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The farming research collaboration between the NDI Group and Danish Agricultural Research company SEGES continues its cooperation with a new scientific experiment, in which the efficiency of two different wheel solutions used during the sowing campaign will be compared.
Last year, the NDI Group initiated a farming research collaboration with SEGES and ran an experiment to measure the benefits of driving with a complete VF tire setup on a manure spreader and tractor while fertilizing a cornfield. As a result of the successful collaboration and tire test that showed how VF-tires could ensure an increase of 32 Euros per hectare, the two companies started a new tire experiment in April 2022.
- We have taken the next steps in our farming research collaboration with SEGES and started a new experiment. This time, we are investigating how significant an effect the combination of VF-tires and a special wheel solution used during the sowing seasons has on the yield and quality of corn. Now we are comparing a solution with double wheels in which wide tires are driving on top of four rows being sown with an alternative solution with narrow wheels and VF-tires from Alliance. Here, the wheels drive between the rows, and the VF-tires with decreased pressure, tells the sales manager in the agricultural division of the NDI Group, Jakob Nannberg Scheel.
Better customer guidance
The purpose of the tire experiment that is taking place at the Agerbæk Machinery Station is, according to Jakob Nannberg Scheel, to gain new, scientifically based knowledge about the effect different wheel solutions have on the yield and quality of corn, so the NDI Group can provide its customers with even better guidance:
- It is all about ensuring that we can offer the best possible guidance to our customers in the agricultural industry. Here SEGES is a perfect, independent collaboration partner as a bridge-builder between research and farming in practice, as they are experts in farming research. They ensure that the tire experiment will follow scientific standards. It gives us the scientific foundation of our customer consulting, he says.
The first of its kind
According to Henning Sjørslev Lyngvig, a consultant within the area of field technology at SEGES, the tire experiment follows a method similar to the one used in the previous tire experiment done by the two companies.
- The method is the same as last time. We are driving with two different wheel setups in four rows each while sowing the corn. During the year, we will follow up and assess the growth and quality of the crops. After the harvest in the autumn, we will analyze the data and compare the corn crops. Then we will conclude how significant an effect the wheel solution has on the yield and quality of the crops, he says and continues:
- An experiment in Germany has already shown that using a wheel solution that allows the tire to drive between the rows increases the yield – but this is the first time we have conducted such an experiment in Denmark. We look very much forward to seeing the results and how the results can give us new, valuable insights and practically implementable knowledge to the farmers.
Apart from Henning Sjørslev Lyngvig, Martin Mikkelsen, consultant in roughage at SEGES, participated in the trial that is expected to finish by the end of 2022.