August 2013

Cotswold Farm Machinery Joins Dealer Network

The Cotswold Farm Machinery team – at your service!

Cotswold Farm Machinery, based near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, is joining the Great Plains dealer network to cover East Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and parts of Wiltshire.

The company was set up some eight years ago by Simon and Janet Carrington, when they bought the business that was previously part of Ross Farm Machinery.

Dairy Farmers to Benefit from Yield-Pro

Great Plains’ Yield-Pro planter

Great Plains’ Yield-Pro planters could help make British dairy farmers’ lives much simpler if the 10% yield improvement regularly achieved in the USA is repeated here.

So says Matthew Tapp, an agronomist from ProMaize, which is one of the partners with which the company is staging a range of field-scale trials across the South West of England:

Detail Important This Autumn

David Holmes

Attention to detail will be crucial for arable farmers aiming to restore soils after two very damaging wet seasons in a row, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director for Great Plains.

He was commenting after two open days held in North Lincolnshire by the CMI group, at which the subject was one of the key topics of interest to the 80 farmers attending.

He says farmers must check the effectiveness of the job they are doing frequently during the work, or risk doing ineffective work:

French Dealer Network Grows

Great Plains has added another dealer to its network in France, with Taveau being appointed in the Oise department.

Taveau is a family owned and run company which based at Saint-Andre-Farivilliers, and has sold Great Plains drills in the past.

Thomas Fraeyman, Territory Manager, says they already have renewed interest in drills, including the Centurion, and expects them to sell Simba cultivators as well:

LD Tines Solve Swedish Stone Problems

The SL – a popular choice in Sweden

Great Plains’ LD tines are helping Swedish farmers avoid problems with stones – something that had previously been very costly to them, reports Sven Nilsson from importer Agrimatiq:

“We have several farmers using SL cultivators, and they tell us that the straight design of the LD leg – which is very popular in Sweden – helps control stones because it flexes past them and leaves them in the soil.

Overdue Oilseed Harvest Posing Problems

There is growing interest in the companion crop technique

This year’s late oilseeds harvest is focussing farmers’ minds on the need to work quickly and efficiently thereafter, report Territory Managers who have been attending open days at the oilseed rape establishment trials we have been running with Agrovista.

These worries are making a very good case for the one-pass oilseed establishment systems championed by the company.

James Kissock, who attended events at Harper Adams, Shropshire, and Cirencester, Gloucestershire, says:

Valuable Briefing for Olivers Staff

Olivers staff during their visit

Eight staff from our Bedfordshire-based dealer Oliver Agriculture Ltd got a technical update when they visited Great Plains’ Sleaford factory, which included briefings on the company’s latest thinking on soil structure and how to repair it, as well as updates on its full range of machines, says James Clark, Territory Manager:

Working Demos On Way For Oakes

Oakes Bros expect to demonstrate the Centurion soon

Staff of distributor Oakes Bros Ltd will have a full programme of on-farm working demonstrations this autumn, reports James Kissock, Great Plains Territory Manager, after a successful open day at its Micheldever branch.

And visiting farmers showed real interest in the agronomic presentations that Great Plains has staged at shows like LAMMA and Cereals, he reports: