Located in Gross-Umstadt, Germany (just south of Frankfurt) is the DLG Test Center. The DLG (Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V., or German Agricultural Society) operates the test center, which is one of the leading centers for testing the quality of agricultural technology and farm inputs in Europe. Politically and economically independent, the more than 50 employees conduct more than 1,100 technical tests per year, test more than 2,500 consumable products per year, and award more than 400 quality seals per year. Nationally and internationally accredited, it is a test center for manufacturers, traders, regulatory authorities and agricultural producers.
Recently, Farm Industry News was invited get a behind-the-scenes look at the work done at the center. It was a fascinating view of how all sorts of agricultural products, from ear tags to high-horsepower tractors, are put through their paces to ensure they measure up to the rigors of agricultural production.
Products can receive certification from the DLG in areas that include animal farming and renewable energy products, agricultural products, vehicles, garden and forestry equipment, electronic systems and consumables. In addition, test results are published by the DLG and distributed to farmers throughout the world. About 1.5 million downloads of the DLG test reports are made per year…or about 4,000 per day (available free of charge at www.DLG.org). Photos: Mark Moore
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