July 2013

Cereals Launch for New Cultivators

Mark Dolby discusses the new-style 3m X-Press and ST Bar with visitors

Great Plains’ new range of market entry cultivators were the centre of attention on the company’s stand at a successful Cereals event, where the company did healthy business on both days.

And with so many farmers contemplating how to restructure damaged soils this autumn, machines like our SLD and DTX were also subject of plenty of enquiries from stand visitors.

Czech Event Success

Delegates and drills … delegates inspect the Centurion, surrounded by Spartans!

Some 160 dealer and company personnel attended Great Plains International’s European Training Days, held at Kamen – some 50 miles from Prague in the centre of the Czech Republic.

Over 30 of the company’s machines were shown at the event, although the extensive schedule of working demonstrations could not proceed due to the extraordinary amount of rain that had fallen in the country in the weeks leading up to the event.

Field Days Draw Crowds

Great Plains models made a great impression on Case Day visitors

Farmers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia got an earlier opportunity to see a huge selection of Great Plains machines when they attended the Case Field Days – also held at Kamen - where almost 40 of the company’s machines were on show.

While the planned programme of field demonstrations could not be completed, Vasek Madl from AgriCS says the quality of the technical presentations made during the two days ensured the visitors had an enjoyable and profitable time:

Highland Hopes

The 3m X-Press is helping simplify crop establishment systems

Farmers in the North of Britain are being practical and looking forward to the future after one of the hardest crop-growing years in living memory, says Craig Thomson, Territory Manager after a successful Royal Highland Show for the company.

And the fact that spring crops could yield respectably is helping improve their mood, he says:

“Prospects for this coming harvest have improved quite markedly thanks to the recent run of better weather, which has helped some of the backward-looking autumn crops to rally very well.

New Zealand Welcomes Chapman

John Chapman

Power Farming Group – Great Plains’ distributor in Australia and New Zealand – is strengthening its presence in the latter country with the appointment of John Chapman as Product Specialist for seeding and cultivation equipment.

John (39) has spent 15 years on managing farms in Suffolk and Norfolk in the UK since graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester with an MSc in Farm Management.

Set to Save Costs

The Centurion is excelling in Essex

One of Great Plains’ Centurion drills is set to make a major impact on the profitability of an Essex farm in the UK by reducing the amount of cultivation needed ahead of the drill.

Michael Symons bought the drill to work at Grange Farm, Latchingdon, Chelmsford, Essex following a successful trial this spring:

“We previously used a tined drill but it simply would not work last autumn, so we talked with Ernest Does and decided to try the Centurion this spring.

Successful Start for Curtis

The DTX, pictured here at the Curtis Open Day, is proving popular in Somerset

New dealer H Curtis and Sons is celebrating receiving its first orders – and hopes to set up a lot more with a busy farm demonstration programme planned to start as soon as possible this autumn.

The company, which was appointed to the UK dealership network this spring, is benefitting from holding a very successful working day on land near its headquarters at Pensford, near Bristol, and some good follow-up work on leads gained at that event:

Thoughts on Restructuring

Burdens visitors saw the new factory

Forty customers of dealer Burdens Group visited Great Plains’ Sleaford factory in which agronomy featured as strongly as machines.

Burdens’ Shaun Taylor says the group – which included both existing and potential customers for Great Plains machines – was most interested to hear the company’s latest thoughts on soil restructuring, this being a major issue in a region where a significant portion of the land is given over to vegetable and root crop production, and so is often worked late in the autumn:

West to East - The Hard Way!

A brief rest (left to right): Neil Clark, Jim Dalton, Rufus Pilgrim, David Holmes, Colin Adams and Euan Adamson make the most of their only rest period

Three Great Plains staff – Colin Adams, David Holmes and Euan Adamson – took part in the Coast to Coast Cycle Race, a 150 mile race that starts at Seascale on the West coast of the UK and finishes at Whitby on the East coast.

They formed part of a six man team, being joined by friends Jim Dalton, Neil Clark and Rufus Pilgrim.

Euan Adamson finished in a time of nine hours and eight minutes excelled, coming ninth of the 500 competitors, while Colin and David finished a little further down the field.