April 2013

New Product - Lister Cultivator

Great Plains Lister Cultivator

In response to growing customer demand for a price-competitive alternative to the competition, Great Plains is introducing its new LC40 Lister Cultivator model this spring. The LC40 Lister Cultivator is built in the spirit of other Great Plains equipment with a focus on innovation, functionality, and toughness.

A Flexible Friend When You Need It

The DTX offers multiple adjustments and part options

Owners of Great Plains’ Simba cultivators are better placed than owners of other brands this spring because they own machines which are more adjustable than their competitors, says Adrian Hartley, Chief Design Engineer.

But before they get any machine out of the shed for spring field work he suggests they use a spade to examine the soil and determine just how much cultivation they should do.

His message is especially relevant for those farmers who had to abandon cultivations last autumn and may be working in the spring for the first time in a number of years:

Drilling Directions

David Holmes

Successfully running a cultivator drill in damp conditions needs care, but can be done successfully if the drill and tractor pulling it are prepared and managed correctly, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director for Great Plains (pictured left).

For those thinking of using the drill this spring, he suggests they avoid over-working the soil and draw as much benefit as possible from the winter’s weathering:

Farmers' Feeding Challenge

Simon Revell

The world’s farmers face a huge challenge to achieve ever higher crop yields to ensure they can keep feeding the world’s fast growing population.

Speaking to a group of Hungarian visitors to Great Plains’ Sleaford factory, Simon Revell, European Sales Director, said that rising population was just one concern:

“A growing population needs somewhere to live, and we are losing land to house and road building at an alarming rate. That means we are going to have to produce far more from the land that is left”.

There was huge scope for improvement, he added:

Know Your Costs

Small plant; big root – Andrew Ward oilseeds should still thrive!

All farmers should know their own production costs and not rely on the averages often quoted in the industry, a group of Hungarian journalists visiting Great Plains’ Sleaford factory heard.

Andrew Ward, who farms at Leadenham, a few miles West of Sleaford, explained how he calculates the full costs of every farm operation so he knows how much each crop costs to produce.

In particular he highlighted the savings – both in terms of time taken and financial cost – that he has achieved by moving from a fully plough-based system to non-inversion tillage.

Replacing the Plough

Attila Jocsak translates a briefing for the Hungarian visitors

The non-inversion and one-pass crop establishment systems now widely used across the UK attracted significant interest from a group of 16 leading Hungarian farmers when they visited Great Plains’ Sleaford factory and farms using such systems.

Around 80% of arable land in the country is still ploughed, says Attila Jocsak, Great Plains specialist for importer Valkon, but things are changing:

“Some of these farmers already have Great Plains machines. They range from those with 220ha – 250ha to one who manages 15,000 ha for a big company.

Twin-Row On Test In Europe

Stephen Aldis briefs the Hungarians on the Twin-Row planter

Great Plains’ Twin-Row maize planter is being trialled right across Europe this year, and will be promoted alongside the company’s “vertical tillage” systems.

The two fit together logically, Simon Revell, European Exports Director told a group of Hungarian farmers visiting the company’s Sleaford factory, an combining them correctly could reap significant rewards:

“Maize is very sensitive to poor soil structure, which quickly reduces emergence levels and yield. Yet if the soil structure is correct it will establish roots up to 1.2m deep.

Genesis Gets The Orders

Stephen Lewis

Two new X-Presses are on their way to farms in Northern Ireland via Genesis Distribution Ltd, based at Upper Ballinderry, West of Belfast, which is enjoying a good start to its first full year as a Great Plains dealer.

The two machines have gone to contrasting customers, says Stephen Lewis, pictured here:

Great Plains Shows Well in Louisville

Roy Applequist visits with show attendees

With nearly 870 exhibitors and 307,000 attendees on hand for the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show, Great Plains showed its metal (or iron) as traffic on our lot was feverish throughout the four-day exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. Interest at the Great Plains lot was high for our industry-leading vertical tillage tool Turbo-Max® and, according to Great Plains Vice President of Sales, Tom Evans, another hot topic of discussion was our nutrient application tool, Nutri-Pro®.