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Testing fields

at the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs

Depending on the key subject, the testing and certification services at the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs are conducted in different teams.

Within the tests, the DLG test engineers transfer issues of practical relevance from barns and fields into reproducable technical examinations. In this way, products and innovations are put to the acid test by state-of-the-art measurement technology. DLG tests are carried out on test stations as well as in practical use under predefined conditions.

The experts at the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs test several thousand agricultural machinery and equipment products as well as farm inputs every year. The rewards for passing the demanding, practice-relevant tests are labels such as DLG APPROVED as well as the DLG quality label:

The DLG Test Commissions – consisting of leading practitioners, scientists, experts from associations, consultants and administrators – together with the DLG test engineers translate practice-oriented questions from indoor and outdoor operations into reproducible technical tests. Whether on test stands or in defined scenarios in practical use on the farm, the products and innovations are examined down to the tiniest detail with the help of state-of-the-art measuring technology and assessments by experienced practitioners.

The test method and test design are developed in close consultation with the independent, voluntary Test Commissions. These determine the assessment criteria and decide on the allocation of test labels.

The DLG Test Center offers an ideal framework for research and development-related tests. It is used by manufacturers to compare prototypes and pre-production models with other products, or to identify weaknesses in practical application before the market launch and to define potentials for optimization.

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Setting standards. Testing quality. Providing orientation.

For farmers as well as manufacturers

 Investment decisions on new agricultural machinery or farm inputs should always be based on hard data and facts. For more than 130 years, DLG has therefore been testing agricultural machinery, equipment and farm inputs. The DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs with its tests in the fields of vehicle technology, indoor and field operations, farm inputs as well as machinery and equipment for forestry, municipal and horticultural applications, is one of the world’s most important testing organizations.

The Test Center in Gross-Umstadt (Germany) provides practitioners with information that is an important decision-making tool for investments and practical use. Its more than 4,000 test reports and test results provide farmers with clear guidance – regarding agricultural machinery and equipment as well as compound feeds, silage additives, fertilizer lime, cleaning and disinfecting agents or udder hygiene products.

The methods and test profiles are practice-oriented, independent of the manufacturers and developed by neutral Test Commissions. They are based on state-of-the-art measuring techniques and test equipment and take international standards and norms into account.

All and about, in each and every year the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs conducts

  • about 1,100 tests on agricultural technology products and
  • about 3,500 tests on farm input samples

On that basis, quality labels for

  • about 200 agricultural machines and products and for
  • about 400 consumables

are awarded per year.