Press Officer Agriculture and Exhibitions
A total of 350 companies registered – About 25,000 visitors expected – Event taking place from 14 to 16 June 2016 at the estate of Maria Burghausen in Hassfurt, Bavaria
Hassfurt, Germany, 14th June 2016 – With 350 exhibiting companies, the 2016 DLG-Feldtage once again claims the spot as the key meeting point for crop production experts in Germany.
“We are very pleased with the number of exhibitors from Germany, neighboring countries and even the United States that have signed up as exhibitors at the DLG-Feldtage,” says Andreas Steul, the event’s project manager. “This reflects a current need to not only launch crop production innovations, but also to exchange expert knowledge in this continually developing field.
“DLG-Feldtage is more than just an exhibition. It is an opportunity to explore, in the middle of more than 100 trial plots, what is possible,” added Steul.
The level of interest in the event has once again underlined the position of the DLG-Feldtage exhibition as an essential event for crop growers to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest crop production techniques. The event takes place every two years at alternating German locations, and this year it is taking place from 14 to 16 June at the estate Maria Burghausen in Hassfurt, Bavaria, some two hours east of Frankfurt by car.
Trial plots area fully booked
The main attraction of the DLG-Feldtage 2016 is the trial plots, which typically present growing crops from new seed varieties. This year the trial plot area covers 14ha and has some 130 exhibitors taking part. These companies will show a wide range of varieties of all major crops. Other components of crop production, such as targeted fertilization and environmentally sound pest and disease control, will also be featured in the field, as well as different cultivation techniques.
Practical European wheat and rapeseed comparison plots
The ever-popular European winter wheat and rapeseed comparison demonstration will once again be a key attraction for international visitors. Some 19 professional agronomists from seven countries compete in this segment of the event. Each participant in the wheat competition will be striving to achieve the highest performance free of direct costs. The rapeseed section, meanwhile, should present methods to solve the environmental policy challenges that farmers are confronted with in oilseed rape cultivation today.
In this experimental section of the competition, teams will be presenting what they consider to be an interesting new process. The varied designs of the cropping methods (variety, drilling method, fertilizing and plant protection) correspond to the diversity of market requirements. Each participant will presents two plots: one that is typical of their home country and one that is the agronomist’s recommendation for the particular soil and climate at the DLG-Feldtage site.
Machinery demonstrations with a new concept
The DLG-Feldtage exhibition will again feature the following machinery in dedicated demonstration areas:
- Mineral fertilizer spreaders in practical use;
- Sensor technology for precision farming; and
- A practical comparison of crop protection sprayers.
And, for the first time at the event, exhibitors will be able to independently present live demonstration of techniques immediately adjacent to their stands. The topics featured this years will be:
- Drilling machinery for cereal crops;
- Injection machinery and equipment for liquid organic fertilizer; and
- Steering and data management systems for tractors.
Special focus on field drones and remote sensing systems for agriculture
This year, the DLG will be offering, together with selected exhibitors, a special focus on "drones and remote sensing systems". Here, visitors will be able to obtain detailed information about this exciting new technology and its various applications. Flight demonstrations will take place on all three of the exhibition days.
International Field Robot Event
The 14th International Field Robot Event, organized by the University of Hohenheim, will take place at the DLG-Feldtage exhibition this year. This annual competition sees international student teams competing with their robots to achieve the best results in the field. The goal is to test pioneering technologies in robotics and precision farming under real conditions, and to give young scientists the opportunity to interact in an international group of participants and develop their ideas.
Comparison of different methods for manure spreading
Efficient, alternative and environmentally friendly ways of dealing with farm slurry and digestate will also be in the spotlight at the 2016 DLG-Feldtage exhibition. The DLG Special – Efficient use of liquid manure and fermentation residue – has been organized because of the interest in the topic resulting from a forthcoming amendment to Germany’s Fertilizer Application Ordinance (DüV), which is the legislation governing best practice in fertilizer use and reducing nutrient losses into the environment originating from agriculture. The new amendment means farmers have to adapt to stricter requirements for the application of natural and man-made fertilizers for plant nutrition. This subject is explored in depth on stand GF202 at the DLG-Feldtage
Theme Centres focus on specialist crop topics
This year's DLG-Feldtage features three Theme Centres that that will take a close look at topics of interest to the event's visitors. The first is Bioeconomy – Agriculture as a primary producer, that can be found on stand VG42. Organised by event partner Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Agency for Renewable Resources), which is Germany’s central coordinating agency for renewable resources, it is presenting different plants that are suitable for use as both industrial raw materials and energy crops, as well as a special emphasis on the cultivation of medicinal plants.
- Oil and protein plants
- Sugar beet
The second Theme Centre is Oil and protein plants on stand VD34. Organised by another of the DLG-Feldtage trade partners, the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for Promoting Oil & Protein Plants), it is providing information about all aspects of native oil and protein crops, from cultivation to refining for use as cooking oil, biofuels and fodder. Winter rape, sunflowers, field beans, forage peas and blue sweet lupins will all be grown and on display on a 1,000 square meter plot. The winter rape presentation is focussing primarily on optimising nitrogen fertilisation, and is showcasing a range of modern, high-performance rape varieties.
The last of the Theme Centres looks at Sugar beet on stand VJ32. Here the south German sugar industry is sharing expertise about sugar beet cultivation on its plot. The focus is on integrated control strategies for leaf diseases and nematodes, as well a wildflower mix developed especially for sugar beet growers that can be seen growing around the borders of the cultivation plots on the trial field. There is also a dispaly explaining why it's worth taking a closer look at your soil profile.
The DLG-Feldtage 2016 exhibition is organized by the DLG together with the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (Munich); BayWa AG (Munich); and Vereinigte Hagelversicherung – Mutual Agricultural Insurance Association (Giessen). Trade partners include: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe – Agency for Renewable Resources (Gülzow); Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen – the Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (Berlin); and Südzucker AG (Mannheim).
The organizers are expecting about 25,000 visitors to attend this year’s DLG-Feldtage.
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