December 2013

Doe Expands to Cover Norfolk

James Clark (centre) and Graham Parker congratulate each other on the news, watched by David Holmes

Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd – one of Great Plains’ longest serving dealers in the UK – is being appointed to cover Norfolk and adjoining parts of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, an area previously covered by Ben Burgess Ltd, from whom the company has agreed an amicable split.

Graham Parker, Dealer Principal at Ernest Doe & Sons, says: “We are looking forward to increased business, and to introducing the Great Plains franchise to our branches at Wymondham and North Walsham.

European Yield-Pro Impresses at Agritechnica

Great Plains’ YPE825A was the centre of attention at Agritechnica

Great Plains enjoyed a profitable week at Agritechnica, receiving more than double the level of enquiries it had at the previous events.

Daniel Rauchholz, President of Great Plains International, says the event will help the company continues its current growth:

Healthy Crops; Healthy Interest

David Holmes explains Great Plains’ work to the audience at Doncaster

Finding more effective and cost-efficient ways of establishing oilseed rape remains one of the ‘hot topics’ for arable farmers, as the healthy attendance at Agrovista’s Grow Crop Gold open days proves.

These trials are among a number that Great Plains is working on with a range of industry partners, and have been producing some valuable observations.

At STOUGHTON, Leicestershire, Agrovista’s Mark Hemmant highlighted the impact that establishing the right density of crop has on yield, and the ability of oilseed plants to recover from setbacks during the season:

International Teams

Corinne Byron with Daniel Rakers (left) and Christophe Muller

With its export business continuing to grow healthily, Great Plains is now developing dedicated teams – with some members based at Sleaford and others in the field – to support its dealers and clients in a range of European markets.

The first team is taking shape now, and preparing to support the company’s business in Germany and France, with Corinne Byron being based at Sleaford, while Daniel Rakers and Christophe Muller provide service and support to dealers and customers in the field.

Sleaford Factory at Full Capacity

Great Plains’ owner Roy Applequist examines one of the Field Cultivators being packed for export

Great Plains’ expanded Sleaford factory has been working to full capacity all year, helping keep up with demand from its growing European markets.

This autumn that has included making 60 of the company’s popular Stubble Cultivators, built for export to Eastern Europe.

The Stubble Cultivator is a versatile seedbed finishing tool that features five ranks of tines that move the top few inches of the seedbed to kill weeds and volunteers, while incorporating trash and leaving a smooth seedbed that is ready for drilling:

Speed of the Essence for Scots

AgriScot visitors are hoping for a brighter 2014

The need to speed up cultivations but still work in a way that does not risk compromising the quality of seedbeds or losing the tilth from the surface remains upper-most in farmers minds, reports Territory Manager Craig Thomson following the Agriscot event.

Many visitors to the company’s stand at the event said yields had suffered due to the wet autumn of 2012, but were now confident that things should improve:

Ultimate Test for SLD

Check Profi’s February 2014 edition for their thoughts on the SLD

Great Plains’ Simba SLD cultivator received a thorough examination and evaluation in the hands of Mervyn Bailey, joint editor of leading farm machinery magazine Profi.

He spent two days working the machine in a field near our Sleaford headquarters, and his assessment of the machine will appear in a future edition of the magazine, most likely to be around the time of LAMMA 2014: