Fendt has definitely been the preferred tractor make of Carl Johan Schmidt from Agershov for many years. When Carl Johan needed to replace his combine harvester, he was in no doubt about the choice of make, and that it was to be a shaker.
The two Fendt tractors don’t look very old, but the hour meters in them have a story to tell. “My 712 has done 12,500 hours since 2002, and my 822 has done 11,000 hours since 1999,” says Carl Johan Schmidt from Agershov. Apart from the two Fendts mentioned, he also has a two-year-old Fendt 718 and an older Fendt 615, which has just been put into operation. But the newest member of the Fendt family of the chicken and pig producer from South Jutland is a Fendt 8410 combine harvester with a 30-foot PowerFlow cutter bar. “For 13 seasons I had been harvesting with the same MF 7272 with a 22-foot cutter bar, so the time had come to replace it,” he says.
The choice of brand was not hard for him to make. Carl Johan Schmidt has been driving with a PowerFlow cutter bar for many years, and he wanted to carry on doing so as it gives a very even introduction. “When I was able to buy a Fendt combine harvester later, it had to be just that. It is compatible with my tractors. Besides, in my opinion, a shaker is best for threshing seeds,” he explains. He himself farms 242 hectares of rye grass, winter barley, winter wheat, spring wheat, winter rape and maize for biogas. For himself he reaps around 220 hectares and for others a further 150 hectares per season. “With my new Fendt 8410 I have increased my harvesting capacity by up to 25 per cent. Besides, I have got a machine with a good deal of other important benefits,” he says.
Carl Johan Schmidt can concentrate on all the important things when driving his Fendt combine harvester. “The fact that it has the VarioGuide automatic steering system is a great advantage, as the cutter bar can be put to full use all the time. I can also keep a closer eye on the cutter bar when the machine is running by itself,” he says.
The Varioterminal with touch operation, which is conveniently positioned by the right-hand arm rest, makes operation easy and clear. The multi-joystick is also situated here, which has several functions, for example, driving speed. But in fact, he has no need at all to worry about speed himself.
With an annual production of around 750,000 chickens and around 3,500 pigs, Carl Johan Schmidt uses all the winter wheat and winter barley he produces himself. Grass seeds, winter rape, biogas maize and spring wheat is sold - spring wheat at a higher price than for grain for bread. “I appreciate the fact that the cabin is quieter and larger than the one on my previous combine harvester,” he says.
With the Constant Flow system, the new Fendt 8410 is able to work out for itself how to perform at its best. “I find it so easy to make use of the many functions of the combine harvester,” says Carl Johan Schmidt. Constant Flow ensures that the speed is regulated in relation to the load - or to put it another way, it automatically regulates the quantity of crops, so that the capacity of the combine harvester is used to the full extent all the time. If the cereals are growing well, the machine drives more slowly, and if it’s not as high, it increases its speed all by itself.
On Carl Johan Schmidt’s farm winter rape has to be harvested by the root with as little waste as possible. “Therefore, I have had a rape auger fitted to my Power Flow cutter bar,” he says. The winter rape is usually so high that it has a tendency to be left hanging on the rear edge of the cutter bar. It doesn’t do this, however, if a rape auger has been fitted, which helps me to direct the cut rape in towards the conveyor. “The system works really well,” says the South Jutland farmer.
The combine harvester’s 1050 tyres on the large wheels and 4WD also contribute to making it more powerful and putting less strain on the earth, as all four wheels are powered wheels. “In general we have black and sticky soil, and this year I have harvested in places I was not able to drive through with the old combine. So I am well pleased with my new combine harvester,” says Carl Johan Schmidt.