October 2013

Danish Oilseeds Trial: Great Plains Comes Top!

Great Plains’ SL cultivator led the field in Denmark

Oilseed rape crops established using a seeding kit mounted on a Great Plains’ Simba SL cultivator produced the top yield in a trial completed in Denmark.

The trial tested conventional plough and power harrow based cultivations – the system most commonly used in the country - against alternative methods from five different machinery manufacturers, who established their own plots.

In the trials, conducted by Sonderjysk Landboferening, a leading farmer-owned union operating in the South of Denmark, the crop established by the SL recorded a yield of 106% of the “control” plot.

DTX Does The Business

The DTX drew a crowd

Great Plains’ Simba DTX cultivator proved the star of the show at Power in Action, its debut at a major public demonstration.

The new entry DTX offers potential purchasers a wide range of options, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director, and this is helping attract plenty of enquiries about the machine:

“Many of the farmers who saw the new style DTX working at the event were impressed with its performance and we secured three sales to stand visitors in the days after the event.

Great Day at Tillage

Newcomer . . . the market entry X-Press and ST Bar

Great Plains enjoyed an excellent day at the Tillage event in the UK, where we showed the market entry version of the 3m X-Press and ST bar working for the first time.

It attracted a good deal of interest, as did the SLD cultivator and the Centurion drill, and dealers in the region are busy chasing up leads, as Graham Main, from Peacock & Binnington - which helped organise the stand – says the event has already been beneficial:

Innovation in France

The SL impressed at Innov-Agri Southwest

Great Plains enjoyed a successful show at Innov-Agri Southwest, held near Toulouse in a region where the company’s name evokes different reactions, reports Simon Revell, European Exports Director:

“We found ourselves talking to a completely different set of farmers in this region, compared to those we have met further North.

“We received a lot of enquiries, especially for the Yield-Pro planters – this is a major maize growing region – and in machines like the X-Press, DTX, SL and Centurion drill.

Oilseeds Planting Gets Precision

The new oilseeds disc in operation

Great Plains is introducing a new seed singulation and spacing system that will enable the Yield-Pro planters to place oilseed rape with the same accuracy they already achieve with crops like maize, sugar beet, sunflower, soya beans and milo/alfalfa.

The oilseeds disc system includes improvements to both the brushes in the Great Plains Air-Pro ® Metering system and the patented Clear-Shot ® Seed Tube.

The new elements will be introduced across the entire range of planters from November 2013, and can be retro-fitted to existing models.

Plotting Next Year's Show

Simon Revell

German farmers will get another chance to see how well oilseed rape crops established using Great Plains’ one-pass techniques perform at DLG’s Feldtage Show next year, where the company’s plots were sown recently.

“These plots are part of a wider programme by which we aim to show German farmers the benefits of the system”, says Simon Revell European Exports Director.

“There are other competing systems being offered by other companies in Germany, but they cannot establish the crop in one pass and restructure the soil to the depth or as efficiently as we can.

Powering Up in Australia

John Simpson

Great Plains agent in Australia and New Zealand, Power Farming Group, is strengthening its presence in Australia with the addition of 25-year-old John Simpson to its sales team.

John has a degree in agronomy and initially worked for one of the country’s largest agricultural merchants before joining PFG.

He will work across the states of Victoria, South Australia and the bottom half of New South Wales, says Graham Leigh, PFG’s Dealer Principal:

“We expect John’s background as an agronomist to prove really valuable when dealing with farmers.

Stronger Export Support

Danielle Pole (right) introduces Corinne to Great Plains’ equipment.

Great Plains is strengthening the team supporting its exports across Europe with the appointment of Corinne Byron as Export Co-Ordinator with responsibility for France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Corinne, who moved to Britain after marrying a British soldier, has a background in banking and speaks both German and French.