The Agritechnica event in Hanover, Germany is the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and a big draw for farmers who want to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Spud Smart magazine in Canada was there in November of last year for a firsthand look at some of the latest innovations in the potato sector during the Agritechnica 2017 event. The German Agricultural Society (DLG) awarded GRIMME (sister company of Spudnik in North America), with a Silver Innovation Award for its new self-propelled four-row potato harvester. Ventor 4150 is the company’s first four-row, self-propelled harvester based on the side elevator concept, said product manager Dirk-Jan Stapel. Another harvester launched at Agritechnica was AVR’s Spirit 5200, a machine designed with simplicity in mind.
The two-row trailed harvester is simple, functional and has a good price point, said Edwin Rood, business development manager at AVR. Dutch company Tolsma-Grisnich was also at Agritechnica showcasing several of its latest innovations. The first, explained Gidi Dekker, sales manager, is Vision Control, a storage computer with intelligent modules that regulates temperature, relative air humidity and CO2 content during storage by controlling fans, hatches, heaters and mechanical cooling. Further improving storage, the company now offers Tolsma YOU (Yield Observation Unit), a unit that measures the weight and CO2 content of potatoes stored in bulk.
TOMRA Sorting Food introduced its Field Potato Sorter, designed for sorting unwashed potatoes.
The next Agritechnica takes place Nov. 10-16, 2019 in Hanover, Germany.