Following its 2017 partnership with a chassis manufacturer, Lemken has unveiled its first self-propelled sprayer that will go on sale in mid-2020.
The ongoing discussions around sustainable crop care, as well as increasing regulatory requirements for herbicides in various markets, has prompted the agricultural technology specialist Lemken to permanently discontinue its production of conventional field sprayers.
CEO Anthony van der Ley explains: “After over 10 years operating in this segment, we have not reached a market-relevant size. The legal requirements in each of our markets are increasing and becoming more and more disparate.
Although we introduced several future-focused new models at the last Agritechnica, we have decided to cease production of our field spraying range in a responsible manner.”
Lemken intends to strengthen and expand its soil cultivation, drilling technology and crop care product areas – the latter signalled by the acquisition of the Dutch hoeing technology specialist Steketee two years ago for this reason.
This creates the opportunity to combine mechanical weed control with precise, selective band spraying or spot spraying, thus contributing to environmentally sound solutions when compared to broadcast spraying –saving time and chemical input costs
“We see a trend to meet the increasing demand for mechanical weed control with intelligent controls, with Steketee offering a range of innovative hoeing technology and the most intelligent camera technology on the market,” says Van der Ley.
Farmers who own a Lemken field sprayer will receive a continued supply of replacement parts as well as continued access to customer service.