It’s about one thing. To create optimal conditions. Right from the start. To promote healthy growth. With in-depth knowledge. And with plenty of passion. After all, passion makes fertile ground for success. To think ahead. To break new ground. That’s what we’ve done. For YOU – our customers. Designed for farming practice. Proven on the field. Ready to achieve all goals! Spreading success What a great start! As a result, the level of excitement has settled
a little for all of us. LEMKEN not only ploughs, cultivates,
sows and tills, but now also fertilises. The company LEMKEN and I are truly delighted
to welcome you to our presentation of innovations. Over the next few minutes, you’ll be given
some insights into the product portfolio of the new LEMKEN fertiliser spreaders. I just visited the LEMKEN management
at the company’s headquarters in Alpen. I’ve now arrived at the LEMKEN
head offices in Alpen. We’re welcomed by beautiful LEMKEN Blue
in the foyer already. I’ve been given the opportunity to talk with
the executive, represented by Nicola Lemken and Anthony van der Ley. There they are,
let’s go over to meet them. Hello Mrs Lemken, hello Mr van der Ley. First of all, thanks for having me
and for taking the time to meet with me. I have to start by saying
that you really had us on tenterhooks for the past two weeks. I would never have thought that LEMKEN
was about to offer fertiliser spreaders. Mrs Lemken, why did you
take this step? Well, that’s something we’ve had on our radar
for some time, and we’d been planning this. We’re really happy that we’ve now
successfully added a final element to our range. These days, farmers need to work very precisely
and safely with their implements, and this was a component that was still missing
in holistic crop care and protection, to optimise crop care holistically and
look at overall processes. They can get seed drills from LEMKEN,
they can get crop care. We now also have mechanical weed control,
which we’ve acquired with STEKETEE, and we’re now closing the final gap
with our fertiliser spreaders. Everything from the one supplier,
that’s a great advantage for farmers, of course. Mr van der Ley, perhaps you could
share some insights. What makes the new fertiliser spreaders special? That’s easy. We’re LEMKEN,
that’s where I’d like to start. As every end customer knows, buying from LEMKEN
means buying quality, reliability and the very best service. All this is naturally also true for this product. We only put implements on the market
if we can guarantee that. That’s now done. I’m extremely happy about that. You’re not manufacturing the fertiliser spreaders
yourself, but have found an excellent partner – SULKY. How did this collaboration between LEMKEN
and SULKY come about, and what does it mean for you? You can develop your product range
in various ways, and we do a lot of things ourselves. In this instance, we decided to work
with an outstanding partner, which we selected very carefully. In SULKY, we found a company
that’s also a family business. They therefore share a similar philosophy
and culture as we have, and we make an excellent match as a result.
Plus we’re impressed by the products. It’s therefore a perfect collaboration
at eye level, with a shared goal, that’s also very important. Now, LEMKEN develops and
manufactures most products internally. Why did you decide against an in-house development
for fertiliser spreaders in particular? That’s very simple. You need to focus on your core competencies
in everything you do. A baker is different from a butcher,
so if you’re not the best yourself, you’re better off finding a partner
who is the best on the market to create a winning duo. I believe that farmers can look forward to
a little more LEMKEN Blue in the world. Thank you very much for your time, Mrs Lemken,
dankjewel Mr van der Ley. Our pleasure. We’ve talked a lot about
the new LEMKEN fertiliser spreaders already. Now it’s high time to show them off. And for this I’ve met product specialist
Jonathan Hanen out on a field. Hi, Jonathan. Hello. Great that you’re taking the time to introduce
your new fertiliser spreaders to us. Spica, Tauri and Polaris. Behind us, we’re already seeing the lovely
LEMKEN Blue of the Spica. Should we go and have a look? It’s the smallest model in your spreader range,
what can you tell me about the Spica? As you’ve said, it’s our
smallest model. We have spreading ranges from 9 to 24 metres,
a tank volume from 900 to 2100 litres. That’s not a huge capacity. So this is great for smaller businesses. Okay, you’ve mentioned the tank volume,
should we have a peek inside? Not a problem. What stands out in this implement,
as in the other implements in the range, is that we have a divided tank,
especially in the bottom part. Note the pressed stainless-steel outlets,
which, together with the oscillating agitator, which we can also see, allow the tank
to drain completely, and also ensure that fertiliser flows evenly and consistently,
without disruption, throughout work. Drainage and calibration testing
can be quite cumbersome. That often involves a lot of steps
and is time-consuming. But you’ve found a clever solution. Exactly, we’re offering quite a
simple solution. You need almost no tools, you just remove a spreader disc, mount a feeder chute,
fix the calibration bucket underneath, drive the calibration run, weigh the bucket
and know how much you’re applying. And then you adjust your gate
accordingly. For regulating the spreading range, you’re
using the so-called FERTIWAY system. What’s behind this? Exactly. Our FERTIWAY system is
a pivoting feeder device. I’ll be happy to demonstrate it for you. As you see, we have a clear scale here,
which represents the spreading range. By simply moving the gate,
you see below how the feeder device moves towards the centre of the disc
or away from it. The closer it moves to the disc centre,
the larger the spreading range. If we move away from the centre,
in contrast, the range becomes smaller. So that’s really intuitive, self-explanatory. I’d even feel confident enough
to do that myself now. And what does that look like in the Spica 8? Right, in the Spica 8 we have, as I’ve mentioned,
purely manual operation of the FERTIWAY. That has the clear advantage
that no granulate becomes blocked, and there’s no abrasion either,
as we have a clean chute. For the quantity adjustment, which is
also crucial, we then have a second gate here at the rear,
where we determine the opening width of the gate purely mechanically. You’re offering the Spica 8 and Tauri 8. I’m wondering,
what does this number 8 stand for? In our implements, the “8” stands for
the most basic, electrical gate opening system. But this also corresponds to our other machines,
where the lowest number stands for the most basic version. Let’s walk over to the Tauri. That’s the mid-range model. Jonathan, we haven’t even talked
about the paint. It’s not merely typical LEMKEN Blue,
but it’s also hugely practical, you could say. Yes, with fertiliser spreaders, there’s
a particular focus on paint quality. The paint is exposed to fertiliser, making it
prone to rust, depending on the product. We’ve decided on electrodeposition paint,
and we’re highly satisfied with the paint quality,
and therefore have no problems with rust. The Tauri is available in two variants,
and we’ve just heard that the Spica 8 and Tauri 8 are really
very similar. The Tauri 12 is a lot more powerful,
isn’t it? Exactly, as you’ve just said, the
Spica 8 and Tauri 8 are quite similar. They only differ in tank size
and spreading range. The Tauri spreads up to 36 metres, and it has a tank volume
of up to 3000 litres, that’s quite something. That’s why you can say that this machine
is well suited for livestock or mixed farming in general. The difference is that the Tauri 12
has a weighing system as standard and this weighing system controls or adjusts the application rate
depending on the ground speed and pre-set working width. That means, we do a quick
calibration test to start with to determine the current T factor,
or fertiliser flow factor. The weighing system then checks continuously
how much fertiliser is being applied and maintains the set rate. A great side-effect: The terminal shows
how much fertiliser currently remains in the tank.
This all works via our weighing frame with a single weight sensor. The focus is therefore clearly
on sustainability, which ultimately means greater economy. Because you often have really high spreading losses,
and that’s hard-earned cash, which you might be throwing out. And what about the challenge
of fertilising straight along slopes? That’s often really tricky. And you mustn’t underestimate that. You’ll often get fertiliser sliding
to the front or even getting stuck. If that happens, weighing systems
can’t use the measured values. We simply integrated an extra inclination sensor,
which continuously measures the position the spreader is in at any time,
and also outputs correction values. And what about border spreading? Well, border spreading. With both the Tauri and the Spica,
this is principally solved via an additional ECOBORD spreader vane, which operators need to mount manually. That means, they need to get out of the cab
and mount it. But if you decide to get
the optional TRIBORD 2D, you can vary the fertiliser drop point
right from the cab to switch to a border spreading vane. This also allows
border spreading in line with EU regulations. I understand the spreader vane,
I think many would be familiar with this, but I must say, TRIBORD 2D, that’s a little abstract for me. What’s behind this? With the TRIBORD 2D, we have
two different spreading modes. The first mode is “full working width”. That means working across the full field,
especially when you’re in the middle. But if we then get closer to the edges,
especially if you have waters there, for example, then we really need to have
a border spreading system. And that’s where we use the TRIBORD,
that’s the second border spreading mode, an “environmental” mode. That means that fertiliser is redirected
so that it only reaches the border spreading vane. We then have a smaller working width
and are able to comply with the EU standard. So, we’re ready to move over
to the Polaris now. Your top-of-the-range model. It’s not only quite a bit larger,
it also spreads wider. The Tauri had a 36-metre range –
how wide does this model spread? Right, the main differences are: It not only delivers
spreading widths of up to 50 metres, but also does so with virtually any type of material. You have to compromise with some fertilisers,
just because they have a different density and therefore poorer spreading properties, but we achieve 50 metres
with virtually any fertiliser. In terms of tank volume, the Polaris
offers up to 4000 or even 4200 litres, if you fill it right to the top
and close the tarpaulin cover. What’s special about this implement is
that it features the EPSILON spreader vane system. If you look at the front,
you’ll see this epsilon shape of the spreader vane. This produces an almost fourfold
fertiliser overlap, which means even better distribution.
Plus the vanes are even HR as standard, that is they’re cavit-coated. This gives them a service life of
up to 200 tons of applied fertiliser, before they need to be changed. That’s really, really great. And of course, this machine also features
a weighing system. What about additional assistance systems,
especially with regard to Farming 4.0? You’ve already mentioned the weighing system,
which is very important, and in the Polaris we also have the TRIBORD 3D in both models. Our range includes both a Polaris 12
and a Polaris 14. The TRIBORD is optionally available for the
left side; the right side comes as standard. In the Polaris 14 we have the
ECONOV feature, which is our section control in this machine. Can you quickly explain
the difference between the TRIBORD 2D and TRIBORD 3D? Right, the difference, as indicated by the number,
is in the number of spreading modes. With the TRIBORD 2D, there’s only “full
spreading width” or EU-compliant border spreading. With the TRIBORD 3D, there’s an
extra intermediate mode. We don’t call it border spreading either, we’re using different terminology. The first mode is
yield-oriented spreading, which only has a slightly reduced spreading range. We’re still applying the full quantity,
but at reduced width, for example when passing an adjacent field. In that case, it’s usually not a problem
if a little granulate lands a little further in the adjacent field. Then we have environmental spreading,
fully in line with the EU standard. That is, out of 1000 granules a maximum of three may go beyond the border. This system fully complies
with this standard. The spreading rate is also reduced a little,
we’re applying 15% less fertiliser, but we’re spreading precisely to the border so that no granules
reach waters or any environmental zones at all. This machine therefore supports sustainable
as well as eco-friendly work. You just mentioned the
term ECONOV. What’s behind this? Right, ECONOV is the section control
in this machine. The machine has 12 width sections, which are shown
in this banana shape. That’s the advantage, if I have a straight headland,
that the sections, the width sections, are activated from the outside towards
the centre, and deactivated in precisely the same sequence. If we have a headland that’s not straight,
for example in a wedge shape, we can even start switching off
width sections from one side. That works not only from the outside in,
but also from the inside out. Perfect, you just said 12 width sections,
but I know that other manufacturers
offer a lot more. Why did you go for 12? Sometimes less really is more,
and in this case, I believe that’s true. If we talk about 50-metre spreading widths
and have 30 width sections, just how big do these width sections need to be? With our 12 width sections, we have sections that are then only between 2 and 4 metres wide,
but that’s something you can really work with. If you have more, then the width sections
get a lot smaller. Some competitors have width sections of about
20 centimetres, which I believe are unrealistic to control. That just doesn’t make sense. I see the terminal here,
that’s your LEMKEN CCI terminal. That’s ISOBUS-compatible, right? Exactly, the terminal has an impressive 12.1”
multi-touch display, just like any smartphone in terms of operation. It’s really intuitive, and the controls allow
two machines or applications to be shown at the same time. That means we can control the machine
and also have a map open. If we use pure section control
or an application map, or even if we use variable application rates. Plus it can be used in landscape
or portrait format. That is, whichever way operators prefer,
or whichever way they want to have it on the tractor. I think farmers really have something
to look forward to. Jonathan, many thanks for your explanations.
We’re almost at the end of our product demonstration. We’ll say good-bye with a few impressions
of our new fertiliser spreaders in action, and LEMKEN looks forward to
welcoming you very soon at the AGRITECHNICA. All the best for your business and
a great day, your Tobi Witton!