The first signs can be clearly seen as early as May. The landscape should be coming into bloom soon here on farmer Volker Hinze's field. By July at the latest, the still tender little plants along the Landesstraße 321 between Rethen and Meine in Lower Saxony will be an eye-catching sight: a colourful mixture of considerable size.
Information on catch crops and flowering plants
A well-used cycle track runs past the 36-year-old farmer's land. Cyclists have spotted the information boards on the field, give Hinze a wave, approach and stop – people know each other here. The 18 signs provide information about the respective seed mixes for catch crops, wildflower meadows or flowering plants that Hinze sowed here in April. The farmer is hoping to meet interested people: "I'd love to have a discussion with them."
Honey fallow on 2.5 hectares
Maize could actually be grown on this one hectare, just like next door. But Hinze is deliberately leaving this area to "run wild". By doing so, he is actively getting involved in nature conservation. Hinze worries that "there are noticeably fewer bees now". This is a trend that he'd like to help counter. Christoph Siegert of AGRAVIS Niedersachsen-Süd GmbH stresses that "Volker Hinze wants no money for this". Hinze is his customer and he was able to quickly win the farmer's enthusiasm for the extraordinary field trial with different seed mixes from AGRAVIS. Hinze had already decided last year to have honey fallow on 2.5 hectares. "All of that shows how much the environment means to him," says Siegert, happily. And Hinze explains: "Nature isn't just something that I live from, but something in which I would very much like to live."