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AEROSTAR 1200 on a trip through Russia-
A practical experience report by Christian Kowalczyk

Christian Kowalczyk is the manager of R.L. Bryansk in Russia. Since this spring, he has also an AEROSTAR 1200 in his fleet. He explained us his experience after the first season with our tined weeder and he gave us a brief introduction about the R.L. Bryansk Company. For sure the insights into your operation will be very interesting and informative for our clients and business partners – Thank you very much, therefore!

The friendship between Christian Kowalczyk and the company Einböck is the result of Mr. Kowalczyk `s former activity at Eko Niva – because of several visits in Russia, but also because of meetings at various fairs and events the contact was intensified and a business relationship became a friendship.


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The friendship between Christian Kowalczyk and the company Einböck is the result of Mr. Kowalczyk `s former activity at Eko Niva – because of several visits in Russia, but also because of meetings at various fairs and events the contact was intensified and a business relationship became a friendship.We are therefore all the more delighted that since this spring also Christian has been one of our clients. He purchased an AEROSTAR 1200 from our dealer Agrozentr Liski (branch in Bryansk) for the R.L. Bryansk Company.Mainly the tined weeder was used in winter wheat to support tillering and to break hard soil crusts. Thus, the evaporation of valuable soil water is prevented. The use of the weeder in spring barley was unfortunately only possible for a short time, due to the weather conditions, the weeding season was relatively short this year. However, the experiments showed that the final effect on the control of mustard and cruciferous plants was very satisfactory.
The AEROSTAR 1200 was in 10 days only able to cultivate 1,500 ha of the planned 2,200 ha – which are still impressive 150 ha per day. Unfortunately the weather did not allow a longer use of the tined weeder.The R.L. Bryansk Company is located in the region of Bryansk in western Russia – directly on the border to the Ukraine. Currently 20,000 ha of total 24,000 ha are used as farm land, the remaining 4,000 ha is fallow land which is currently being re-cultivated.As main crops winter wheat, spring barley, spring rape and peas are grown, lupines and sunflower complete the crop rotation.Particularly impressive is the machinery of the plough-less tillage farm – per 1.800 ha the farm has only one high-horsepower tractor (i.e. 2 x 430 hp, 11 x 320 hp) in operation. The shallow tillage is done by three 12 m wide short disc harrows (up to 15,000 ha / unit / year). For the deep soil cultivation two 7 m wide cultivators are used (up to 8,000 ha / unit / year). The main focus of the cultivation is placed on the regulation of the water balance (an annual precipitation of 600 mm makes water to a rare commodity), which is why the decision was made for a mulch-till system. Furthermore, currently it is also important to level the fields to reduce soil erosion.
As far as possible after the harvest is done a shallow tillage to make volunteer grain sprout and to keep the residual moisture in the soil. The fields which are not flat enough are, of necessity, tilled 15 -20 cm deep with the cultivator. Efforts are made to finish the seedbed of crops, which are sow in spring, already in autumn, as far as possible. A shallow tillage is needed for spring rape because of its late seed-time – for this operation leveling the surface, disrupting of the capillary attraction and mechanical weed control.

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