Business & Policy
Lemken to discontinue field sprayer production
By Top Crop Manager
Lemken, a German-based agriculture technology company, has announced that they will discontinue production of their conventional field sprayers at the end of 2020. Anthony van der Ley, Lemken CEO, explains that the decision comes after 10 years in the market. He states that the geographically different legal requirements and spraying standards make it difficult to produce a market-relevant quantity of sprayers that would still suit the variety of customer preferences.
“We are also seeing that, even from a consumer standpoint, the boundaries for chemical crop care products are becoming ever higher,” van der Ley continues. “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.”
The company intends to strengthen and expand their soil cultivation, drilling technology and crop care products, focusing on sustainable crop care solutions.
“The environment is changing very fast right now,” van der Ley says. “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.”
The site where the field sprayers are produced will be used to produce seed drills in the future.
Farmers who own a Lemken field sprayer are guaranteed a continued supply of replacement parts as well as continued access to Lemken customer service. Customer orders will be accepted and fulfilled up until the end of 2020.