20. Machine demonstrations
20.1 Registration and admission
The binding order is submitted to FiBL Projekte GmbH through the application for approval. The rental agreement comes into effect upon confirmation by FiBL Projekte GmbH. Exhibitors with outdoor areas will receive their stand allocation and confirmation of the presentation in February 2021.
The machine demonstrations are carried out in close consultation with FiBL Projekte GmbH. Each demonstration must be registered and approved. For the demonstrations, the area marked in section 12 is reserved. Demonstrations can only take place in connection with the rental of an outdoor area (at least 50m²). On this area, the exhibited machine (if necessary with tractor) must be parked outside the demonstration. Please include this in your stand planning. A maximum of 5 machines can be registered per exhibitor. For comments during the machine demonstration, please fill in the data sheet, which will be made available on Machine demonstration data sheet
20.2 Area and Schedule
The areas for the machine demonstrations are located next to the exhibition and demonstration areas as well as the experimental areas of the Gladbacherhof (see map section 12). One track per machine is provided on this area. Separate areas are provided to check the machine settings.
All machines will be demonstrated once on each day. The machine demonstrations are planned to take place at 10:00 a.m. for the subject area of agriculture and at 2:00 p.m. for the subject area of forage growing. The times may vary depending on weather conditions and the event schedule.
A maximum of five minutes is planned for the moderation and activation of the machine. The machines will be presented by an expert moderator. The moderator describes the machines with the help of information provided by the manufacturer or trader. For this purpose, the manufacturers or traders must submit a data sheet describing the machine to FiBL Projekte GmbH by 01.05.2021. The machine demonstrations can only take place in the designated area. If no demonstration is held, the machine will be placed on the booked outdoor area.
20.3 Specification by topics
The aim of the machine demonstration is to show visitors agricultural technology that is relevant to organic farming. At the Organic Field Days, machine demonstrations on the topics of arable farming and fodder production are offered. For each thematic block there is a defined size of the demonstration area, which defines the upper limit for participation.
Please note the limitation of the machine widths: Machine widths in the area of chopping technology maximum 6m, machine widths in the area of harrow technology maximum 9m, machine widths in the area of forage harvesting maximum 9m.
Harrow technology (max. 10 harrows)
Crop: Spring Barley
Aim: gentle and at the same time effective row-independent weed regulation
Chopping technology (max. 10 choppers)
Aim: gentle and at the same time effective row-dependent weed regulation
Mowing technology (max. 8 machines)
Crop: Alfalfa grass
Aim: quality-preserving, animal and beneficial insect friendly mowing technology (e.g. beam mowers)
Swath technology (max. 8 machines)
Crop: Alfalfa grass
Aim: forage-friendly technology solutions (classic rotary rakes should not be demonstrated)
Note: The organizer reserves the right to reject individual machines registered for the machine demonstration if he/she is of the opinion that the registered machine does not meet the specified objective or only meets it to a limited extent.
20.4 Weather conditions, cancellation
FiBL Projekte GmbH may cancel a machine demonstration if weather conditions do not allow it. Reasons for this may include improper operation of the machine and lasting damage to the site. The decision on this will be made on the day before the event in question and will involve the machine demonstrators. FiBL Projekte GmbH is not obliged to refund the demonstration fee or any part thereof.
It is necessary that you name your local person responsible for security in writing when you register. This person must be present and available on site during the entire duration of the event and must ensure that the safety principles are observed. Any renaming of this responsibility is only possible until the security briefing and must be notified in writing to FiBL Projekte GmbH.
The central briefing on safety will take place on Tuesday, 22.06.2021 at 14:00 o’clock on the site. Attendance is compulsory for all persons who have been designated by the exhibitor as “responsible person” to FiBL Projekte GmbH and for all drivers of the machine combinations.
All machine demonstrations during the organic field days must be carried out in such a way that any danger to persons and material property can be excluded. All machines used must comply with the underlying directives and laws and have a CE marking. FiBL Projekte GmbH reserves the right to interrupt or prohibit a machine demonstration at any time if safety regulations are not observed or if the situation requires it.
All drivers who work within the scope of the machine demonstration must have the necessary driver’s license and must ensure careful and safety-conscious behavior. All drivers must be instructed by the exhibitor in the handling of the demonstration vehicle. During the event, the zero-alcohol-level rule applies to all drivers. All drivers will be registered and will receive a basic safety briefing on site. Speed must not be a potential hazard for visitors.
For drives from the machine parking area to the demonstration field, walking speed is mandatory. The demonstration area is visually markedby FiBL Projekte GmbH so that visitors can see that they are entering the demonstration area. Exhibitors must ensure that specific safety measures are taken in the event of any particular hazard, which may be caused by the equipment or the situation.
The exhibitor is responsible for the security of the machine during the demonstration and on the stand. FiBL Projekte GmbH will not take out any liability, fire, theft or other insurance for the registered machines. FiBL Projekte GmbH will not bear the costs of transporting the machines to and from the exhibition site. FiBL Projekte GmbH accepts no liability for loss of machines, equipment, superstructures or other valuables brought in by the exhibitor. FiBL Projekte GmbH will provide security personnel to ensure safety during the demonstrations.