SWEDISH cultivation and seeding specialist, Väderstad, has won a prestigious Agritechnica Innovation Award silver medal for a new hydraulically-adjustable row spacing system found on its Tempo high speed planter.
CLAAS Harvest Centre Product Manager – Väderstad, Murray Tuck, says the aptly-named WideLining system automatically adjusts the row spacing to create two 1050 mm wide tracks.
“Instead of shutting off row units to prepare tramlines to allow wide-tyred implements to pass through standing crops later in the season, the WideLining system changes the row spacing instead,” he says. “The spacing between the four row units next to the tramlines automatically decreases from 750 mm to 600 mm, which has no impact on yield potential.”
Murray says the technology is an ideal complement to Tempo, which is acclaimed as the world’s fastest precision planter.
The WideLining system will make its debut at the Agritechnica agricultural tradeshow being held in Hannover, Germany, in early November.
The Agritechnica Innovation Award is judged by a panel of independent panel of agricultural scientists, researchers, consultants and primary producers appointed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society).
Väderstad manufactures an integrated range of high performance cultivators, drills and planers, including the well-known Seed Hawk, Tempo and TopDown series.
Located in Väderstad, Sweden, the family-owned company has an annual sales turnover of more than €300 million and operates in more than 40 countries throughout the world.