When the wheat stands rich and gold on the fields, you know there
will be a good harvest, but when that same wheat still stands upright in line at harvest time, you know you will get a LEMKEN yield.
At SE Terblanche Boerdery on the farm Fleur de Luke near Marble Hall in
South Africa, the Terblanche brothers are harvesting their wheat before the
big rain comes. Dandré Terblanche smiles when he tells that fellow farmers do not believe him when he says they expect an average harvest of 7,5 to 8 tonnes per hectare and the wheat still stands upright.
They believe that with such a yield, wheat has a tendency to lie down.
The difference is the placement of the seed, says Sias Humphries of
AFGRI Marble Hall, suppliers of the LEMKEN equipment.
Blackie Swart, Regional Manager of LEMKEN SA, explains: “With the
LEMKEN Solitair you plant in kilogram per hectare and the wheat is equally
spaced in rows. With the equal placement of seeds in a uniform, smooth
seedbed, they all germinate and grow at the same rate without being in competition with each other.”
This means that each stem is firmly anchored to the ground with a well developed root system. Lucas and Dandré manage the field
cropping part of the farm with crops such as wheat, soya beans, cotton,
tobacco, potatoes, small white beans, maize and seed maize, and their
brother, Jaco, is the citrus man. They are the third generation of Terblanche’s to cultivate the irrigation farm since the 1950s.
“My father is still here too, but he only drives through every day to check
up om us,” jokes Dandré. They state that the LEMKEN Solitair
planter brought a 1,1 to 1,5 t/ha yield improvement to the farm, and the
wheat harvest still improves annually as cultivation with the other LEMKEN implements improves the soil structure.
Fleur de Luke’s blue fleet started with a 4-metre Karat 9 bought in 2019
after the Terblanche team saw the machines in action at Val Farmers’ Day.
They say they did a lot of research beforehand and talked to other farmers, but those demonstrations clinched the deal.
“The Karat is not like an ordinary ripper that only draws furrows in the soil;
tilling happens over the complete working length and depth of the Karat. The action happens underneath the soil with reconsolidation that takes place when the rollers move over,” Blackie explains.
The soil on the farm varies from high to low clay content. In places there is
even sand gravel, but they mostly have heavy soils. The Karat cultivates between 600 and 700 hectares per season at an average working speed of 9 km/h, which means about 25 hectares per day. The working depth varies from 250 to 350 mm depending on the soil, and the Karat does its job comfortably with 275 kW of tractor power. Earlier, they did five cultivations per land, but now only three. It saves diesel and time.
Another LEMKEN implement on the farm is the Heliodor 8 that was used to
carry their first Solitair planter. After the first season, the 4-metre Solitair 8 was upgraded to the 6-metre Solitair 9 on a Rubin for two reasons: wider operation and electronic seed measurement instead of mechanical.
“If you want to plant 100 kg of seed per hectare, then the Solitair 9 plants exactly 100 kg! And if something goes wrong, the machine tells you, showing a little crying face on the screen, and you can correct it from the cabin, ”says Dandré.
The upgrade unleashed the Heliodor for other work. Dandré says with the
Heliodor he can quickly cut material on the fields and control weeds before
The machine has little wear, low maintenance, and works at 12 km/h.
It leaves a perfect seedbed with fertile soil, because the microbes work faster to break down biological material and place humus in the top layer.
The next LEMKEN to join the blue team on the farm will the Rubin 12 for
cutting dense material, such as the seed maize stover that must quickly
make way for small white beans, and the tough tobacco stools that remain
after the harvest.
The brothers are very pleased with the support they receive from the entire LEMKEN team. “We are not alone; we all work together.”
You can also get a LEMKEN yield. Contact Karel Munnik at +27 82-412-
2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Blackie Swart at +27 82-404-9651
or email@example.com. The office number is +27 86-267-5720.