Bernd Clasen: “An extraordinarily smooth and quiet-running system”
A ‘trial farmer’ by conviction
Feature by Andreas Frangenberg
Bernd Clasen has been the farm manager at Matthiesen Ackerbau in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania since 1991. His appreciation for the Schumacher cutting system dates back to his early years at the business. It all started in 1993 when a repair claim transformed into a sustained and successful collaboration with Group Schumacher as a trial farm. We called on Bernd Clasen for an interview.
Bernd is a farmer who was born in Schleswig-Holstein and moved to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania when Matthiesen Ackerbau was founded. He leads a team of five whom he affectionately calls ‘my boys’.
They all work hand in hand and never lose their sense of humour – not even in the heat of harvest. Team work is also the cue for Bernd and Gerhard Toben, Group Schumacher’s Technical Service engineer who is a frequent guest at the farm. He has been coming to the farm for a number of years now to discuss the company’s latest developments and decide which innovations are trialed in field conditions at the farm.
They produce sugar beet for the local sugar factory and silage maize for a neighbor’s digester. In addition, they grow rape seed, wheat and rye on 1,500 hectares. The quality of his soils varies greatly and ranges from 18 to 55 value points, so the crop stands are equally variable. Down crops, for example, are a regular problem in all fields. The combining is done by two Claas Lexion 770 models which pulled into the yard five years ago. Both have variable tables and a 12m cutting width.