When the choice between tractor brands was to be made in 2015, Goods Administrator Carl Johan Hjerpsted from Espe og Bonderup Gods was in no doubt that all-round economy and good working places were the most important criteria.
Spring has been put on hold for a while in view of the downpours lasting several days. We were in a place where rain is not usually an issue for much of the growing season. “It’s really dry in May and June in particular, when the crops often need watering a lot,” explains Carl Johan Hjerpsted.
Since 2011 he has been Operations Manager at Espe og Bonderup Gods, which also owns the Lindeskovgaard farm. The three properties are situated in beautiful locations by the coast between Skælskør and Korsør. Hence, there are also several types of soil, from hard clay to salt marshes. There are no domestic animals, but in the fields a total of 625 ha. are cultivated. About 80% of the area is worked without the use of ploughs, which are only used earlier for spring seeding. This working method provides employment for two tractor drivers in addition to the goods administrator. “I want to achieve good savings in crops production as well as good places to work,” says Carl Johan Hjerpsted. These were the objectives he was focusing on when an older fleet of tractors needed to be replaced for the 2016 season.