New cul­ti­va­tor disc and small seeds kits from Väder­stad

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT - Ja­son Webb

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.

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