The Fenix III Seed Meter: Tested and Proven

  • PHASE 1
    SWEDEN IN-LAB
  • PHASE 2
    GROWER IN-FIELD
  • PHASE 3
    CANADA IN-LAB

PHASE 1 TESTING

Väderstad research and development labs are home to farming’s most advanced metering technology. In our state-of-the-art Swedish facility, seasoned engineering staff exposed the Fenix III Meter to conditions intended to replicate real life extremes.

Their job was to prove that the Fenix III Meter will deliver exceptionally precise seeding, reliable performance and easy maintenance, year after year. This is what they found.

TESTED. PROVEN.

Our engineers brought decades of metering knowledge to test a variety of inputs – including products that often cause problems.

35
PRODUCTS
400
HOURS
5,266
ACRES

VIBRATION & STRENGTH

PURPOSE

To ensure the meter housing — including the new 40 watt motor unit and fittings — will handle real life shock and vibration from field work and transport.

PROCESS

  1. Shock and vibrations from typical transport and in-field work were recorded using accelerometers.
  2. The recorded data was used as input in a hydraulic test rig. Shock and vibration spectrum was applied continuously for 12 hours.
  3. The unit was inspected for damage.

RESULTS

No weak points in the motor housing.

vibrationtest
12
HOURS
EXTREME
CONDITIONS

COMPARE OFFSET ROLLERS TO NON-OFFSET ROLLERS

PURPOSE

To demonstrate that Fenix III offset rollers eliminate pulsing of products through the meters, preventing jamming and ensuring even seeding rates.

PROCESS

Compared the metering of an NPK fertilizer blend through offset rollers vs. non-offset rollers.

RESULTS

Flow of product is consistent (no pulsing) in the offset roller design used in Fenix III Meters.

PRINCIPAL DIFFERENCE IN PRODUCT FLOW

OFFSET ROLLER

NON-OFFSET ROLLER

HEAR THE DIFFERENCE

OFFSET ROLLER
NON-OFFSET ROLLER

HOUSING WEAR TEST

PURPOSE

To verify wear resistance of Fenix III meter housing, roller and motor unit.

PROCESS

To simulate real life use in a test situation, fertilizer was continually circulated. As the fertilizer wore down, it was replaced.

RESULTS

No wear on housing, roller or motor unit, even with abrasive fertilizer.

RATE VALIDATION

PURPOSE

To show that the Fenix III can consistently handle a variety of products, including problematic seeds and abrasive fertilizers.

PROCESS

Tested a range of products at different rates and speeds.

  • Crops tested to date are corn, canola, soybeans, wheat, rye, barley, oats, chickpeas, peas, fava beans
  • Fertilizers tested to date are phosphate (banded and seed placed), S, S15, PK blend, NS, NPK, NPKS, urea, ESN, MESZ

RESULTS

Consistent flow and precise metering of a wide range of products, including problematic seeds and abrasive fertilizers.

WHEAT AT 6 AND 12 RPM
FAVA BEANS AT 6, 12 AND 60 RPM
FERTILIZER AT 6, 12 AND 60 RPM
SEED ROLLER DISPLACEMENT SEED RATE MINIMUM SEED RATE MAXIMUM
(CC) AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac
AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac
CANOLA LOW (18) 1 8
CORN MEDIUM (120) 5 49
SOYBEANS HIGH (400) 23 252
OATS HIGH (400) 19 201
RYE HIGH (400) 24 246
BARLEY HIGH (400) 23 237
WHEAT HIGH (400) 25 266
CHICKPEAS ULTRA (500) 28 273
PEAS ULTRA (500) 23 241
FAVA BEANS ULTRA (500) 26 230

SEED: CANOLA

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

LOW (18)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

1

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

8

SEED: CORN

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

MEDIUM (120)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

5

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

49

SEED: SOYBEANS

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

23

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

252

SEED: OATS

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

19

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

201

SEED: RYE

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

24

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

246

SEED: BARLEY

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

23

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

237

SEED: WHEAT

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

25

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

266

SEED: CHICKPEAS

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

28

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

273

SEED: PEAS

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

23

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

241

SEED: FAVA BEANS

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

26

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

230
FERTILIZER ROLLER DISPLACEMENT SEED RATE MINIMUM SEED RATE MAXIMUM
(CC) AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac
AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac
PHOSPHATE - SEED PLACED MEDIUM (120) 9 90
PHOSPHATE - BAND HIGH (400) 30 294
ELEMENTAL SULFUR MEDIUM (120) 10 97
S15 (13-33-0-13) HIGH (400) 30 289
BLEND FERT (PK AT 4:1) ULTRA (500) 40 356
ESN ULTRA (500) 40 356
UREA ULTRA (500) 30 292
BLEND FERT (NS AT 5:1) ULTRA (500) 40 356
BLEND FERT (NPK AT 8:3:1) ULTRA (500) 40 356
BLEND FERT (NPKS at 5:3:1:1) ULTRA (500) 40 356
MESZ MEDIUM (120) 10 107

FERTILIZER: PHOSPHATE - SEED PLACED

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

MEDIUM (120)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

9

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

90

FERTILIZER: PHOSPHATE - BAND

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

30

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

294

FERTILIZER: ELEMENTAL SULFUR

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

MEDIUM (120)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

10

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

97

FERTILIZER: S15 (13-33-0-13)

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

HIGH (400)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

30

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

289

FERTILIZER: BLEND FERT (PK AT 4:1)

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

40

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

356

FERTILIZER: ESN

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

40

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

356

FERTILIZER: UREA

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

30

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

292

FERTILIZER: BLEND FERT (NS AT 5:1)

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

40

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

356

FERTILIZER: BLEND FERT (NPK AT 8:3:1)

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

40

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

356

FERTILIZER: BLEND FERT (NPKS at 5:3:1:1)

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

ULTRA (500)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

40

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

356

FERTILIZER: MESZ

ROLLER DISPLACEMENT

(CC)

MEDIUM (120)

SEED RATE MINIMUM

AT SPEED 4 MPH
lbs./ac

10

SEED RATE MAXIMUM

AT SPEED 5 MPH
lbs./ac

107

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