforms – i.e. virtually everything in the photos.
New pitura seed processing plant in Canada