Have a close eye on the growth of crops

(Agrarzeitung October 2011)
Have a close eye on the growth of crops-

Agrarian Jörg Beer can store complete crop yield  – keep nitrogen input in rapeseeds low.

Working hours of 14 to 16 hours a day are no rarity for agrarian Jörg Beer. Together with his father and one employee this agrarian runs a 525 hectare arable farm in a suburb of Zeitz called Nonnewitz in Saxony-Anhalt.

There are these peak times in spring, summer and autumn which demand a great deal of Jörg Beer and his team. This year the main challenge they had to face was that permanent rain during the harvest.
However, the agrarian succeeded in getting in a reasonably good harvest despite those unfavourable working conditions.
In contrast to that difficult harvest the current autumn cultivation of his fields is running like clockwork.
The Indian summer takes care, that any cultivation work can be done to an optimal timing.

For Jörg Beer, however, this weather is almost too dry again, as a big cloud of dust covers the soil working team of a length of almost 10 m. 
All the cultivation work is done at an exact procedure schedule. In the morning hours his employee prepares the seedbed in two ore three process steps with a short harrow and a ripper. 
Then it takes the soil some time to exhaust the air. Then Beer starts drilling - if required, until late at night.
Though the skilled kitchen chef didn´t want to know anything about agriculture at the beginning. But when his father founded a municipal service company together with an arable farm after the German turn and leased more and more land, he could not resist the challenge.
The 40-year old did his trade test and a craftsman´s certificate and took over the farm in the middle of Nonnewitz three years ago.

Have a close eye on the growth of crops-Photo: Private
Photo: Private zoom

Ploughless Cultivation

The new farm manager changed quite a lot. Timewasting activities like snowploughing in winter were stopped and the share of sugar beets was passed on. Although the sugar beet factory in Zeitz is only some kilometres away, "I don´t have to deal with this high work and time effort anyl longer," Beer noticed.
Yet despite all the modernisation even Beer has to face those structural specialities of the region. 

The mining of brown coal in the neighbouring town called Profen, for instance, embosses the agriculture. Time and again some strange objects like old railway tracks or baseplates caused a lot of damage on these recultivated soils when ploughing.
That is why Beer abstained from the plough as one of the first farms in this region, the more so as chuckholes are usually smaller there than in other East-German regions because of bypass streets.

Even in terms of fertilization this new farm manager considers those special conditions. „At a ph-value of 7 to 7,6  lime is not part of my vocabulary", Mr. Beer points out. As a result there is a fixation of some important main nutrients and micronutrients in the soil – like e.g. phosphor and molybdenum. That is why this master of agriculture has been using AKRA-Special Fertilizer from the Austrian Manufacturer Karner for more than 13 years. And he is regularly advised by our consulting employee Horst Reinboth of Karner Düngerproduktion GmbH. 

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