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Is it worthwhile turning the tap on?

Whoever can simply turn on the sprinkler during dry periods is looked on with envy by his colleagues. But sprinkler irrigation is also expensive and not cost-effective for every crop. Of course, it always pays dividends for potatoes and beets. But what about cereals? We asked Ekkehard Fricke.

Sowing maize: How to get the best out of every seed

Sowing plays a key role, particularly in maize. It is hardly possible to compensate for problems in germination and the development of young plants during the vegetation period.

John Deere: 'We believe in electric tractors. 100%'

The interviews conducted by Future Farming with experts at John Deere last year on electric tractors provide much inspiration for Agritechnica 2022. 

Humus: Facts and myths

The enrichment of humus promises to contribute to climate protection. However, it is often forgotten that organic farming in particular feeds on the use of existing humus.

Farm land purchase: The rules are stricter in Eastern Europe

Every state has the right to restrict the sale of agricultural land. Eastern Europeans in particular fear selling off their land and have therefore set particularly strict limits.

Fewer emissions and lower consumption

Even heavy-duty engines need to be put on the test bench to offer the required exhaust gas quality at each operating point and to reduce fuel consumption. SYSTEMS & COMPONENTS will be showing which optimisations the latest generation of engines in the off-highway sector has undergone to enhance their efficiency.


Plant protection

Glyphosate substitution: Iron and perhaps also electricity without chemicals

If the curtain really does come down on using glyphosate at the end of 2023, it does not mean either the end of the world or necessarily a forced return to ploughing. But it will make life more difficult.

Focus crop protection

The ongoing partial losses of chemical-synthetic active ingredients in agriculture’s weed control arsenal influence not only the gross margins of individual crops or farm rotations.

Grain reserves: In the hands of just a few countries

Each month the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes a balance that is awaited as if it was the first edition of the Bible...

COVID-19 & Global Food Security

This collection of short essays provides a overview of what we know about how COVID-19 is affecting food security...

Tillage / sowing

Agroforestry: New potential for an old system

Normally, trees are not very welcome in arable fields. But cleverly integrated with crop growing or livestock production systems...

New ways to less soil pressure

The fine line between economic constraints and soil protection requirements is particularly prevalent during liquid manure spreading in the spring. Read ore about how to make this fine line more calculable for farmers.


Technology for increased efficiency

Technology is an important key factor for more efficient fertilisation. Norbert Uppenkamp, NRW Chamber of Agriculture, Münster, Germany, sums up which solutions are now available from manufacturers.


Self-propelled machines - Driver safety first

Self-propelled machines must be designed so that the operator is protected from falling parts or in case of tipping over or rolling over.

Two tools to help farmers understand climate change

Although the need to adapt French agriculture to climate change is now accepted at the national level...


The future of off-highway drives

Innovations in the drive train are lowering fuel consumption and reducing emissions

Green Efficiency im Off-Highway-Sektor

SYSTEMS & COMPONENTS 2021 focuses on sustainability and efficiency in mobile automation

Diesel: What comes next?

The debate over the »Green Deal« applies to farm machinery too. Industry and institutes have long been working with methane...

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