Dewulf Miedema Structural MS 4000 potato planter: Spuds in at 11km/hr

Belt-fed planters are popular in the Benelux countries, and there are a number of units now appearing on UK farms. Half of the potato planters out of the Miedema stable, which is part of Dewulf, are belt-fed machines. We tested the latest generation MS 4000 in the sandy soils of eastern Germany

by topliner

29 Jul 2020

Offering more flexibility for planting different sizes of tubers, belt-fed planter models have a number of advantages over the more familiar cup-fed machines and could be the better choice for growers wanting a defined number of plants per hectare. Another plus is the higher forward speed, which, in turn, means more output. Indeed, Dewulf has no issue with romping along at 11km/hr travel, which, in combination with the 4.5t hopper, suggests an output gain of about 30%. But there are some points to ponder, such as the more complex metering system and a higher machine price. Niagri says it has a number of the Structural machines now working in England, including a couple of units with a cultivator and a swanneck drawbar.