Lemken have announced that the production of their conventional field sprayers is to be discontinued at the end of 2020.
To replace these products, their mechanical weed control and selective crop care business is to be strengthened, which will include the conversion and extension of their production site for drilling and precision drilling technology.
Lemken said the reasons for this decision was as a result of discussions around sustainable crop care as well as the constantly increasing regulatory requirements in the various markets.
CEO Anthony van der Ley explained: “After over 10 years operating in this segment, we have not reached a market-relevant size. The legal requirements in each of our markets are increasing and becoming more and more disparate.”
“We are also seeing that, even from a consumer standpoint, the boundaries for chemical crop care products are becoming ever higher. Although we introduced several future-focused new models at the last Agritechnica, and our team is extremely motivated by the great reception, we are choosing this moment to break from our field spraying range in a responsible manner.”
Strengthening the business
The family company now plans to position itself strongly and independently for the future. This means that it intends to strengthen and expand its soil cultivation, drilling technology and crop care product areas in order to sustain its position as an innovative market leader.
LEMKEN acquired the Dutch hoeing technology specialist Steketee two years ago for this reason. They say this creates the opportunity to combine mechanical weed control with precise, selective band spraying or spot spraying, thus contributing to environmentally sound solutions when compared to broadcast spraying.
Van der Ley sees a trend to meet the increasing demand for mechanical weed control with intelligent controls. “The environment is changing very fast right now.”
“This is why farmers and contractors are now positioning themselves, whether they farm organically or conventionally, and are choosing the best model for them to be able to farm smartly and sustainably. It is a future theme for all of us, to ensure global food security despite environmental restrictions.”