Interview with Forigo, a “Made in Italy” company

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Gianluca Grossi, Forigo’s Export Sales Manager

Forigo Roter Italia is one of the four agromechanical partners of Dlg Italia’s Head Crop Special “Italians take the field” at the first edition of Hortitechnica inside Intervitis Interfructa at the trade fair in Stuttgart from November 27th to 30th. Roter Italia began in 1972 when the Forigo brothers produced the first rotary harrow in a small plant in Salizzole which was subsequently moved to a much larger factory in Ostiglia which continues to be the current headquarters.

Roter Italia comes from the term rotary harrow: Roter for the rotation of the shredding tools of the soil. All of Roter Italia’s production is labeled and distributed with the brand name Forigo and is divided into two lines of products for the cultivation of soil. Their historical product line includes rotary harrows, mechanical hoes, cutters and mulchers. Their specialized line is geared towards the crop sector, gardening and special cultivation.

Today, in addition to being a young and dynamic company, Forigo also heads two other companies, Silca and Mixeat. Silca is specialized in the production of foil, while Mixeat is a historical company specialized in the production of mixer feeder wagons, compost and industry.

Which processes and machines will you present at the Special at Hortitechnica?

“Due to time and space, we will only be able to present 10% of our machinery range.

For this first edition, we decided to start with three classic and fundamental technologies for the tillage of the soil. Two of these machines are for the creation of beds (G35 Stone Burier/D35 Bed Former) and one is for the leveling and draining of soil (F132 Power Harrow).

Starting with the G35-150 Stone Burier, the working width is around 150 centimeters and the working depth is up to 25 centimeters while the power of the tractor reaches 100 Hp. The machine is equipped with front discs for the cleaning of the tractor’s tracks, an ad hoc rotor with a hoe in an opposite rotation to the movement of the machine, a rake system for the selection and division on the soil, a leveling blade with an adjustable height to assure an equal disposition of the selected soil and a couple of posterior wheels and rollers for the regulation of the working depth and the finishing of the surfaces.

The D35-150 Bed Former has a working width of 150 centimeters, a depth up to 30 centimeters and a power up to 100 Hp. The machine is equipped with a front and rear power take-off shaft to be front-mounted or to be combined with seeders, fertilization or irrigation equipment, etc., front discs for the cleaning of the tractor’s tracks and a front rotor with an attachment of special hoes in order to work the soil in depth.

Finally, we are presenting the F132-300 Power Harrow, which has a working width of 300 centimeters, 32 centimeters of working depth and a power that reaches 170-180 Hp. It is equipped with oscillating lift arm attachments, standard rear power take-off, bi-directional ‘Zeus’ System teeth, roller adjustment with lateral zones that allow downward mobility and a leveling blade with a crank and anti-stress system and adjustable and mobile steel guards. The assembly of the integrated sower is also very easy due to the compact three-point linkage system.”

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F132-300 Power Harrow

Why are you presenting these specific machines? Why are they interesting for farmers and what is new compared to previous systems?

“The benefits linked to the use of the G35-150 Stone Burier are the excellent clodding of the soil in very hard and clay soils, the maintenance and conservation of the structure of the soil and also the ability to avoid deep soil compaction.

It is also able to be used for primary tilling as well as building various types of beds for special crops in addition to the tilling of wet soils due to its new vibrating rake with independent springs.

Instead, the D35-150 Bed Former has two counter rotating rotors that guarantee an in-depth and efficient  tillage as well as the creation of excellent conditions for sowing and transplanting. The machine performs well on soil with a high level of moisture and is recommended for light soils. It is also ideal for the cultivation of tubers and crops with deep roots and has a tool holder and various accessories for multiple bed creation, fertilization, irrigation, plastic film coating and chemical fumigation.

The F132-300 Power Harrow is able to break up large clumps and evenly mix the tilled soil. It levels the land, facilitating its drainage and aeration. This machine also avoids deep soil compaction and can be used to create crop beds using specific rollers and tailored bed formers. It can also be equipped with a tool holder, automatic movement and adjustment of the rollers, fertilizer spreader, irrigation hoses, plastic film laying equipment and greenhouse protection.”

F132-300 Po

Why are you participating in Hortitechnica and what are your expectations regarding this first edition?

Dlg Italia presented us with a challenge and investment that goes along with our line of thinking and working in the agricultural-horticultural sector. In one word: tangibility. Field tests are the best way to experiment and show new machinery and their new technologies, which have been designed and tested to exist in the field for the longest and best way possible.

It’s even better if these technologies are inserted into a production chain that demonstrates the various phases of the horticultural work cycle (from the tillage of the land to the harvest). We have strongly advocated for this concept for years, and this is what pushed us to be among the founders of the biannual and now historic event “Orticoltura in campo” in Guidizzolo (Mantova). We believe that these activities can change a traditional trade fair into a very captivating and important event for specialized professionals in this sector. In other words, an event not to be missed.”

At Hortitechnica, what is the reason for your participation/partnership in the Head Crop Special organized by Dlg Italia and what are your expectations?

“In many years of experience in an important, developed market like Germany (and more general in German speaking areas), we have noticed a widespread lack of technical information and knowledge specific to the preparation of the land and the sowing/transplant beds for the horticultural sector.

A correct and adequate tillage of the soil is necessary for the increased productive performance and quality standards. We are focusing our efforts towards this through the construction of more flexible and efficient technical solutions. Technical training and demonstration in the field are our main goals that Dlg Italia knew how to interpret and package in this new exhibition in the field. We expect to meet different specialized professionals from the horticultural sector (cooperatives and produce producers) coming from all over Germany, not only the Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria regions. We are also hoping that this becomes a landmark event and a point of technological attraction for the horticultural sector in Germany and also for the various neighboring countries looking for technical growth and know-how, high productive standards, and environmental sustainability (to name a few: France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, etc.).”

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