Here in the pages of Grainews, we’ve reported on the new product developments from German tillage manufacturer Lemken several times. We’ve even reported on our visits to the company’s European production facilities and field days. This year Lemken announced that it now has a completely new corporate structure, with a newly formed subsidiary, Lemken Canada. It can now rightly claim to have a permanent corporate home in this country.
“We had Lemken Canada since 2010 as an import broker that was paid a commission to organize the sales structure, etcetera,” said Laurent Letzter, managing director, Lemken Canada, as he spoke with Grainews in the field during a tillage demo at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Sask.
“But now the structure is a little bit different. For the dealers and the farmers it almost looks like you’re dealing with a Canadian company rather than a German import company. So we’re a Canadian company. We have our inventory. We have a direct relationship and good service, good (parts and machine) inventory. It really shows that Lemken is serious about the Canadian market.”
Along with corporate news to talk about, Letzter had an updated compact disc to enter into the show’s tillage demo, the Rubin 12, which has seen a number of new features added to it. It’s capable of deep work and at high speeds, which makes it ideal for dealing with heavy field trash.
“It’s important to understand that Lemken is a tillage specialist and we have a very large range of equipment,” he said. “We have three different discs. This winter we showed you the Heliodor with a straw harrow at Agritechnica. Here we’re showing you the Rubin 12, at the other extreme of the range, which is a very deep disc. So it’s a unique product on the market, because we’re the only manufacturer having 29-inch discs on a compact disc. So it means high speed, deep work, handling lots of residue, but still a one-pass machine.
“What’s important for a compact disc is how it handles the residue and how it handles without plugging. All of those elements have been considered in the design of the Rubin 12. And we’ve added some cool features, like the symmetrical design of the disc. In the past, most of the machines around us have a side pull, which here the (Rubin 12) doesn’t have anymore. It has hydraulic depth control.”
The addition of a front-mounted tine harrow bar assists in mixing soil and residue.
“It helps in mixing residue.” Said Letzter. “We made a very easy adjustment. Without any problem you set the height — or depth — of this unit. And it’s locking. The rest is all done from the tractor cab.”