Agricultural film-makers Jörn and Tammo Gläser have travelled widely through Germany to make four new programmes to document the work of farmers and contractors using the latest agricultural machinery.
In total there are 120 examples of farm work including over 250 modern tractors, crawlers, combines, forage harvesters and specialist vehicles.
Enthusiasts of their previous documentaries on farming in North America and Russia will need no introduction to these highly popular productions.
Volume 1 starts in early in a wet spring when soft ground makes cultivation difficult. Agricultural contractors are drilling beet and planting potatoes. Soil preparation for spring cereals is in full swing.
In Volume 2 it is early summer with New Holland and Claas forage harvesters taking first cuts of grass. Large-scale Krone combines are at work, and the highlights of the programme include the 524 hp Claas Xerion 5000 and the Agco Challenger.
In Volume 3, combines with cutterbars up to 12 metres are busy harvesting, followed by balers and large John Deere articulated tractors dealing with the stubble. Film from Bavaria deals with grassland and we see forestry machines at work in Hesse.
Machines at work in Volume 4 – the autumn – include the Krone BigX 1100 and Fendt’s new Kantana 65 forage harvester as well as the Claas Lexion 770 and Case IH Quadtrac. Winter cereals are being drilled, while sugar beet is harvested and loaded.
- Running time 370 mins approx
- PAL DVD