Eike Zschoche: “Very reliable – especially in wet crops“
Feature by Andreas Frangenberg
Manager of a 400ha farm, successful breeder of Harzer Rotes Höhenvieh cattle, grass seed propagator, qualified butcher and a farmer who is committed to direct drilling and ammonium-enriched Cultan fertiliser application and at the same time interested in sustainable farming and increasing humus – these are just a few of the distinguishing features of this particular farm machinery engineer with a PhD degree who is not easily pigeon-holed. Andreas Frangenberg spent an afternoon at the ‘unconventional’ farm and was intrigued by what he found there.
Diversity is what defines Eicke’s private interests and hobbies as well as his professional life. He is into machines, greening rooftops, keeping bees (domesticated and wild), conservation farming, classical concerts and brass music – to mention just a few of Dr Eicke Zschoche’s interests.
In addition, he has always been in search of scientific insights that are not readily available. After attending a Polytechnic College for ten years, he served an apprenticeship as a farm machinery mechanic. Then he went on to pass the university matriculation examination and studied agricultural machinery, ending up with a PhD. As if that wasn’t enough, he passed his master craftsman exam as a butcher in 2004 and went on to gain further qualifications in bee keeping and strategies for increasing humus. Eicke is also a keen follower of the Kaindorf Humus Days and the findings that are presented here.