The Väderstad Proceed V, winner of the 2022 and 2023 international Farm Machine award, will be available for order from late 2024 with production starting at the beginning of 2025.
Proceed represents a new category of seeding machines, where one single machine can increase the yield potential in a full variety of crops, including wheat, barley, oilseed rape, sugar beet, peas, maize, and sunflower.
Millimetre precision planting
Capable of placing the smallest of seed at the perfect depth with millimetre precision, field trials have shown Proceed can cut the wheat seed rate by half while keeping the same yield compared to other modern seed drills in the market. More importantly, the trials have shown that Proceed plants come up stronger, due to less competition with other plants and more exposure to both sun and moisture, and even in all growth stages of the crop year.
Trials of winter wheat at a seed rate of 150 seeds/m2 show an increase of 102% in plant biomass, 72% in root biomass, and 62% more shoots per plant compared to other seed drills.
Proceed is a technological leap forward
“Proceed is one of those technological leaps that doesn’t happen often in the farm machinery industry, but when it does it changes things,” says Mattias Hovnert, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Väderstad.
The heart of Proceed is its high-precision row units. Prior to seed placement, individual pre-consolidation wheels consolidate the field to ensure conditions are the same for each seed. The pre-consolidation wheels are individually mounted and use hydraulic downforce to ensure high performance.
When seeds reach the row units from the central hopper, an adapted version of the world leading Väderstad PowerShoot system takes full control, delivering each seed all the way down to the soil. When it leaves the short seed tube, the seed is received by a stop wheel, which ensures optimal seed-to-soil contact at the selected depth over the entire working width.
Extensive field-testing part of the development journey
After a period of testing and refinement Väderstad’s new product innovation is now ready to hit the market.
Väderstad’s engineers and testing department carried out extensive field tests to learn how farmers can get the most out of Proceed since it was first shown in 2021. Together with customers, Proceed has been thoroughly tested in countries all over Europe, and the concept has continuously been updated as Väderstad received new data.
Award winning innovation
Since the first public showing in 2021, Proceed has been awarded for its innovation all over Europe. In both 2022 and 2023 it won the international Farm Machine award, previously known as ‘Machine of the year’. It has also been awarded at SIMA in France, LAMMA in the UK, AGROmashEXPO in Hungary and at the Agrosalon 2022 in Slovakia.