September 2013

All Go for Entry Level Machines at Tillage

The new style 3m X-Press and ST Bar will be working at Tillage

Two models from Great Plains’ new entry level specification cultivators will make their public debut at a working demonstration at the UK's Tillage Live event, being held at West Hall Farm, Welton, Lincolnshire on Wednesday 11th September.

The new style 3m X-Press & ST Bar and the new TL tined cultivator will be shown working at the event.

Also being demonstrated will be the 6m Centurion drill; SLD 540; SL400; DTX300 and a 4.6m X-Press.

Double Success for Hungarian OSR Trials

OSR Trials in Hungary raise yields and cut growing costs

Oilseed rape establishment trials completed in Hungary this year have achieved a valuable and elusive double – by raising yields and cutting growing costs.

And the improvement in soil structure achieved by Great Plains’ Simba DTX cultivator is crucial to this success, says Simon Revell, European Exports Director.

The trials – conducted on five sites spread across the country – have helped raise yields by anything between 400kgs/ha and 700kgs/ha.

Playing Our Part

Euan Adamson

Parts and service staff at Great Plains UK’s Sleaford factory are working extended hours and over weekends to ensure all customers and dealers in the UK and across Europe receive the parts they need on time during the working season.

Euan Adamson, General Manager of the Division, urges farmers to keep in contact with their dealer over parts issues, or risk unnecessary down-time.

The hard-working conditions and damage done to soils in two wet autumns are apparent in this year’s business, he says:

Precision Planting of Oilseeds

Perfect harmony – the ST Bar and Yield-Pro planter performed perfectly

The idea of combining a deeper seedbed restructuring pass with precision seeding of oilseeds is being tested in a series of trials that Great Plains is completing with leading industry partners.

These are the latest trials that the company has been involved with over the past 25 years which aim to provide farmers with reliable information on which to base their machinery and cultivation decisions.

SLDs Team Up at Thurlow

"Thurlow's SLDs are doing the job," says Andrew Crossley

A full range of Great Plains’ Simba kit - both old and new – is helping the Thurlow Estate introduce an entirely new cultivation regime on the 12,000 acres straddling the borders of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex in the UK.

Manager Andrew Crossley introduced the new regime when three farms that had previously been run separately were combined, and three machinery fleets were rationalised into one, and they moved towards a block cropping system including controlled traffic on 40m tramlines.

Two New Dealers in France

Pierre-Arnaud Noiret

Two new dealers are joining Great Plains’ network in South East France, and Pierre-Arnaud Noiret, Territory Manager, is confident both will make a big impression for the company:

“Both these companies are established John Deere dealers, with AgriPro having three branches in the Ain department, and has relinquished several competitor brands so it can concentrate on the brand, while Axe is based in the Côte d’Or, Yonne, Saône & Loire et Nièvre departments and has already sold a Centurion drill.

Upwards and Onwards for Dani

Danielle Pole (left) covers more miles

Danielle Pole, Export Co-Ordinator at Sleaford, has completed two thirds of the ambitious programme of fund raising events she aimed to complete this year – and has raised over £1,500 for MacMillan Cancer Support in the process.

Her latest escapade was an event known as “Hard as Dales”, which is advertised as a 28 mile hike in the Yorkshire Dales, but felt like a lot further due to the number and severity of the climbs involved: