Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences invests in state-of-the-art tractor technology
A new tractor for research and teaching: this was presented by representatives of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and CLAAS at the Waldhof, the university's agricultural pilot plant in Wallenhorst. Also present was Guido Willmann from AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH, which delivered the machine.
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- Bernd Westhoff holds a model of the new tractor in his hand; the original is standing behind the representatives of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the agricultural machine manufacturer CLAAS. The transfer took place on the grounds of the university’s agricultural pilot plant, the Waldhof, in Wallenhorst. The following people were present: (from left) Janina Ostendorf (Corporate Human Resources, CLAAS), Professor Dieter Trautz (Professor of Agricultural Ecology and Environment-Sparing Land Management; manager of the Waldhof pilot plant), Bernd Westhoff (CLAAS representative), Professor Hubert Korte (Professor of Agricultural Machinery), Guido Willmann (AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH), Hubert Borchert (Waldhof plant manager) and Dr Martin Leinker (Corporate Product Strategy, CLAAS).
“With this model, we have acquired a key machine for the major subject of ‘networked agriculture’,” stated Professor Hubert Korte from the Faculty of Agricultural Science and Landscape Architecture. Amongst other things, the field of the data-supported precision farming is of great significance to the agriculture of the future, with regards to conserving resources through intelligent machinery. For example, the ISOBUS data transmission system, which is also built into the university’s new tractor, plays a central role in communication between tractor and accessory equipment.
Tractor by AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock
“The new tractor will provide perfect support for research projects and student work and will also continue to intensify collaborations between the university and the CLAAS locations, such as those in Harsewinkel and Dissen,” said Dr Martin Leinker, who co-ordinates network projects with universities at CLAAS. The tractor is the ARION 420 model. Some basic information: 75 KW, 4.5 l cylinder capacity, equipped with an automatic load switch engine, a multi-function grip and a panoramic cabin. It was supplied by AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH.
Using the latest machinery
Professor Dieter Trautz, head of the university's agricultural pilot plants, stressed the significance of using modern machines: “It goes without saying that our courses are more attractive to our students if they can work with these machines. And they take these experiences with them back to their home farms.” It is also essential that employees of the pilot plants are able to use the latest machinery. And not least numerous scientists at the university are involved with research projects on the digitalisation of agriculture, where their work is very practice-orientated. “We must have the technological standard to be able to carry out innovative teaching and research work,” Korte stated.
Exchange of science and practice
The agricultural machine manufacturer CLAAS is also engaged with Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences as a promoter of German scholarships. More and more students are taking the opportunity to write their theses in the business, complete internships or practice projects and take part in excursions. “This exchange of science and practice is also very important for us from a business point of view,” said Janina Ostendorf, who is the CLAAS Senior Advisor for University Management.