Surrounded by a cloud of dust, a Fendt IDEAL 9T threshes rapeseed against the backdrop of the picturesque village of Dankmarshausen – in the background is a huge white manmade mountain, the 'Monte Kali' or ‘Kalimanjaro’. It's a hot day in August, with the sun burning down at 36° Celsius. “Perfect for harvesting,” says Konrad Miosge, Operations Manager of AG Dankmarshausen.
This Fendt IDEAL 9T belongs to the Dankmarshausen farming cooperative (AG Dankmarshausen), just like the ten Fendt Vario tractors that are used around the white Mount Kali (Mount potash) over an area spanning more than 2,300 hectares. The farm is located in the Thuringian Werra-Suhl Valley in the heart of Germany's largest potash mining areas. The Fendt IDEAL is expected to harvest an average of 700 hectares per year, and the warm dry month of August brings good harvest conditions. "It means we can take our time with the harvest – that's great for our drivers," says Konrad Miosge. Often the harvest time windows are short, the weather is changeable and two combines have to do the job. "With a bit more rain during the growing season, the conditions would have been perfect." Yields from this harvest were 7-9 t/ha for wheat, 7.5-8.5 t/ha for rye and 6.5-8 t/ha for winter barley. "This is a solid result for 2020, but certainly not a record year. The Fendt IDEAL manages a good area coverage and the grain losses are also low," confirms the satisfied farm manager.