Today’s blog isn’t the end of our coverage from Agritechnica, in fact, there will be much more online next week as well as in print for our December issue (don’t say I didn’t warn you). However, as my body recovers from jet lag and my feet recover from walking more than 7 miles each day, it’s kind of fun to look back while things are still fresh.
Earlier this week I mentioned that Agritechnica should be on your bucket list and if you consider yourself an Ag Nerd or someone who loves iron, that conclusion hasn’t changed. People will ask me what’s different about the show and it starts with the fact that most of the exhibits are indoors. In some cases, exhibits are jammed into buildings, and in other places you may appear to have more room to move but believe me the stands get full.
The “building-focused” nature of the show does allow for some things like sit-down restaurants with wait service, there are also cafeteria style places with nice places to sit. Yes there are beer stands in some parts of the show grounds (and you can get beer in every restaurant – we were in Germany).
However, we do go outside to move from building to building and I did come across something you don’t see at U.S. farm shows, a food truck. Now food trucks are big in Europe, but we didn’t see many of them on the grounds at Agritechnica. The one we did find (that’s me and my on-site photographer Mark Moore) was Burrito Bande and let me say the Chicken-Bob with mango chutney and rice was excellent.
The owners of the truck, which came over from Frankfurt for the show, make their own tortillas (very fresh) and prep their own local ingredients. It was a nice, quick lunch for two of my days on the site because you get hungry but you have to keep moving. I would have one each day, but Mark had two burritos, and I’m sure he went back the day he was there after I left. You can find good food all over the show site.
Another interesting feature I kept running across at the show were product posters. Reminiscent of the days when as a teenager you might pick up the poster for a specific movie (or something else), many displays had special posters they were giving away, including Horsch – known in the U.S. for their planters and tillage tools, but also makers of large self-propelled sprayers.
You would see people carrying around posters from a range of exhibits. You get the picture that some teenage German lad was plastering his bedroom with the latest images of plows, sprayers and more. Interesting.
A challenging design issue
One issue we came across is the 3-meter standard. In many countries in Europe, equipment travelling down the road cannot be wider than 3 meters. European standards have been impacting equipment designs for years, and this one may also offer some opportunities for the future.
But for now, this is a euro-issue only, and one that is bringing out some interesting ideas. For example, Peecon was honored with a silver medal from DLG (organizers of Agritechnica) for their gull-wing double tire system. It’s an interesting way to put duals to work in the field, yet travel down the road within the 3 meter standard. Oh, did I say that 3 meters is just a little over 9 feet, and that means combines too.
The Peecon Gull Wing double tyre system mounts on the tractor and requires special attachments to each wheel. This is a heavy-duty interlocking hub and the duals are mated together with a 1-inch (I’m sure it’s a 3 cm) diameter single bolt. The gear-teeth design of the hub, along with its cast brace reinforcement should provide plenty of durability.
Best way to show this product is in video – so check that out below. And that may be the thing that adds value to Agritechnica too. There are so many more manufacturers operating in Europe that you get a lot of brain power being applied to the challenges of farming and while a lot is being pushed toward tillage, more is showing up in the mating of electronics, data and in the case of Peecon full-on engineering muscle. Let’s just say a good time was had by all.
Check the related links below for more of our Agritechnica coverage from this week, and more. And here’s that Peecon Gull-Wing tire video: