Case IH and Väderstad have broken the world record for the most maize planted in 24 hours. Using a Magnum CVX tractor, with a 16-row Väderstad Tempo L planter, the team were able to cover 502.05ha, beating the previous record by over 54ha.
Working in two fields on a farm in western Hungary, the combination of the two company’s technologies was used to apply not just seed, but also fertiliser and insecticide.
Planting at 30in (76.2cm) row spacings, the combination covered 12.19m in each run, with Case IH AccuGuide auto-steering used to deliver straight and accurate passes at working speeds up to 24km/h, and 2.0cm pass-to-pass accuracy provided by the RTK+ correction signal network.
The ISObus task controller in the Case IH AFS Pro 700 terminal enabled individual management of each of the 16 row units on the planter, to ensure precise switch-on/off at the headland.
The choice of tractor, with its continuously variable transmission, was chosen for its fuel efficiency and ease of use. The 221 l/minute of oil flow available also provided the necessary hydraulic flow to the planter’s fans.
“While this was a record attempt, it was done to exact agronomic guidelines, ensuring that the maize was planted with the same care and attention to detail in terms of seed spacing and depth that any farmer would use. The quality of work during the record event was monitored by staff from Gödöll? University,” said Case spokesperson.
April 28, 2017