Modern agriculture and energy production
Since 1991, the Gross Germersleben agricultural company has been cultivating land on the western edge of the Magdeburg Börde in the rain shadow of the Harz Mountains, around 30km from the federal state capital of Magdeburg. It’s a diverse company; in addition to crop production, it relies on generating green electricity from biogas and wind. It grows potatoes for processing into chips and French fries, as well as various types of grain, rapeseed, sugar beet and maize for the biogas plant.
“We are diverse”
Sven Borchert introduces the company.
Quality management during drought
Like many other farms, the drought of summer 2022 posed major challenges for the Gross Germersleben company. Wheat quality was particularly variable. “With the help of the NIR sensor, the quality of the grain could be precisely determined, and wheat of varying quality could be separated” Mr Borchert explains.
“We can separate wheat of different quality”
Sven Borchert reports on the use of the NIR sensor in the wheat harvest.
Determining the optimal time for harvest
Farm managers and workers document all of the farm tasks, and continually look to improve processes. “With the help of the HarvestLab 3000 NIR sensor, the optimal time for the rapeseed harvest can be determined remotely just by knowing the moisture content and quality,” explains Mr Borchert.
“The rape wasn’t ripe yet”
Sven Borchert explains the added value of the NIR sensor when harvesting rapeseed.
In digitised agriculture, not only crops, but also data is harvested. “Harvest quantities, moisture content and quality information allow us to draw useful conclusions about soil quality and water supply. This helps Mr Borchert to improve planning and adjust seed rates for the next season. how he thinks about the seed rate planning for the following year.
“We can plan better for next year”
Sven Borchert explains the advantages of the NIR sensor when harvesting maize.