An Agritechnica Innovation Gold Award

DLG Innovation Award

Agritechnica Gold Badge for Innovation, 2022

There is great joy among those responsible for the companies NEXAT GmbH and Kalverkamp Innovation GmbH located near Osnabruk, Germany. Wholly owned subsidiary Terrakamp located near Redmond, Washington is proud to report the gold award at 2022 DLG Innovation Competition. This award marks the culmination of years of challenging development work by Terrakamp’s NEXAT GmbH and Kalverkamp Innovations. Previous winners of this award have been companies such as John Deere, CnH Global, and Claas.

An Agritechnica Innovation Gold Award is conferred on an innovation demonstrating a new concept in which the functionality has changed decisively and gives rise to a new process or marks a substantial improvement to an existing process. Key criteria for Gold Medal award to NEXAT:


  • Practical significance at farm level
  • Operating profitability and efficiency benefits
  • Improvement on the environment and energy consumption.
  • Work-load reduction and improved health and safety

The judges of the DLG Innovation Gold Medal award recognized NEXAT as a new machine that has not existed before on Earth. This all-encompassing crop production system is based on an electrically driven wide-span interchangeable carrier vehicle. The “all-in-one system” handles all the primary processes of agriculture including; ground preparation, planting & seeding, crop nutrient application and harvesting. The NEXAT propulsion and carrier unit is the primary invention that features a quick-change system that carries and powers modules offering different functionality. Additionally separate undercarriages are no longer required. Due to the always constant working width (45’), the new crop production system ensures the full use of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) and is prepared for full automatization.


Terrakamp’s NEXAT system allows the agriculture world to avoid compaction to 95 % of the total farming area. As a result, the maximum yield potential unfolds while maximum soil and environmental protection is possible. Particularly noteworthy is the possibility of sustainable soil improvement through continuous growth of the soil biome, significant CO2savings (carbon farming), and the sustainable protection of valuable arable land from erosion by wind and water.


From the very beginning the issue of sustainability played the central role in the development, both in economic and ecological terms. “Minimizing the number of machines required through the modular concept enables a reduction in acquisition costs as well as energy savings potential of 20-40 % compared to conventional machines,” explains one of the partners- Felix Kalverkamp. “On the yield side, increases of 10-20% are possible, which can mean a substantial increase in profitability. In addition, there are significant savings in terms of time and manpower,” Kalverkamp continues. 

To maximize the ecological aspect, the electric drive of the wide span swap body vehicle is already prepared for operation by fuel cell with green hydrogen. “This will be a decisive step towards complete climate neutrality,” says Felix Kalverkamp. The NEXAT system will have to assert itself against proven technology that has been tried and tested for years, but Terrakamp sees itself well positioned here as well. “The fact that NEXAT and the Terrakamp process is not just some vision is demonstrated by the fact that the system has already been successfully used in crop production under real conditions for three years and has been put through its paces by selected farmers,” adds Managing Director Klemens Kalverkamp.

 

This project is not a solo effort but has been developed in close cooperation with leading agricultural machinery manufacturers, among others. For example, the Swedish company Väderstad has been a closely involved partner for some time. As an international market-leading manufacturer of tillage, planting and seeding equipment, Väderstad has played a significant role in the development and adaptation of specific module solutions and will offer these for the new crop production system in the future. Terrakamp has establishing additional partnerships with North American manufacturers that specialize in machines and processes more suited to farms in the US and Canada. Several of these American and Canadian market leaders are creating applications to mount on the Nexat in 2023.

Terrakamp is the wholly owned North American subsidiary of the NEXAT company which was founded in 2017 and is exclusively dedicated to the development, production, and distribution of the new plant production process. In doing so, the young company draws on Kalverkamp’s more than 50 years of development and consulting expertise, which has engineered numerous product developments for leading international agricultural machinery manufacturers

Time for change.