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While the nation’s farmers face the impending ban on diquat, German manufacturer Grimme has relaunched its high-output KS600 haulm topper, as UK potato growers search for new methods of pre-harvest crop canopy desiccation. Simon Henley reports.
With diquat no longer approved for use, many potato growers will need to rethink their approach to haulm destruction from 2020. Geoff Ashcroft talks to one Yorkshire contractor who has been carrying out flail and spray operations for close to 20 years.
The business was started in Damme, Germany over 150 years ago by the great-grandfather of the current owner Franz Grimme. Since then, Grimme has enjoyed huge success and is represented in over 100 countries worldwide.
Its reputation is built on quality engineering; innovative design; the use of advanced technologies both in manufacturing and in its machinery and, above all, the team values you would expect in what remains a “family business”. Grimme UK is a wholly owned “daughter company” of the Grimme Group, based in Swineshead near Boston, Lincolnshire. Grimme UK employs more than 90 people in a wide range of sales, engineering and administrative functions to support its dealer network across the UK.