Farmers and the agricultural technology industry had a difficult year in 2019. After a very good first two quarters, LEMKEN experienced an unexpectedly steep decline in sales. Many farmers suffered not only extreme weather conditions, but also political insecurity, and trade restrictions which made business with agricultural technology more difficult.

Regarding the domestic German market, which at 23%, is the company’s most important individual sales market, LEMKEN experienced a decrease of just under 2%. Sales in France, LEMKEN’s strongest export market, increased markedly by 26% and currently accounts for 15% of the company’s overall sales. Generally, sales grew slightly in Western Europe.

In Central and Eastern Europe, sales of LEMKEN agricultural technology decreased by just under 9% spread across almost all the countries in the region. The Russian market remained largely stable, while sales in Ukraine decreased by 39% after several years with excellent results. Agricultural businesses in Ukraine have now been able to buy land for the first time and are therefore delaying their purchases of agricultural technology.

While Asia, Australia and New Zealand experienced a weaker year, growth in the North American countries again reached double figures, above all in the USA, which is now the German agricultural technology manufacturer’s fourth largest market, having experienced growth of 23%. Sales in Canada, where LEMKEN has been active for 15 years, are almost as high. Other stable markets in 2019 included Japan and China, where the family business has its own assembly plant.

In 2019 the product range was extended by fertiliser spreaders. As a result, farmers are now able to source their full range of machinery from a single manufacturer, from sowing through to harvesting. At the Agritechnica, LEMKEN showcased numerous innovations such as the Juwel 10 mounted reversible plough for tractors up to 450 hp and the SeedHub catch crop seed drill for combination with cultivators and compact disc harrows. LEMKEN also introduced the Koralin hybrid cultivator for ultra-shallow tillage, seedbed preparation and weed control. The company’s crop care segment includes the hoeing machines manufactured by the Dutch acquisition Steketee as well as the entirely new Orion trailed field sprayer. The Nova, the company’s first self-propelled field sprayer, is aimed at large agricultural businesses and contractors. Another LEMKEN initiative is geared towards smart products and services, which are now grouped under the “iQblue” umbrella brand. iQblue connect, a new accessory that allows numerous functions in basic implements to be automated, was awarded a DLG Silver medal.

In 2019 the product range was extended by fertiliser spreaders. As a result, farmers are now able to source their full range of machinery from a single manufacturer, from sowing through to harvesting. At the Agritechnica, LEMKEN showcased numerous innovations such as the Juwel 10 mounted reversible plough for tractors up to 450 hp and the SeedHub catch crop seed drill for combination with cultivators and compact disc harrows. LEMKEN also introduced the Koralin hybrid cultivator for ultra-shallow tillage, seedbed preparation and weed control. The company’s crop care segment includes the hoeing machines manufactured by the Dutch acquisition Steketee as well as the entirely new Orion trailed field sprayer. The Nova, the company’s first self-propelled field sprayer, is aimed at large agricultural businesses and contractors. Another LEMKEN initiative is geared towards smart products and services, which are now grouped under the “iQblue” umbrella brand. iQblue connect, a new accessory that allows numerous functions in basic implements to be automated, was awarded a DLG Silver medal.

New orion trailed field sprayer with laterally folding aluminium boom

The robust, yet light aluminium boom folds two or three times laterally, depending on working width. It is parallelogram-controlled and balanced via an axial rotary mechanism in the centre section. LEMKEN’s AdaptiveBalancingControl (ABC) ensures a good boom position with the centre of gravity below the pivot point. The optional proactive boom control results in the individual boom arms adapting directly to uneven terrain or changes in the crop. A circulation line with individual nozzle control in the boom provides for precision.

The inductor has a capacity of 55 litres and delivers edge moistening without producing spray mist. An intake and flushing connection for a closed transfer system (CTS) are optionally available. The inductor swivels out easily, and its height can be adjusted for improved ergonomics. The lid seals tightly and allows empty containers to be held securely to that residual liquid can drain fully before it is flushed out. All lines are housed underneath covers on both sides of the field sprayer and are easily accessible for maintenance.

The Orion is available with tank volumes of 4,000, 5,000 or 6,000 litres and a 620-litre clean water tank. Inside the tank, a powerful hydraulic injector agitator ensures that spray fluid is available at the optimal concentration, even if the sprayer has been standing for some time. Thanks to the electronic fill level indicator, operators always know how much fluid is in the tank.

The drawbar is attached to the lower link and permanently suspended for reliably smooth handling. An automatic, load-dependent brake adjusts the braking performance for greater operating safety. Depending on the tank volume, the Orion features a telescopic axle or flanged axle, which allows the implement to be operated with different track widths. Mechanical or pneumatic axle suspension are available, as is Ackerman steering with fully automatic true-track following. With a maximum width of 2.55 metres, even narrow town roads are easily navigated.

The Orion features ISOBUS and is therefore very versatile in its operation and networking. LEMKEN MegaSpray implement control allows the sprayer to be controlled both on the implement itself, via the Opus terminal, and via an ISOBUS terminal in the cab. This field sprayer is easily integrated into digital networks via the agrirouter, the new cross-vendor data exchange platform, to connect it to the NEXT Machine Management machine planning and documentation system, for example, or a field database.