Väderstad has announced the launch of three new systems, showcased for the first time at Agritechnica.
Maximising yield potential
The innovative Tempo WideLining system promises to maximise yield potential. It is the world’s first tramlining system which enables farmers to spread liquid manure in a standing silage maize crop, without compromising yield potential.
Instead of shutting off row units to create tramlines, WideLining automatically changes the planter row spacing hydraulically to create two 1,050mm tyre tracks, thereby ensuring all row units plant at full capacity. The row spacing between the tyre tracks will go from 750–600mm.
WideLining is fully automatic and integrated in the iPad-based control system, Väderstad E-Control. When the function is activated, the machine will calculate the field and automatically adjust the row units to create tramlines based on the working width of the liquid manure spreader.
How WideLining works in practice, for example, is establishing silage maize with an 8-row planter and using a liquid manure spreader with 18m working width, the drill should plant 8.3 per cent more seeds in the field compared to alternative technology available on the market.
The technology will be available on Tempo V 6-12 from the second half of 2020.
A performance standard
The company is also launching the NZ Extreme 1250-1425 heavy duty tine harrow. The 12.50-14.25m machine sets a new standard for field performance when it comes to seedbed preparation, says the manufacturer. The NZ Extreme’s innovative high-quality design brings capacity and agronomic benefits.
Design focus has been largely on the tines of the new heavy-duty harrow. An intense vibrating tine action combined with extreme stiffness and durability is capable of crushing clods, while maintaining an exact depth and completely level field.
To ensure precise field contour following and to be able to adapt to the field surface and maintain depth, the NZ Extreme is built from a five section frame. This is enhanced by an innovative weight transfer, ingenious wheel setup and heavy machine design.
A limited number of NZ Extreme machines will be available in selected markets in 2020, with production starting in 2021.
Central-fill Tempo drill
A new central-fill function is an option for the high speed Tempo L planter to increase capacity of this world-record holding drill. It will be on show for the first time at Agritechnica 2019, with 12–24 row unit versions (Tempo L 12, Tempo L 16, Tempo L 18 and Tempo L 24) available on the market in early 2021.
Central filling means that instead of loading seed into each of the row units, the operator will only have to fill one large central 3,000-litre seed hopper. The Tempo L drill will then take care of seed distribution to each row unit.
The central-fill feature works as a pressurised system, constantly feeding the seed meters, at which point the patented PowerShoot technology ensures excellent establishment, the company says.