It’s become a ritual for me, heading over to Hanover Germany every second November to spend a week at Agritechnica, the world’s premiere farm machinery show. During my time as machinery editor I’ve attended many farm shows in countries on three different continents, but none of them can really be compared to Agritechnica.
I suppose the easiest way to sum up what is on display there when it comes to farm machinery is if you don’t see a least a few examples of it there, the machine probably doesn’t exist. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only a slight one. I remember one company executive I met at the show tell me, “If I want to find out about, say, Chinese machinery, I don’t go to China; I come to Agritechnica”. It’s an event that brings in equipment from all around the world.
So we’re gearing up to head back to Germany in November of this year, where Agritechnica will kick off once again. I realize it’s only January and November is a long way off, but here at Grainews we are already making plans. The reason is we’re going to host our second reader tour. That means we’re inviting you to go to Germany with us this year, just like we did in 2017.
We took a group of producers and dealers with us last time. We liked that so much we want to do it again. So editor Leeann Minogue and I will be leading another group around Germany once more.
Of course, you can just head over to Germany on your own if you want to go to Agritechnica, but if you come with us, you’ll get the benefit of our experience visiting the show and navigating around the country to take in a few of the other things the country has to offer. And there is no shortage of interesting places to visit.
This year we’ve arranged special access to a couple of other locations you’d not likely get to see on your own. We’ll also be visiting the BASF research centre. And we’ll be stopping at the John Deere assembly plant in Mannheim and the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf. We’ll also take in a castle and some really historic old towns. I suspect you’ll have had your fill of beer halls and oompah-pah bands by the time we leave, as well.
Does this sound interesting to you? We’ll take care of getting you around the country, meeting you at the airport in Germany on your arrival and taking you back there for the return flight home. So there is no need to worry about figuring how to get around or where to go. We can even do a bit of translating for you, to ensure you can communicate wherever we go.
If you want any information about the tour we’ve arranged, keep an eye on the pages of the upcoming issues of Grainews, or just email Leeann ([email protected]) or me ([email protected]) and we’ll send you detailed information about the trip. Booking early is important to ensure we save a seat for you.
Hope to see you there.