Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family.

Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last week.

The colour is not the only thing that has changed.

The company has recently been renamed Vaderstad Industries, says Vaderstad Group chairman Crister Stark, in the video below.

Speaking of speed…

Vaderstad claimed a world record this spring, with a 16-row 30″ Tempo planter in Hungary planting 502 hectares (around 1240 acres) within 24 hours at a speed of 20-22 km/h.

Researchers from Godollo University sampled 6808 plants in the record-setting fields and found only 24 doubles and 16 skips, according to Vaderstad.

“The brand name is Vaderstad and the machine name is Seed Hawk,” he explains.

As of early May, Vaderstad has also appointed Birgitta Ewerlof to lead Seed Hawk operations, notes Stark. She has recently moved from Sweden to Whitewood, Sask.

As for the future of Vaderstad in North America, Stark says they see opportunity to expand planter sales and build on Seed Hawk’s expertise in carts, frames and openers. Until now, Vaderstad’s planting focus has been on quality and speed, not necessarily size (see sidebar for more on speed).

“Now we’re coming into bigger planters, and I think we’ll see a very good development in North America,” says Stark.

Vaderstad chair Crister Stark spoke with RealAg’s Kelvin Heppner at the Farm Progress Show in Regina last week about the changes to Seed Hawk and the future of seeding technology in North America:

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