After testing the Väderstad Tempo during spring season 2011, the Radák family from Hungary decided to order the first available Väderstad precision planter. Even though their former planter was only one year old they decided to buy the Tempo. A more challenging climate in combination with increasing costs for inputs such as seed and fertilizer were strong drivers to choose a more accurate planter.
"We heard about the Väderstads planter project and we felt very lucky when we were invited to do field trials on our farm", says József Radák.
József Radák and his daughter Renata manage a 270 hectares large farm. The first Väderstad machine, a Rollex 620, came along in year 2007. The roller made a lasting impression and quickly a Rapid 300S, a Carrier 650, a NZ Aggressive 600 and a TopDown 400 were added to the modern machine park.
"The reason for buying Väderstad equipment is simple. We like to save time and money and at the same time protect the soil fertility and structure", says József Radák.
Maize is one of the most important crops where timing and precision are of the highest importance. These are also the reasons why the family decided to buy the Väderstad Tempo.
Testing the Tempo
The year 2010 proved to be a year of extremes in Hungary with three times as much rain compared to an average year. This naturally led to postponing the tillage until spring 2011.
In March, 300 kilos of fertilizer per hectare was applied, which was incorporated with the Väderstad Topdown followed by a pass with the Carrier. In mid-April Tempo planted 170 hectares of maize in the area of Somogyjád in southern Hungary. When planting, 120 kilos of fertilizer and 14 kilos per hectare of Force were applied.
"When we examined the emergence the "usual Väderstad standard" could be witnessed. With this I mean; the exact distance between the seeds and even depth placement, although we planted at a high speed, says József Radák.
Tempo in action in southern Hungary
The harvest yielded 8 percent higher
Tempo generated an average yield of 6.6 ton per hectare, eight percent higher than a neighbouring farmer and this with less than 300 mm rain until harvest.
Tempo's stable depth control and the outstanding seeding precision generated an additional 88.5 euro per hectare income, which adds up to 15 000 euro in total for the 170 hectares.
Close cooperation with farmers
Tibor Kalmar, MD för Väderstad Hungary, points out the importance of the close cooperation with farmers in Hungary.
"By testing new machines at selected farms all their experience and opinions are taken into our product development. Naturally this leads to better products. We are grateful for this key contribution to our development", says Tibor Kalmar.