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Agrarbetriebe Schliebener Land

The Agrarbetriebe Schliebener Land agri-business is located in southern Brandenburg between Berlin and Dresden. In addition to the 1,700 dairy cows kept there, 2,150 ha is under cultivation. Highly heterogeneous soils and low rainfall of around 400 l per year are the challenges. Direct sowing has been practised here for 6 years. Sowing has been carried out with the Primera DMC for 4 years. The goals of general manager Björn Förster are as follows:

  • Permanent coverage of the soil with catch crops to protect the soil against evaporation
  • Humus formation
  • Minimal soil tillage
  • Conservation of resources


For Björn Förster, the catch crop is a major crop rotation component. A catch crop is sown directly after combining before almost every crop. Depending on the crop rotation, the main crop is sown directly or into the sprayed off crop via the chisel opener of the Primera DMC. The tines mean that the catch crop stays on the field and protects the soil against drying out and evaporation. Furthermore, the catch crop serves as a nitrogen source and ensures the continuous formation of humus. This not only saves valuable soil moisture but also time and resources!


Why Primera DMC?

  • Extremely high work rates
  • Speeds of 18 km/h are no problem
  • 70 ha/day at a working width of 6 m
  • Placement is very precise at high speeds
  • Direct seeder → water-conserving
  • Tines do not destroy soil life or the soil structure.
  • No blockages. The Primera DMC easily copes with a large amount of organic matter – with a row width of 18.75 cm
  • Liquid fertiliser application directly at the tines
  • Chisel opener clears the seed channel and places the seed precisely
  • No hair-pinning effect – crop residues completely removed from the seed furrow


Paul Nogatz (responsible for sowing) is a qualified farmer and sees the advantages of the Primera DMC:

  • Very large seed hopper divided into 3 sections
  • No need for stubble breaking or primary soil tillage
  • Reduced work time
  • Extremely simple operation as a result of easy calibration via the TwinTerminal
  • High area coverage
  • Very precise placement depth due to individual depth control of the coulters
  • Optimum use of water – because water is a scarce commodity


“Especially in view of climate change, the Primera DMC supports us with water-conserving sowing. The catch crops mean that we save valuable water and can still achieve a good and uniform placement depth, field emergence and yields through the chisel opener!”

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Alexander Kutilin, OOO „Geja“ (1) Alexander_Kutilin_Geja_d1_210201

Alexander Kutilin, OOO "Geya" (Zelinniy, Verkh-Marushka, Altayskiy Krai)

“Wheat, peas, soya, buckwheat, rape, barley, oats and lentils are grown on our seed farm on an area of 8,000 ha. We have been using Primera DMC seed drills since 2009, and they are the only machines used to sow these crops. Three of these seed drills are enough to meet all of our needs these days.

We have completely dispensed with ploughing. We use shallow soil tillage and direct sowing across the entire area. Nowadays, many farms in Altayskiy Kraj which focus on increasing yields are converting to minimum and direct seeding methods. The AMAZONE machines are perfect for this.

The Primera DMC seed drills are ideally suited to our conditions: Firstly, this is a universal machine which works independently of soil tillage - from minimal to conventional tillage with the plough. Secondly, the seed drill provides an optimum seedbed. Precise sowing with minimal soil destruction and water retention in the seed layer ensures good, uniform field emergence. Thirdly, the seed rate can be quickly adjusted - which is important for the tractor driver and determines the high work rate: We sow 120 ha of buckwheat, 90 ha of peas or 100 ha of wheat with the Primera DMC in one day. That's an average of about 10 ha per hour.

We have been using the special Fertiliser Delivery Cart in combination with the Primera DMC since 2019. This enables the liquid fertiliser to be precisely and reliably applied at the same time as the seed. This combination is used to carry out sowing and starter liquid fertilisation in a single pass. In addition, the combination of a Primera DMC seed drill with its own granular fertiliser tank and the Fertiliser Delivery Cart can be used for the simultaneous application of liquid fertiliser and granulated mineral fertiliser.

I would also like to say that the use of the Primera DMC seed drill pays off in full when growing different crops - we have been following the trend of increasing yields for several years now, even though the soil and climate conditions in our region are not ideal."

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Sergey Borzov, General Director of OOO “Vasilyevskoye” (Stawropolskiy Rajon, Oblast Samara)

“We have a long-term and productive working relationship with AMAZONE. Our initial introduction to the technology behind the brand was in 1991, when we purchased a crop protection sprayer. Incidentally, the machine is still working on the farm. 19 years have passed since then and we decided to utilise AMAZONE technology when updating our machinery. We currently have practically the whole range of machinery that is manufactured at AMAZONE Eurotechnika, the Russian plant: These are precision air seeders and cereal seed drills, cultivators, crop protection sprayers and fertiliser spreaders.

All the technology is adapted to the cultivation method used at our farm. We work on our 10,000 hectares using a conservation cultivation techniue and therefore try to optimally incorporate crop residues. In doing so, we use fewer inputs and so reduced costs. AMAZONE machinery is a perfect complement for our crop production concept. In particular, I would like to mention the Primera DMC seed drill with 9 m working width, which has been working successfully for us for years and provides a high sowing quality with precise depth control across the entire area. The seed drill has long since paid for itself and works with high reliability.

In general, AMAZONE machinery is very comfortable to work with and the service is extremely good. When problems arise, they are promptly solved by the service specialists within the day. In the event of damage, all components are in stock, and the machinery does not let us down , which is very important in our soil and climate conditions, because every hour in the field counts. On a positive note, we haven’t had any serious downtime so far, mostly just wear parts and small things.”

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Utyamischev Ilnur, OOO „Woronezhskoye“ (1) утямишев_d1_201223

Utyamischev Ilnur, OOO “Woronezhskoye" (Gayskiy Rajon, Oblast Orenburg)

“Wheat, barley, oats, lentils, chickpeas and grass are grown on the OOO ‘Woronezhskoye‘ farm. We gave up ploughing a few years ago - we use deep looseners to work without inverting the soil. Some of the fields are cultivated using conservation tillage, and we also have fallow fields.

I am very familiar with AMAZONE machinery. I bought the first machines of this make six years ago - these were UG 3000 crop protection sprayers.

I bought a Primera DMC seed drill with a 9 m working width three years ago. We use this with a ClaasXerion tractor (330 HP). We sow cereals, chickpeas and grass with the Primera DMC and achieve good work rates - an average of over 200 ha per day. Another advantage of the Primera DMC: The seed drill solves the problems with fine seeds which many farms are currently experiencing - it is difficult to distribute fine seed evenly, which is why field emergence is often patchy. The Primera DMC copes with this task very well, placing the seed into the ground in an ideal manner and achieves extremely even field emergence."

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