March 2013

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Auto-Reset Proves its Worth

Jim Thygesen

Fitting the DTX with auto-reset on the deep working tines has opened up a significant market in Denmark, says Jim Thygesen, Territory Manager, because some 90% of the country’s soils are stony:

“Any machine that only has shear-bolt protection of deep working tines simply would not work in those areas”.

The latest opportunity for the country’s farmers to see the machine came at a two day show held by dealer J Hundhal, which is based at Thisted in the far North of the country:

Clark Retirement

George Clark Retires

Staff on Great Plains’ Sleaford Assembly Shop Have bid a fond farewell to George Clark, who has been a valuable part of the factory’s team for the past decade.

George retired on reaching his 65th birthday, having joined the old Simba company in November 2002.

Prior to that he was a self-employed motor mechanic and ran his own garage. On retirement, he was presented with a special wristwatch and a hamper.

DTX Doing The Job This Spring

DTX Auto-Reset

Fitting the DTX cultivator with auto-reset tines is opening up new markets for the machine in a range of regions, and the machine is proving its worth again this spring.

Dairy farmer Richard Pearman, who runs a 240 cow dairy herd at Bellbroughton, near Stourbridge, West Midlands, has already run his machine this spring as he prepares to sow the 130 acres of forage maize he grows for his cattle.

Good Business at Doe Show

The Doe Show

British farmers seem determined to put 2012 behind them and concentrate on the future, judging by their attitude at the Doe Show, where plans - and purchases - for 2013 were the main topics of conversation.

Graham Parker, Dealer Principal, says show sales were among the highest ever: “They were 42% up on the 2012 show by the Friday evening, and I wasn’t unhappy about the 2012 event!

“People appeared to come out in a business-like mood and be prepared to invest if they felt it was justified.

New Dealers in France

Pierre-Arnaud Noiret

Great Plains is strengthening its market presence in two key arable farming areas of Northern France with the appointment of new dealers.

Scop Bouchard is based in the Calvados region of Normandy, while Sebmat operates in the Marne department, to the East of Paris.

“These two dealers are valuable additions to our network and cover two important regions”, says Pierre-Arnaud Noiret, Territory Manager for France:

“Both companies bring with them experience from working with Bonnel, who were previously our importers for the country.

Rays of Hope at Rea Valley

Mounted X-Press with ST Bar

The improving spring weather is helping raise farmers’ spirits in the Midlands, where there was a strong turnout for Rea Valley Tractors’ Open Day at their Draycott-in-the-Clay, Derbyshire.

The better weather is turning farmers’ minds towards spring field-work, says James Kissock, Territory Manager:

“Many of them resorted to ploughing last autumn, but are now starting to think about reduced tillage again.

SIMA Sets Tone For The Year

Getting down to detail at SIMA

Great Plains enjoyed a busy week at the SIMA Show in Paris, where it was exhibiting in its own right for the first time.

The company switched from working through an importer to employing its own staff in France last year, a decision that Simon Revell, European Exports Director, says is paying dividends:

“The show will help us build a strong presence in France. We received lots of interest from potential new dealers and will make new appointments to strengthen our network.

Structure Key Subject in Ukraine

The Flatliner is proving its ability in Ukraine

Key messages about soil structure and the savings available from one-pass oilseed rape establishment were the key topics tackled during two well-attended seminars held by Great Plains in the Ukraine.

The first event was held near Lviv, in the far West of the country near the Polish border, while the second was held near Donets’k in the East.

Both sessions prompted healthy debate, reports Simon Revell, European Exports Director:

Top Dealers Rewarded

Top Dealers Rewarded

Leading Great Plains dealers from across the Czech Republic and Slovakia received a detailed briefing on the company’s plans for the future when they attended a conference organised by importer Agri CS.

The ideas they heard provoked a lot of discussion, says Vasek Madl, from  Agri CS:

“The theme we used was ‘The Different Way’, which highlights how we want to approach the market in a fresh way. We invited 65 staff from our best dealers across the two countries and explained to them how we want to work with them to help establish the Great Plains brand.