A lot has changed on Georg Wilhelm Völger's farm in the last 25 years. He has consistently developed his business. Just like Fendt. Both companies have evolved from specialists to full-liners. From tractors to threshers to forage harvesting. Paths that are not unknown to either company. Critics claim that the strategy of the agricultural engineering companies has some pitfalls in store for practical use, but Völger makes the advantages clear: "You already know the logic of operation from the tractors and can therefore quickly get to grips with the combine harvester, for example. The biggest advantage, however, is the data management and handling, because this is now all of a piece.
The argument that many farmers do not buy according to colour, but according to function and quality, does not count for Völger either. Because he is thoroughly convinced of Fendt's product range: only a satisfied customer is a customer, otherwise he goes to the competitor. For him, the quality of the manufacturer is decisive.
"Every piece of equipment is only as good as its dealer or dealer network. In our case, it is RWZ Riedstadt-Wolfskehlen, with whom we have been working successfully for years. Agriculture is a seasonal business and the technology has to work when it is needed. I have to be able to rely on the reliability of man and machine - even if I and my son, as trained automotive mechatronics engineers, can do a lot of work ourselves in the workshop."
Georg Wilhelm Völger's heart beats for agriculture. A passion that has been passed down in the family for generations. In order to be able to live this passion, the farmer had to embark on new paths. For a long time, the farm was located in the heart of Arheilgen, a suburb of Darmstadt. But there the air to breathe was taken away from him. The old farm was small and not designed for the modern, ever-increasing technology. So the Völgers were forced to take a new path. However, the arable farm with special crops was not only to go out into the countryside outside the city limits. No, Georg Wilhelm Völger and his wife Irmtraut wanted to restructure the business and make it fit for the future, so that the two sons were offered a perspective for a possible start.
As a family business, the Völgers worked together on a strategy to make the company fit for the future. They set out on this path at the end of the 1970s - with the purchase of the first brand-new Fendt tractor. Since then, a further 20 tractors have made their way to the Main metropolis, almost half of which are on the farm today. "We have all the series on the farm, with the exception of the 300 series," explains the entrepreneur proudly.
For many years, the farm, which today covers 220 hectares, was managed with grassland and arable farming in a regionally typical way. This also included the cultivation of asparagus. The area between Darmstadt and Frankfurt is by far the largest cultivation area for this noble vegetable in Hesse. But the special crop takes its toll. In spring, everything revolved around the asparagus. The workload in the first half of the year was enormous. Only at the end of the harvest season was it possible to concentrate on the other arable crops. Things were not to continue like this. The family council's idea: full-liner instead of specialist, and for that full time, spread over the whole year. A strategy that coincides with that of Fendt.