This is the week of Agritechnica, the huge indoor, seven-day farm show at Hanover, Germany. Held every-other-year the show claims to be the "The World's No. 1." Organizers say their attendance for the full run of the show should be about 300,000, as growers come to see exhibits displayed by more than 2,100 companies from 45 countries. In fact, almost half of the exhibitors come to Hanover from outside Germany.
Like the winter show in Louisville, Kentucky Agritechnica has a lot of ground for one to cover. Eighteen buildings are used, and the walking distances can be great. Buses, though, run routes around the buildings, making it fairly easy to get from one building to another.
Here are some of the highlights of the show as we saw them. We will share more insight this weekend on "This Week In AgriBusiness" seen on RFD-TV and local stations.
Deutz Fahr. The big 600-horsepower AgCon XXL 1630 tractor really turned heads. And who said no big machines are used in Europe?
Projet. Looking something like a Zamboni on ice, this Italian-made machine reminded us of the huge variety of sprayers available.
Dammann. Not only displaying its big field sprayers, the German sprayer manufacturer also showed off its HD Nightlux lighted spray boom. It has LED lights built into the full length of the boom, one right next to each nozzle, allowing for visibility of nozzle output during nighttime spraying.
Case IH. Similar to its display at the 2009 Farm Progress Show, Case IH demonstrated its continuously variable transmission on the Puma tractor.
John Deere. A "gold medal innovation winner" at the show is the Deere active command steering. Called "steering by wire," the steering control works without mechanical or hydraulic connection. Farmers sat in a demonstrator at the show to see how it would work to provide their fast road speed tractors more stability.
John Deere. To give farmers a unique view of its 8345 RT tractor marketed in Europe, Deere stood the tractor up in the air and cut a hole in its roof. The sunroof-type window allowed This Week In AgriBusiness cameraman Phil Reid to take a good peek at the various cab features.
Trelleborg. The tire manufacturer found a unique way to get farmers to stop in their tracks. The company put its big tires on a Smart Car.
altek. The German company that makes sprayer pumps, valves and nozzle bodies also makes the wheels for Lance Armstrong's bicycle. The spray boom they hope to some day develop (which they also plan to display at Louisville this winter) is made from the same carbon fiber technology as Lance's wheels. And on display on the boom are the "Smart Nozzle" nozzle bodies that allow GPS technology to shut off a sprayer nozzle by nozzle.