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Source: Bayer CropScience news release

Nunhems, the vegetable seed business of Bayer CropScience, held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for their state-of-the-art onion bulb storage facility in Brooks, Oregon on Thursday, August 30th.

The new facility is the first of its kind in the area. The 31,000 square foot building incorporates a reverse charging of the return air plenum system to regulate air pressure. This helps facilitate the drying of umbels, or short onion stalks, on both sides of the structure. More importantly, the enhanced storage capability bolsters the reliability of Nunhems' seed supply with which it fulfills customer orders.

"The new bulb storage facility assures that our program can both maintain our current level of onion seed production and satisfy growth trends," John Ihli, Nunhems' Regional Crop Manager for North America, said.

"Prior to building this facility, we relied heavily on outside rented storage. Now we have the capacity to store our entire mother bulb harvest on site," Ihli noted.

The grand opening event included lunch and building tours.

About Nunhems
The vegetable seed business of Bayer CropScience operates under the name of Nunhems. Nunhems is the global specialist in vegetable genetics and services. As a globally integrated group of teams Nunhems builds unique customer relationships and shares products, concepts and expertise with the professional horticultural production industry and supply chain. The portfolio of Nunhems consists of 2,500 varieties in 28 vegetable crops, including leading varieties of carrot, cucumber, leek, lettuce, melon, onion, pepper, tomato and watermelon. With more than 1,700 employees, Nunhems is present in all major vegetable production areas in the world.

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