February 2013

A Show of Strength at SIMA

New DTX Auto-Reset

Great Plains will be putting on a show of strength at this year's SIMA event being held in Paris between 24th and 28th February. A large, new-look Stand will provide the perfect showcase for exhibiting a wide range of products spanning the extensive Great Plains tillage, seeding and planting equipment portfolio.

Simba Kit Going Green in UK

With effect from June 1st 2013, machines produced at Great Plains' Sleaford factory will no longer be painted in Simba gold but will instead all be finished in the green livery of parent company, Great Plains Mfg Inc. Machines produced at Sleaford for export have been supplied in green since Agritechnica in November 2011. From June this year, the changeover to green will extend to the UK market, ensuring worldwide consistency in product branding.

Danielle Keeps Moving

Danielle Keeps Moving

Danielle Pole spends her working life getting Great Plains machinery moving (to  export markets), and will spend much of the rest of her life in 2013 moving in aid of a range of charities.

She raised over £1,400 during 2012 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Walk the Walk and Cancer Research UK and has already completed the first event of a crowded programme for 2013.

During the year she plans to complete 13 events – either long-distance runs or walks – in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and Macmillan Cancer Support.

New Style Stand a Hit

Great Plains' new style stand drew the crowds

Great Plains new style showstand, which mixed technical exhibits highlighting the company’s research work with machines, proved a hit with stand visitors at LAMMA and attracted a significant new audience, reports UK Sales Director David Holmes:

“The technical displays concentrated on two of the hottest topics of the moment among arable farmers – those of reliable, low-cost oilseed rape establishment and soil restructuring”.

The machines also made their mark – with many stand visitors complementing how smart the new green livery and new logos looked:

Positive Mood at Harrogate

DTX with Auto-Reset

Farmers visiting Ripon Farm Services spring show at Great Yorkshire Showground were in confident mood, reports the company’s Steve Platts, and the fact that the event was held in sunshine and under blue skies helped:

“The show normally gets our year off to a bright start and we were lucky with the weather and had plenty of visitors.

“Generally farmers are in a positive mood. They realise 2012 was a horrible year in many ways, but are determined to do their best to make 2013 better.

Research Reaches Top Audience

Research Reaches Top Audience

Great Plains’ research work on oilseed rape establishment was presented to two notable audiences in the Czech Republic by Simon Revell, Western European Exports Director, at two seminars.

The first was at the University of Life Sciences’ Agricultural School in Prague, where he addressed an audience including scientists, students and members of the Czech Republic’s Oilseed Rape Growers Association.

Rollers' Euro Debut at SIMA

Rollers' Euro Debut at SIMA

The new range of rollers for fitting behind Great Plains’ Simba mounted cultivators will be featured on the company’s stand at SIMA, being held in Paris from February 24th to 28th February (Hall 5a/Stand G002).

The show will also mark the show debut in the country of the DTX with auto-reset of the deeper working tines, as well as the new smaller SLD models and Great Plains’ YP825A maize planter.

Both developments are expected to open up fresh markets for the company’s products, say Simon Revell, Exports Director for Western Europe:

Soil Structure Crucial

Philip Wright highlights tine choice issues to a visitor

Farmers waiting to cultivate and drill in the spring should be patient and not rush into the field, suggests Philip Wright, from Wright Resolutions, who presented the Soil Structure Clinic at LAMMA.

But they should put the ‘waiting time’ to good use and find out a bit more about the state of their farm’s drainage:

“Many visitors started talking about which tines they should be using and what disc angles to use for spring work, but actually they need to go back a step.

Trio Clock Up 20 Years' Service

Trio Clock Up 20 Years Service

Great Plains’ Sleaford factory is benefitting from the presence of a large number of long-serving staff, believes Managing Director Colin Adams.

Three of the longest serving workers at the Sleaford factory have been presented with watches to mark their 20 years’ service to the company.