Horsch has opened a second demonstration farm, this time in the US.
Called AgVision, and located in Downs, Illinois, the 66ha site is in addition to the existing AgroVation demo farm in the Czech Republic. Designed to help develop the Horsch brand in North America, AgVision will focus on key agricultural topics important in the US, and like the Czech farm, has a training room and a machine hall with repair shop.
Providing visitors with an opportunity to see machines in the field, the farm has already converted to Controlled Traffic Farming. Centrally located in the ‘Corn Belt’, where mainly soya beans and maize are grown, Horsch will extend the crop range to include sugar beet, wheat and OSR to gather further experiences with these crops. GMO and non-GMO seed test plots will also be established.
The company reckons the interest in single grain sowing of cereals is increasing in the US and the first tests will start in the autumn. A 32-row Maestro 32.15 single grain seed drill and Joker disc cultivator currently used on the farm, will shortly be joined by other Horsch machines, including a Leeb LT sprayer.
Michael Horsch will be one of the main speakers at the first practical field day in July.