The current situation in agriculture is characterised by considerable economic insecurity: The demand for agricultural products is flat, which has resulted in low producer prices. Crop farmers are counting on exploiting further potential for optimising their production, and technologies that help increase the efficiency and precision of sowing therefore dominate current developments. New machines are ideally designed for maximum comfort and ease of operation. Electronic systems are also increasingly installed in sowing implements, with the spectrum ranging from improved tramlines and calibration systems to more flexible electrical metering systems, sensors for monitoring seed flow and GPS-based part width section-specific sowing. Versatility in terms of cultivation methods, i.e. suitability for both conservative and tillage cultivation, is a priority for many farmers, as is increased efficacy. Most farmers have powerful tractors, and both working widths and hopper/tank volumes (for seeds as well as fertiliser) can therefore often be expanded. If implements can then also be driven faster than previous technology allowed, efficacy can be improved even further.
However, this new environment presents its own challenges for sowing technology: Technology must deliver reliable, safe operation and also be adaptable to a wide range of conditions in different regions, locations and situations. Implements need to be designed for long service life, and their electronic systems need to operate reliably and without failure.
The issue of optimal sowing technology is of prime concern, as the ideal technology necessarily changes from one location and one farm to the next. Costs also need to be kept within reasonable limits. If soil is to be cultivated without tillage or without intensive cultivation over full field areas, sowing technology must be adapted appropriately to ensure reliably even establishment of crops, above all in dry regions. The implement demonstrations on our demonstration plots at the DLG Field Days site in Mariaburghausen will provide visitors with practical insights into the sowing technologies recommended by the various manufacturers and will show how these technologies compare to stubble mulch.
The following manufacturers will provide demonstrations on “Cereal sowing technology”: