Having got throught the ravages of PSA, kiwifruit production has bounced back delivering record harvests and record prices for orchards.
The new unit includes the innovative E-Control control system, including ISOBUS Task Control, updated hydraulics, SeedEye blockage monitoring and increased general access.
“The Spirit family is known to provide impressive precision at high working speeds on the field,” says Björn Jeansson, Väderstad’s commercial product manager for seed drills. “The new update of Spirit 400C/S makes it benefit from key features from the larger models in the Spirit range.”
Benefitting from a raft of features taken from larger models in the range, the Spirit 400C/S is equipped with a high-capacity hopper with an integrated fan, two access platforms and an open machine design to provide better access to all components throughout the machine. An updated hydraulic system is delivered with active seed coulter pressure, which is adjustable following harrow pressure and automatic headland sequence control.
In the paddock, the driver has full control over the seeding operation via the iPad-based, Väderstad E-Control system.
SeedEye blockage monitoring allows seed and fertiliser output to be visualised in real time. This means, if any deviations should occur, the system gives an immediate warning so that any impact on the drilling can be quickly resolved.
The new Spirit 400C/S is available as the seed-only, Spirit 400S, as well as seed and fertiliser versions called Spirit 400C FIX and Spirit 400C InLine.
The FIX version places the fertiliser in 5cm wide strips at 125mm row spacing, in front of every seed row. The Spirit 400C InLine version is designed to apply a low-rate starter fertiliser, via a separate outlet, together with the seeds in the seed coulter.
Väderstad has introduced the new 80/120mm point, which at a working depth of 10-15cm, combines the advantages from the 80mm and 120mm points into one assembly.
Built using high-quality Swedish steel, the point is said to deliver agressive cultivation, combined with a very intensive mixing. Having a narrower bottom section, the 80/120 point has the benefit of great soil penetration ability combined with an impressive straw incorporation, says Magnus Samuelsson, concept developer at Väderstad.
The 80/120mm point can be fitted to the Cultus, Opus and TopDown tine cultivators.