January 2013

Two LAMMA Debuts

Auto-Reset is creating great interest in the DTX

Two of the company’s newest models made their UK debut at LAMMA on 16th January – these being the DTX with auto-reset of the deeper working legs fitted, and the SLD 300, which – with the SLD 350 – forms the bottom end of the SLD range.

Fitting auto-reset to protect the legs of the DTX is already proving its value, with one early Scottish customer using the machine to restore land that had become badly damaged during potato harvest.

A World of Oilseed Results

Establishing Trial Plots in France last Autumn

With such interest currently being shown in innovative techniques for oilseed rape establishment, Great Plains will also be presenting the observations and results of a series of trials in which it has been involved over recent years – both in the UK and across Europe.

These efforts are continuing, with a wide range of trial plots being established this last autumn with four different commercial partners in the UK, and with a range of other companies and research organisations in a number of key export markets across the continent.

Fanfare Greets Centurion in New Zealand

PFG staged a spectacular launch for the Centurion

Distributor Power Farming Group (PFG) introduced the first Great Plains Centurion to an invited audience of some 100 New Zealand dealers and farmers at a special invitation in December.

Centre of attention were the Centurion and the SLD460, and both impressed the audience, says Ryan Haffner, Exports Director for the Southern Hemisphere:

First Centurion Sales in France

The Centurion working last Autumn

The first two Centurion drills to be sold in France will go to work this year, reports Pierre-Arnaud Noiret, Territory Manager France, who expects current interest in the marketplace to produce more orders soon:

“The first couple have gone to farmers in the Saone-et-Loire department, one of whom is an individual running a 500ha arable farm and the other to a group of three farmers who run their farms together in a 700ha enterprise.

Great Potential in Germany

Josef Schutler

Staff and customers of Schlieper Agriservice, our dealer covering an area of Eastern Germany, got a full briefing on Great Plains, its current model ranges and trial work when they visited the Sleaford factory.

Schlieper, based at Sonnewalde, some 50 miles South of Berlin, is a major John Deere dealer, and serves a region in which soils vary widely.

Josef Schlüter, Machinery Sales Manager, sees great potential for Great Plains in the region:

Let's Get Rolling

The V-Roller in Field Tests

Great Plains is adding three new style rollers to the range of consolidation tools it offers with its mounted Simba X-Press and TL cultivators.

The company will introduce the rollers behind its DTX model soon, and is developing versions for use behind its range of trailed models.

The new rollers mean the company now offers a complete range of consolidation and seed-bed finishing actions, while also reducing the weight and price of the machines.

Poised for Progress

Colin Adams

Great Plains’ is poised to make significant progress in 2013, with the whole Sleaford factory now fully operational and growing demand for its products, both in the UK and across an increasing range of European markets.

Reviewing the year, Colin Adams, Managing Director, says: “2012 saw the return of full manufacturing to Sleaford – a move that increased employment at the site from 96 to 114 over the course of the year – and the further development of our European presence.

Top Tips for Spring Work

Philip Wright

Great Plains will be offering a range of advice to LAMMA show visitors who might be contemplating spring field work and drilling for the first time in some years.

This new service is being offered in response to enquiries from many customers who have failed to get drilled up as planned due to the wet conditions in the autumn.