Europe's largest machinery demonstration for potato technology! Planting - Harrows & Hoes - Harvesting, Transport & Loading

    A total of 42 machines in use:

    5 planting machines, 5 harrows & hoes, 14 potato harvesters, 11 transport solutions and 7 loading lines.

    20 ha of potatoes are ready for harvest!

    Planting A comparison of the different planting machines.

    Planting should be fast, accurate and gentle on the tubers. Yet larger working widths, higher efficiencies and an increase of extreme weather events call for an increased focus on soil protection. This is one reason why manufacturers develop machines that combine several passes into one. Today’s electronic assist systems relieve operators of their routine tasks, enhance the level of precision and allow operators to focus on the actual work at hand. The demonstrations will show the new and enhanced system solutions that planter manufacturers will be launching in the near future. 

    Harrows & Hoes Increasingly, weed control with mechanical processes is becoming an exciting alternative, especially in potato growing.

    Mechanical weed control is also becoming a viable option in traditional farming, especially in potato growing. The long growth period of potatoes and the fact that the tubers are grown in ridges makes this crop particularly suitable for mechanical weed control. This is often so effective that hoeing or chemical treatment becomes unnecessary. However, the frequency and the timing of top work is subject to the level of weed infestation as well as the prevailing weather and soil conditions. Furthermore, the field should be sufficiently drained before top work is carried out.

    Harvesting From single-row to four-row harvesters. Trailed as well as self-propelled.

    Lifting should be fast, clean and gentle on the tuber. Lifter developments focus on individual components and – in the case of trailed machines – on enhanced tractor-implement communication. 14 lifters have been booked for the demonstrations: two single-row, seven double-row and five four-row machines. Nine are trailed and five are self-propelled machines. 

    Transport Discover the variety of ways to transport the tuber from the roder to the loading lines.

    When harvesting potatoes, large quantities of crops have to be transported from the field to storage. Here, various manufacturers offer a variety of solutions to transport the tubers gently and without loss of quality. Last but not least in terms of ground-saving transport or driving system system solutions worth a visit to Bockerode. 

    Loading Not least in terms of soilfriendly transport or chassis solutions worth the visit.

    The harvested tubers are transferred from the harvester into the waiting chaser and from there to the road vehicle – either via a transfer station or an integral elevator. The efficiency of these steps is mostly down to the transport, unloadingand storage equipment. PotatoEurope 2018 will present four different transfer systems, three trailer-adapted overloading systems and nine combinations If nothing else, it’s those soilfriendly transport and chassis solutions that make a visit to Bockerode so rewarding.