Väderstad rolls out 24-row small seed, high-speed planter

With growing interest in using planter technology to improve seed placement in canola, Väderstad has introduced a new 24-row high-speed planter designed specifically for small-seed crops.

The Tempo L 24 made its debut at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina, Saskatchewan, last week.

“This is the first time we’ve had 24 row units on this style of planter. So this is a larger-scale planter that is targeted at small seeds, so your canola seed and sugar beets,” explains Kyle Herperger, product specialist with Väderstad, in the video below.

“We’ve designed a delivery system that is specifically targeting small seeds, as small seeds are more challenging to accurately meter and are traditionally sown at a shallower depth, so there have been some changes to accommodate smaller seeds,” he says.

Those small seed accommodations include changes to the inside of the metre housing, stop wheel design, and closing wheel design, explains Herperger.

Available with 17.7- to 20-inch (450 to 508 mm) row spacing, the planter is designed for precise seed placement at high speeds.

“We’ve found a lot of success in the seven to eight miles per hour range. We’ve gone as high as 10 miles per hour if the field conditions permit and had tremendous success with maintaining precision,” he says, noting they planted around 1,000 acres of canola with the small-seed setup this spring.

Väderstad says the Tempo L 24 will go into production in November 2018.

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Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin

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