Lemken acquires the Hoeing
technology specialist Steketee
Lemken, the specialist for agricultural technology,
has acquired the Dutch manufacturer of innovative
mechanical weed control implements Steketee, to expand
its own crop care product portfolio including future-
oriented camera-assisted machine control.
Steketee's proprietary camera technology supports
farmers in controlling their machines precisely and
facilitates both conventional hoeing between rows and
hoeing between plants within a row.
Lemken has also acquired Steketee's soil cultivation
division Rumptstad, but not its crop ventilation
"The acceptance of chemical crop care agents is
decreasing, both among farmers and within the broader
society," says Lemken managing director Anthony van
der Ley. "At the same time, resistance against currently
available active substances is continually increasing, while
hardly any new substances are coming onto the market.
"Also, legal requirements are becoming more and more
stringent, and we therefore need effective alternatives,"
he says. "Given the widespread use of herbicides, they
offer the greatest potential for reducing the use of
chemical crop care products. LEMKEN is fully aware of
this responsibility, and we intend to promote mechanical
weed control by adding hoeing technology to our product
Lemken will work with Steketee to expand the company's
Dutch facilities and build on its existing manufacturing
capacities. The Steketee and Rumptstad brand names will
be retained for the time being.
Klaas Veerman will continue to have responsibility for
Steketee's operative management together with Iljan
Schouten, Head of Lemken's Crop Care Business Unit.
Pictures (from left) is: Klaas Veerman. MD Steketee (former owner);
Anthony van der Ley - CEO Lemken GmbH & Co KG; and Iljan Schouten
Lemken Head of Business Unit Crop Care.
Strong tractors registrations during July
The tractor and self propelled machinery registration statistics issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade
Association covering the period to the end of July show a market that has continued to improve as the year
progresses and that has performed well in recent months. Since the introduction of the split vehicle registration year
in 2013, July has become a significant month for the registration of tractors and, while in recent years July has been
second only to January, this July saw the highest level of monthly registrations so far this year. There were 249 new
tractors registered during this July which is an increase of nearly 5 per cent on the 238 units registered during July
of 2017 and, more surprisingly is also more tractors than were registered during this January when 238 units were
also registered. A total of 1,349 new tractors have been registered during the first seven months of this year and while
that is a drop of 4 per cent on the same period of 2018 this must be seen in the context of the January registrations
which were 29 per cent down on 2017. The three counties with the highest levels of registrations continue to be Cork,
Tipperary and Wexford with 181, 110 and 106 units registered respectively to the end of July.
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