New cultivator disc and small seeds kits from Väderstad
Väderstad has launched a new small seeds kit for its Tempo high speed precision drill, to include crops such as oilseed rape and sugar beet.
The small seeds kit will be available for all new Tempo drills from the four-row Tempo R 4 up to the 18-row Tempo R 18, and it can be retrofitted to existing drills. Planting a small seeded crop at shallow depth requires the planter to be very gentle to the seed.
The main components of the small seeds kit include suspended stop wheels and the ability to adjust the angle of the closing wheels. pressure on the stop wheel can be altered, to optimise seed-to-soil contact when the seed leaves the seed tube.
The angle of the closing wheels can also be adjusted with a lever on each row unit, to ensure the seed trench closes properly when drilling at a shallow depth.
The Tempo small seeds kit will be in production from February 2018. Väderstad has also recently launched the CrossCutter Disc to improve mixing of trash and soil at shallow depths of 2-3cm on stubbles, cover crops and on ploughed land, achievable at speeds of up to 20kph but with a low horsepower requirement. CrossCutter Disc is fitted to the Väderstad Carrier, and has a working width of 3m to 12.25m.
The new disc has a diameter of 450mm and is produced in high-quality V-55 Swedish steel. Each disc is individually mounted to a rubber suspended disc arm for enhanced ground contouring across the full working width of the machine.
Being a shallow disc cultivator, the CrossCutter Disc is ideal for incorporating cover crops while minimising the risk of problems in the following crop. It has also shown great results on cereal stubbles, where its intense shallow cultivation helps tackle grassweeds, such as blackgrass. On ploughed land, CrossCutter Disc is able to create a seedbed.
The new CrossCutter Disc will be available for Väderstad Carrier 300-400, Carrier 420820 and Carrier 925-1225, from December 2017.
Vaderstad’s CrossCutter Disc producing a stale seedbed after oilseed rape harvesting, to get leftover volunteer seeds to germinate and grow. Left, for effective closing of the seed trench at shallow planting depth, closing wheels on the Vaderstad Tempo small seeds kit can be adjusted.