Väderstad’s TopDown high intensity, multipurpose cultivator is not a new product for Canadian farmers, but the versatile tillage implement will get updates for the 2024 season, including a new design and the introduction of prescription tillage.
In this report from Agritechnica 23 in Hanover, Germany, Väderstad’s Western Canada sales director Philip Korczak shares how introduction of an iPad-based control system, Väderstad E-Control, opens the possibility to apply prescription map tillage using ISOBUS technology.
With the iPad, the operator will be able to gain full control of the machine directly from the tractor cab. With a touch of a button, the driver can set the individual working depth or intensity of the discs, shanks, levellers, or packer on the go. To assist the field work, four pre-set buttons can be used to store different machine configurations.
Korczak says the next step after variable rate application of seed and fertilizer is to apply the same thinking to tillage. Here, savings can be unlocked by doing as much tillage as necessary or as little as possible. Other benefits include diesel savings, improved soil health, increased working speed and reduced wear.
Korczak says Väderstad has been running demonstrations with the machines in southern Alberta and growers can expect to see new editions of the TopDown in Western Canada in spring 2024. (See the video below.)
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