It’s that time again when around 400,000 people will travel to Hannover, Germany to view the latest weird, wonderful and must-have agricultural machines on display at Agritechnica. Held every two years, this machinery utopia will show innovations, concepts and futuristic visions from 2,750 exhibitors based in 51 different countries.
Organised by DLG, the German Agricultural Society, the show runs from November 10 to 16, and takes place across nearly 100 acres, which are fully laden with equipment. While trends suggest there will be a slowdown in farm machinery sales in some regions in the coming year, manufacturers know having a presence at Agritechnica is vital. Also, as the industry clambers to find solutions to replace diesel engines, the show will keep farmers up to speed on what power developments are likely to come to market — or not.
Over 1,700 of the exhibitors come from abroad, mostly Italy, which will have 366 companies there. The remainder come from as far afield as China, Great Britain and Finland. The U.S. will be represented by 50 firms, and Canada will have 37 brands in attendance.
The event is truly the premier international showcase for the global agricultural machinery industry, and a forum for discussing important questions about the future of plant production.
A sneak peek from Agritechnica
Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad is planning a big stand at Agritechnica this year, where it plans to introduce the NZ Extreme 1250-1425 tine harrow (see photo at top of page). It will offer working widths from 12.5 metres (41 feet) to 14.25 metres (47 feet). Built on a five-section frame, it uses an innovative weight transfer and a heavy design. After the world premiere at Agritechnica 2019, a limited number of NZ Extreme machines will be tested in selected markets throughout 2020 before being fully introduced to the market. After the final field testing is completed, production of the NZ Extreme 1250-1425 is expected to start in 2021.
Kubota will launch its third generation M7 Series at Agritechnica. Available for purchase in the first quarter of 2020 (in Europe), the new M7 tractors (see below) will arrive in the market much earlier than expected. They will have three power levels, 130, 150 and 170 horsepower at 1900 RPM and an additional 5 to 20 horsepower power boost. The new models will feature a longer regeneration interval for the DPF, which jumps from 3,000 to 6,000 hours. As usual these new models will be available with two transmissions, Kubota’s CVT and a powershift. Additionally, the M7003 series will house a hydraulic power steering system with Multi Speed Steering Control, which can be set according to tractor application and speed requirement.