German machinery manufacturer Amazone will widen its product portfolio with the addition of hoeing technology it has bought from Maschinenfabrik Schmotzer GmbH. The deal will be completed in January 2019.
Amazone directors, Christian Dreyer and Dr Justus Dreyer, regard the takeover of Schmotzer’s hoeing technology as an important step towards the development of their company’s “core competence in plant care”. “The hoe is experiencing a renaissance especially in the large farming countries. It lived in the shadows beyond organic agriculture but is now being viewed as an important tool in farming once again.
“Apart from mechanical weed destruction, other positive aspects of hoeing regarding soil structure, root growth and nutrient mobilisation are in the foreground,” they stated.
Schmotzer partner Ferdinand Wahl, who will stay affiliated with the newly founded Schmotzer Hacktechnik GmbH & Co. KG (and part of the Amazone Group) said that, thanks to technical advances that have only become practical in recent years, such as the combination of the hoe, camera and steering systems, it is now possible to achieve a better coverage at a significantly more competitive cost per hectare using this type of equipment.
“I’m glad to have found in Amazone a partner which will be able to assist and further develop this sector,” he pointed out.
According to Christian and Justus Dreyer, they see a huge potential for hoe technology in integrated plant production. “The combination of hoe technology with liquid fertiliser and targeted, or even selective, application of plant protection in the same working step, opens up further possibilities for optimisation of agriculture,” they continued.
“In this machine segment we want to take over the innovation leadership,” they added.
The manufacturing of the hoes will remain at the Schmotzer site in Bad Windsheim.