Mehr als sieben Jahre sind seit dem letzten Relaunch von landtechnikvideos.de vergangen. Eine kleine Ewigkeit, wenn man sich mit Internetspezialisten unterhält. Wir haben uns deshalb vielen Gedanken gemacht, wie wir unsere Arbeit und unsere Produkte frischer und moderner präsentieren können. Hier seht ihr nun das Ergebnis!30. March 2023
Hello, this is us and this is our passion!
Built in 1985
Dipl.-Ing. Degree in Agrimarketing and Management
Favourite tractor: Case IH Quadtrac 535
Favourite destination: Saskatchewan (Canada)
Favourite film subject so far: 65-metre wide seed drill (Farming in Australia)
Number of minutes filmed: 60,000 +
Number of drone crashes so far: 2
Built in 1988
BEng Degree in Agrimarketing and Management
Favourite tractor: Fendt Favorit 615 LSA
Favourite destination: France
Favourite film subject: Deutz-Fahr in front of a volcano in Chile
Number of photos taken so far: 500,000 +
Number of drone crashes so far: 1
1985 – 2000
Milking cows in the school holidays
This is us – Tammo and Jörn. We spent every spare minute of our childhood on our uncle’s dairy farm. This is where we learnt how to drive tractors on a Fendt Farmer 309 LSA and took most of our first snaps of farm machinery on a pocket film camera.
2001 – 2002
Out and about with the video camera
We were always borrowing our father’s 8‑mm camera to capture exciting images and action shots of farm machinery on film. We’ll never forget our first shots of the Fendt Favorit 800 and 900 tractors driven by various agricultural contractors. We produced our first film compilation entitled “Five Hours of Farm Machinery – Across All Areas” on VHS tape. We made our first sales via newspaper adverts and were super proud of each farm machinery video tape we sold.
Our first DVD
We just kept on gathering material! Tammo recorded the video footage and Jörn took the photos. Jörn got his first digital camera in the summer of 2003 and one of his first ‘digital’ subjects was a Claas Xerion 2500 tractor. With the new camera in tow, we set off on our bikes and not long after with the car, to hunt for more and more farming and farm machinery subjects to film in the surrounding area. We secured a small website and from then on, shared many of our farm machinery photos online with a growing community of fellow enthusiasts. Our first website domain – www.vario716.de – is still active today. We made our first farm machinery DVD entitled “Autumn 2003 – Beet Harvest in Focus” on our home PC. Just like our VHS cassettes, we made copies of the DVDs in our childhood bedroom. Our parents supported us from the very beginning with every new idea we had, and managed all the shipping and accounting tasks for our small family business.
2004 – 2005
We filmed our first articulated tractors
Our film archive was filling up fast and by now, we’d already documented the main types of field work in our region. In the summers of 2004 and 2005, we went to film in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the first time and got the chance to see some mega-sized farm machinery. We recorded everything on a MiniDV camera from then on. We’ll never forget filming our first articulated tractor, a John Deere 9320, in the outskirts of Magdeburg. The footage we took of this and many other machines was made into feature-length films with titles such as “Farm Machinery Perfection” and “Agricultural Adventure”. We continued to reproduce the farm machinery DVDs in our childhood bedroom. We had also started to reach international customers via eBay.
2006 – 2008
Travelling throughout Germany in HD
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Blunk Agricultural Contractors, we followed the team throughout the farming year and experimented with narration for the first time on this farm machinery DVD. We were now filming in HD and shooting photos with a single-lens reflex camera. We used Landtechnikvideos.de as our website URL and brand name from then on. Our double-disc DVD “Four-Wheel Drive – Drive for More“ was the first film we had produced externally as part of a larger run and the first for which we filmed abroad – this time in Hungary. We also took aerial footage of tillage work and maize harvesting using a gyrocopter and paraglider. We sent a mailshot to all our customers for the first time informing them about the new DVD. In April 2007, we uploaded the first video to our YouTube channel.
Farming in North America
We filmed our first proper international agricultural documentary in Canada – specifically the province of Alberta – and in the US state of Montana. How would the farmers react to our cameras, and what would our audience think about the idea? We had a lot of questions on our mind when we embarked on this trip – it was the first time we’d invested any serious amount into a production. Alongside the filming work, we also reported on our daily experiences via a live blog. The two farm machinery DVDs “Farming in North America” Volumes 1 and 2 were the first we had translated into English and French. Our international audience that we’d reached via dealers and publications helped to increase the production run. The commentary-free audio track also allowed viewers to enjoy the sounds of the audio without any voice-over. A feature that we’ve kept on all subsequent farm machinery DVDs. The first proper logo was created for ‘landtechnikvideos.de’.
Travelling through Russia’s chernozem region
We’d caught the travel bug. Thanks to some helpful contacts, we had the opportunity to focus on Russia for our next international topic. In spite of some serious forest fires, we set off on our journey in September 2010 and were rewarded with some impressive footage despite the circumstances. What sticks in our minds is the contrast between the old Soviet equipment and the modern farm machinery from the West. Our „Farming in Russia“ farm machinery DVD was translated into three languages and sold in numerous countries. We added a GoPro Hero action camera to our collection of filming equipment.
A journey of discovery through Canada’s bread basket
In the spring, we filmed in Belgium and the Netherlands. Some good contacts and a longing for a new adventure drew us back to Canada in the summer of 2011. We travelled for thousands of miles around Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon. We made some great contacts and filmed farm machinery at work in ways in which we’d never even imagined before. Nevertheless, we were still active in the agricultural industry back home in Germany. Our „Farming in Germany“ DVD box set topped everything we had released to date: 370 minutes of runtime on four DVDs, filming locations across the entire country, packaged in an appealing slipcase and translated into five languages (German, English, French, Spanish and Italian)..
The US Midwest and Australia
The positive feedback we had received on our first production in Canada inspired us to embark on another international trip in spring 2012. Gigantic seed drills and triple-tyred articulated tractors featured heavily in our filming. In addition to a farm machinery DVD, our „Farming in North America Vol. 3“ title was also produced on Blu-ray. Landtechnikvideos.de got its own Facebook page. From then on, we used the page to keep our fans up to date on our film projects. In late summer, we took our first trip to the Czech Republic. In December 2012, in temperatures of up to 47 degrees, we filmed the grain harvest in Western Australia – our first time in the southern hemisphere. It was the prelude to our most elaborate production to date!
Maize harvest in Germany and travelling around Australia
In the spring, we made two more trips down under for filming. Whilst there, we covered thousands of miles and filmed on dozens of farms. Capturing the largest seed drill in the world on camera was a unique opportunity. That was also the first time we’d come across sugar cane cultivation. For our film entitled „Farm Machinery in Focus – Maize Harvest“, we studied the most powerful forage harvesters in existence and filmed in several regions of Germany. We used a motorised paraglider at the time to take aerial footage of the Krone BiG X. This farm machinery video was also released on Blu-ray. Throughout the entire year, we followed the team from Reiff Agricultural Contractors in Luxembourg for a new documentary. Plus, we produced a weekly calendar for 2014 with 52 different images.
Farming in Australia and Reiff Agricultural Contractors
Our farm machinery DVD „Reiff Agricultural Contractors Vol. 1“ was released in spring 2014 and was just one of many film ideas that we have brought to life with Reiff over the years. Our DVD Reiff Agricultural Contractors Vol. 1 was even translated into seven languages including Dutch and Luxembourgish. “Farming in Australia“ , our most successful title to date, was released later the same year. The three-part DVD box set was produced completely independently and sponsorship-free, as always, and provides a comprehensive insight into Australian agriculture and the challenges they face down under. We took care of every single aspect of production ourselves, from researching, filming and editing to voice-over and product design. For 2015, we produced our first monthly calendar, which came with an accompanying DVD showcasing the subjects of each month in action. The calendar was sold throughout Europe. The acquisition of our first camera drones opened up a new chapter in our film production careers. Drone technology was improving at pace, enabling us to shoot from impressive angles with the second and third generations. From this point, our camera equipment also recorded onto memory cards. We were able to start using the new camera equipment during our first filming trip to France. Various media outlets reported on our work in 2014. They included Norddeutsche Rundfunk, das Bayrische Fernsehen, Sat.1‑Regional and Deutsche Welle. We’ve compiled a selection of TV clips, newspaper articles and radio recordings on our website. Jörn took on the agency side of the business and established agrimotion.com.
Travelling through France, Russia and Canada
The French agricultural industry is unbelievably diverse. It was clear from the outset that we would have to pay several visits to the country at different times of year to be able to showcase as many types of field work as possible. Our three-part box set „Farming in France“ was released in the autumn. In parallel, we set off on a trip to the east of Canada in the summer. We filmed in the Ontario and Quebec provinces during forage harvesting and got to know the Canadian agricultural industry once again from a completely different angle. In the summer, we also had the opportunity to visit the Rostselmash combine factory in southern Russia. We made a new monthly calendar for the following year entitled “Modern Tractors” and sold it in three languages. We filmed one of the first John Deere 9RX tracked tractors in Germany for our YouTube channel and released several short films, two of which – on the work of Osters & Voß Agricultural Contractors – were extremely successful. We also filmed Part 1 of our film series on Maaßen Civil Engineering, which has already been viewed 2.5 million times to date.
A new website and filming in Russia
Our „Farming in Russia“ film project gained momentum. In the summer, we filmed the grain harvest in southern Russia and, later in autumn, the sugar beet harvest in Voronezh Oblast, south of Moscow. We spent a lot of time rebuilding our website, www.landtechnikvideos.de, throughout the whole of 2016. Then in autumn, it was finally ready: as well as showcasing our farm machinery DVDs, our new website also now gives you plenty of insights into our work. Our media library, which contains freely accessible farm machinery photographs listed by category, now comprises over 18,000 images. The landtechnikvideos.de logo was given a refresh. Our new releases this year included our „Harvest Time in Canada“ DVDs, which took viewers on an agricultural tour of four Canadian provinces. This year, we also released a film entitled “Agricultural Contractors: 5 Countries, 5 Stories”, for which we filmed in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Denmark. Various media outlets reported on our work, including Bild.de, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and agrarheute.com. We gradually upgraded all our camera equipment to 4K resolution. Our Facebook page passed the 100,000 follower mark and we experimented with 360-degree videos on YouTube.
A lot of travelling in Russia and North and South America
We travelled to see the soya harvest in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. South America was a new continent for us in our filming history. Ten percent of the soybeans produced worldwide come from here. It was an exciting project, which wouldn’t have been half as successful if we hadn’t carried out such in-depth research beforehand. Just a few weeks later, we travelled to Argentina and had a local guide to show us around the country. We filmed the rice and maize harvests and visited some large cattle farms. For just a few weeks, our filming work in Siberia provided a stark contrast in our schedule. On our visit to the area between Novosibirsk and Barnaul in Russia, we filmed on hundred-hectare fields, visited the livestock sheds of the largest dairy farmers in the country and drove for miles and miles. We were often asked whether we would consider taking guests with us on our filming trips. This gave us the idea to offer Farming Adventure trips. In spring 2017, we travelled to Canada to begin preparations for our first farming trip to Canada. Just before we finished putting together our latest farm machinery DVD, „Russian Adventure“, we received permission to film in the Kirov tractor factory in Saint Petersburg after lengthy discussions. This is where the famous Kirovets tractors are produced. Along with this final chapter, our “Russian Adventure” three-part DVD box set was finally released – a film project that provided unique impressions of and insights into agricultural production in the world’s largest country. In September, our first Farming Adventure trip took place in Canada, with 15 participants. In November 2017, we presented our film work on our own stand at the Agritechnica farm machinery exhibition in Hanover for the first time. Fendt gave us an exclusive demonstration of the first 900 Vario MT tracked tractor for a test drive video on our YouTube channel.
Filming in Brazil and Chile, and the first farming trip to Russia
After a successful inaugural trip to Canada the previous year, we decided to add the option of an farming trip to Russia this year as well. The preparations took place in Siberia and the area around Saint Petersburg in spring 2018. We also needed to complete our “Farming in South America” film project. For this, we decided to focus on the agricultural industry in Chile as a contrast to Brazil and Argentina. Travelling alongside volcanoes and the Andes, we filmed on some of the most fertile soils in the world. It was yet another highlight of our filming trips to date. Sugar cane production at an advanced technical level only exists in a few countries worldwide, one of which is Brazil. After a lengthy research process, we were granted permission to visit a farm owned by the second-largest sugar cane producer in the world. While there, we filmed the most powerful harvesting equipment in existence at the time, and it became a focal point of the last chapter of our „Farming in South America“ farm machinery DVD. The new “Farming in South America” release outranked our Australian film project as our most elaborate film production to date. As ever, it was a completely independent production with no sponsorship involved. Various media outlets reported on our latest release, including the industry magazine Profi. This year, we also released a new episode of our successful documentary series on Reiff Agricultural Contractors in Luxembourg. Part 2 showcases the latest developments at the company. Our first Farming Adventure trip to Russia was also a complete success. Just a few days later, we accompanied another travel group to Canada. We showcased our Farming Adventure travel activities along with our farm machinery DVDs on a stand at EuroTier for the first time in 2018.
We launch our Instagram page and farmworld.tv is born
Landtechnikvideos.de got its own Instagram page. After just 4 months, we had built up a community of 20,000 followers. We keep our film fans up to date with regular posts and stories. After various long-distance trips, we focused on Germany, Austria and Switzerland for our „Agricultural Adventure“ production this year. An interesting film project that started early in the year with the winter service. We drove around 25,000 kilometres to get to all 75 filming locations – it was a mammoth project! In parallel to this, we were working on our new streaming service, farmworld.tv. We tested out the service initially in German. Our three-part “Agricultural Adventure” film was then finally released in the autumn as a farm machinery DVD box set and to stream in 4K on demand. This was a milestone for us in terms of future film productions. We continued to supply our YouTube community with new short films and test drive videos on the latest farm machinery. We gained visibility through two documentaries on farming in Russia, for which we visited the Russian agricultural company EkoNiva. Part 1 and Part 2 received over 3.5 million views. More Farming Adventure trips took place in 2019 in Russia and Canada. To end the year, we took part in the Agritechnica farm machinery exhibition. We had our own stand and had the opportunity to speak to lots of our film fans in person again.
Landtechnikvideos goes on demand in 4K!
The test phase of our German-language streaming service was successful, so development work began on a new international platform. A new logo was created for Farmworld.tv and was used from that point on for international communications surrounding our work. Our website and film service, which was translated into five languages, had been visited by film fans from over 20 different countries by the end of the year – a growing trend! Our next production, “Harvest Time in Germany”, was released on DVD and as a 4K on demand video at the same time. More filming took place at Reiff Agricultural Contractors in Luxembourg, this time with a focus on classic tractors. Our German YouTube channel hit the 200,000 subscriber mark 13 years after we uploaded our first video. Midway through the year, we created a standalone English-speaking channel on the platform.
Over 200,000 YouTube subscribers
In previous years, our film projects had all predominantly focused on modern farm machinery. This was to change this year. For our „Modern Classic Tractors XXL“ production, we focused solely on the most prominent tractors of the 80s and 90s. We showcased around 50 tractors from 20 different brands, including Fendt, John Deere, Deutz-Fahr, Mercedes-Benz, Schlüter, Massey Ferguson and Fiat, as well as many more ‘exotic’ species. For us, this film project was also like a journey back in time through our own history book. Our second new release this year is also all about older farm machinery. „J‑Reiff Fendt Classics Vol.1“ was filmed at Reiff Agricultural Contractors in Luxembourg. Over the past few years, senior partner Josy Reiff has assembled the world’s most comprehensive collection of Fendt tractors. Vol. 1 covers the construction period from 1928 to 1958. Both films are out on farm machinery DVDs and in 4K on demand. More and more people are enjoying our YouTube videos: in 2021 alone, we recorded 14 million views on our channel, with an overall watch time of 1.1 million hours! Our visibility was enhanced by an exclusive video on the NEXAT wide-span carrier vehicle that we filmed in Ukraine. We also created a French-speaking channel this year to run alongside our German and English-speaking channels.
Travelling throughout Scandinavia
Our „Farming in Scandinavia“ film project closed yet another gap in our documentary coverage of Europe’s agricultural industry. Tackling all four countries at once – Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway – it was an ambitious undertaking, and took a great deal of research. In the end, we managed to travel all the key farming regions over several visits, showcasing the agricultural and mechanical highlights along the way. We have now filmed in 25 different countries on 5 continents! This year, we also released a new instalment of our J‑Reiff Fendt Classics video series. „Vol. 2“ focuses on the Fendt tractor construction period of 1959 to 1969. Meanwhile, our German-speaking YouTube channel reached 85 million video views and 250,000 subscribers, while the English-speaking channel hit the 15,000 subscriber mark.
Our last agricultural continent: Africa
In February, after extensive and challenging research, we travel to South Africa for the first time, meaning we have now shot on six of the world’s seven continents. Production started with the maize harvest and a visit to large cattle farmers east of Johannesburg. The trip then took us crisscrossing the country to Cape Town. More visits will have to follow to complete the documentary “Harvest Time in South Africa”.
We were really excited for the live launch of our new website www.landtechnikvideos.de. With the help of an agency, we built up the site in large parts in five languages, integrating the classic webshop as well as the streaming offer. Farmworld.tv has now been used by film fans from more than 30 countries and makes all our agricultural documentaries back to 2012 available. The new media library with around 20,000 photos provides a free insight into the picture archive from 20 years of landtechnikvideos.de
News from us
Aktuell filmen wir auf der Südhalbkugel in Südafrika. Es ist nur der erste von vermutlich drei notwendigen Terminen vor Ort. Bei diesem Besuch beschäftigen wir uns mit der ganzen Vielfalt der dortigen Agrarproduktion. Auch Sonderkulturen wie Erdnüsse und Zuckerrohr stehen auf unserem Themenplan.10. February 2023
In der Dezemberausgabe 2022 erwähnt top agrar als führendes Magazin rund um die Agrarwirtschaft, unseren neuen Zweiteiler „Landwirtschaft in Skandinavien“. Für dieses Projekt haben wir mehrfach in Dänemark, Schweden, Finnland und Norwegen gedreht. Der Film ist neben der DVD-Version auch als 4K-Videostream erschienen.15. December 2022