Tempo gains ground in South Africa

Väderstad’s Tempo precision seed drill was launched in South Africa in 2012 and now the results are emerging.
From October 2013 to January 2014, Väderstad and the import company Vitamech held demonstrations of Tempo, mainly in Free State province in central South Africa. The main crops drilled were maize and sugar snap peas and drilling both on stubble and on cultivated soil was demonstrated. Harvesting of maize and sugar snap peas is scheduled to occur in May-June.

Richard Waha is manager of the African market for Väderstad:
“The Väderstad presence in South Africa began back in 2010 and two years ago the Väderstad Tempo precision seed drill was launched. It is the perfect seed drill for South Africa, which has over 4.5 million hectares of maize and 1 million hectares of row crops. The opportunities for Väderstad machines are good in South Africa and the ambition is to become a complete supplier of soil tillage machinery and seed drills. In order to achieve this ambition, Väderstad recently entered into a partnership with the import company Vitamech.”

Vitamech is the Väderstad importer in South Africa and has its head office in Cape Town. Machines are sold via around 30 independent dealerships throughout the country. 

“We have received positive feedback from a number of farmers at our machine demonstration events. Many are impressed by Tempo’s precision at high speed, whether in direct drilling or in a conventionally prepared seedbed” said Richard Waha.

Tempo demo in South Africa
Scene from a Tempo demonstration in Free State province, central South Africa

Metering can be shut off row-by-row

Electronic metering of seed, fertiliser and pesticides can be shut off row-by-row, which is useful in avoiding overlaps on headlands. Metering can be calibrated based on seed type.

“The Tempo drill can be controlled from the cab with iPad or ISOBUS. The driver can also access information on skips, doubles, precision, row spacing and seeds per hectare.” 

Tempo demo in South Africa
This sunflower crop in Free State province, South Africa, was drilled with Tempo F in December 2013. The sunflowers will probably be ready for harvest in June 2014

Tempo demo in South Africa
This sugar snap crop in Free State province, South Africa, was drilled with Tempo F in December 2013 and is expected to be ready for harvest in May 2014