Could a modest boost in the popularity of combine (grain + fertiliser) drills be on the cards?
Lemken certainly thinks it could be. Sales of such drills are still largely concentrated in Scotland, where short growing seasons
Lemken’s latest compact Solitair combine drills can carry 1.7t of seed and the same amount of fertiliser and can deliver application rates of 1.5-300kg for seed and 50- 400kg of fertiliser.
Russia is Lemken’s fastest-growing market, particularly for cultivations equipment, he added. Sales in Russia and other eastern European countries almost doubled in 2006, with sales hitting €35m and now accounting for 25% of the company’s turnover.
Overall, 62% of turnover comes from sales in 40 countries abroad. Export earnings have increased by 30% in the last four years.