June 2013

Centurion Delights Danes

The Centurion shows its paces

Great Plains’ Simba Centurion drill, SL and X-Press cultivators all delighted an audience of potential customers in Denmark, as Jim Thygesen, Territory Manager, reports:

“All three machines were demonstrated on light medium land by Almas, a new dealer with its headquarters in Aalborg in the North of the country, and two other branches – one further North and the other to the South.

“The Centurion was demonstrated by a contractor for a group of his customers sowing spring barley and peas, and then shown at an open day where an audience of 20 other farmers saw it work.

Designs On The Future

Tom Williams (left) and Clement Goirot

Great Plains is continuing to champion the cause of young engineers by recruiting a student every year from Harper Adams University College to its Sleaford-based engineering team.

Tom Williams, from Hertfordshire, who is just completing the third year of an agricultural engineering degree and is coming to the end of his placement, says the experience has been very valuable:

“It has been a brilliant year and I have been working on all sorts of projects, including designing assemblies for machines like the X-Press and the Great Plains field cultivator range.

Investment Benefits UK Farmers

The plasma cutting station in the new factory at Sleaford

UK farmers are the prime beneficiaries of the huge investment made by Great Plains in its Sleaford factory, managing director Colin Adams told customers of Carrs Billington – its dealer in the North of England and parts of the Scottish Borders, when they visited the factory.

As part of the Great Plains group, he says the company benefits because it has shareholders and is still owned by its founder, Roy Applequist:

Look at Good and Bad

David Holmes discusses soil structure with farmers at a dealer field day

Farmers should look at the healthy parts of their crops as much as the bare and thin patches to decide what remedial action might be required to repair damaged soils, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director for Great Plains.

Such agronomic advice will be on offer from the company’s stand at Cereals 2013 (Stand 12-K-1223):

“Obviously farmers must examine the bare and thin patches to decide what remedial action might be required before the next crop is drilled.

“But they should also look at the healthy areas of crop, and consider the differences between the two areas.

Machinery Offer Suits All

Visitors watch the DTX perform

Great Plains Simba produces many cultivators suited to the needs of the smaller farms in North of England and Scottish Borders, Craig Thomson, Territory Manager, told staff and customers of Carrs Billington when they visited the Sleaford factory:

“We produce a range of different cultivators that work behind tractors up to 150hp.

“These machines all have technical advantages over competitors, such as sprung discs so they ride over and avoid stones, and in-line discs that are easier to set up and operate, and require less maintenance.

New Skills On Show At Sleaford

Dave Fereday lines up components of a jig

Great Plains is busy recruiting skilled workers to help run its new factory, and meet some of the new manufacturing challenges it faces.

The company has made half a dozen key new appointments, says Colin Adams, Managing Director: “As we move from being an assembly plant into a full manufacturing site, we have required new staff with specific skills and experience.

Sharmans Examine Structure

Philip Wright

The subject of soil structure and the best way to restore damaged soils was top of the agenda at two evenings staged at Sleaford for customers of Grantham-based dealer Sharmans, with the importance of the subject being apparent from the total attendance of some 70 farmers.

Visitors heard from Philip Wright, from specialist consultancy Wright Resolutions, who said:

“Repairing damaged soils was one of the main topics, and farmers need to remember not to exceed the ‘critical depth’ when re-structuring the soil.

Soil And Oil In Focus

David Holmes

Fresh ideas on restructuring damaged soils and successful oilseed rape establishment are both in great demand, which helped attract an audience of 75 farmers to Peacock & Binnington’s seminar “Repair the soil - maximise the oil”, held at Fenwick Park, near Louth, North Lincolnshire.

Yield-Pro® Performs Across Europe

The Yield-Pro’s accuracy of seed placement impresses everybody.

Great Plains’ Yield-Pro® planter is proving its value in a range of field trials Britain, France and Hungary, with the accuracy of seed placement it achieves being instantly apparent.

In the UK, field-scale trials have been set up on farms in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, while similar work is being completed in Western and South West France, and also in Hungary.

James Kissock, Territory Manager, says the work in South West England has gone well: