More precision for Vaderstad Tempo planters

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Vaderstad is bringing enhanced precision capabilities to its line of Tempo planters and also adding a new model, which is now for sale in Canada.

New to the line is the Tempo K, a 24-row planter with low-compaction tracks and 30-inch row spacing. It features a 150-bushel  central fill system and optional 1,500-gallon liquid carrying capacity. Designed for conditions faced by many Canadian farmers, the Tempo K is manufactured at Väderstad’s Wahpeton, North Dakota, facility.

Optional precision features will also be made available for select models, including the Tempo K 24, Tempo F 6-8, Tempo L 8-32, and Tempo V 6-12. These include automatic seed singulation, which ensures precise singulation in the seed meter without the need for manual setting. Sensors in each row unit continuously monitor and automatically adjust the planter for the optimum setting. This feature is especially advantageous for farmers who regularly switch crops, the company notes.

Growers can also look for active hydraulic row unit downforce to ensure exact planting depth. This system will add or release row unit pressure to the ground depending on soil conditions. For example, down pressure may be increased in harder soils and decreased in lighter soils. Active hydraulic downforce can be added for the full machine width or for the individual row units.

A third option includes a new curve compensation feature that ensures consistent metering output across the entire planter width when turning. Gyro sensors are used to identify when the planter turns, and the metering output of each row is automatically adjusted accordingly with the outer row units planting at a faster rate than the inside units.

“Väderstad is proud of its reputation for precision at high speeds, and our latest updates bring our capabilities to a new level,” says Oskar Karlsson, the company’s director of planter product management. “Whether planting corn, soybeans, canola, or practically any other crop, the Tempo can help provide exact emergence, even at speeds of 13 to 19 kilometres per hour,” he adds.

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