November 2013

3m Yield-Pro Planter Launched

The new YPE-825A

Great Plains is launching a new version of its market-leading Yield-Pro precision planter that folds to 3m for transport especially for the Western European market.

The company is exhibiting at Agritechnica in Hall 12, Stands B02/B03.

The new machine, the YPE-825A, can plant a wide range of row-sown crops in either eight or 16 rows according to whether it is working conventionally or using Great Plains’ Twin-Row system.

4B Discs Get Us Back To Our Roots

4B discs – built to tackle the tough stuff

Great Plains is going back to its roots with the production of the new 4B discs at its Sleaford factory.

The original Simba company built its reputation making robust cultivators, tool-bars and road-planes for the East African fruit-growing estates, and that will be a key market for this new machine.

The 4B Series includes three models – at 3.10m; 3.80m and 4.60m widths – and are off-set disc harrows, which are proven to work better than conventional discs in these conditions because they are less affected by changes in working speed.

Deep Work Boosts Twin-Row Oilseeds

Simon Revell (left) and Chris Martin test the soil at Doncaster

Re-structuring below the seedbed is already showing significant benefits on a trial site near Doncaster, where we are working with Agrovista to learn more about precision one-pass oilseed rape establishment and the potential use of Great Plains Twin-Row system in it.

As reported in September’s update, we ran a Simba ST Bar ahead of a Yield-Pro planter on half of the trial area, and planted normally on the other half.

There are already clear differences, Chris Martin, from Agrovista told a group of leading Czech Republic farmers when they visited the site:

Great Plains UK 0% Finance Scheme Launched

Great Plains’ UK 2013/14 Finance Scheme enables farmers to make the investment in new technology they need now, and not start paying for it until November 2014.

Orders placed by 30th November will be supplied at existing prices, with the company due to review all prices ahead of announcing new arrangements from 1st December.

Under the scheme purchasers can opt to pay for their equipment in two halves – the first payment being due in November 2014 and the second one in November 2015.

Alternatively, they can agree their own repayment plan profile:

New Appointments Build The Team

Michael Harrop (left) and John Chapman

Great Plains is increasing the strength and depth of its team at Sleaford with a number of new appointments to crucial roles.

Michael Harrop has joined as Operations Manager, and brings with him great experience of running busy automotive plants in countries like India, Jordan and the UAE.

He also worked with the Benetton Formula One team, although he stresses he helped design the vehicles that transport the whole team, not the racing cars themselves!:

New Turbo Max Models Launched

The Turbo Max’s efficiency makes it a popular machine

Great Plains is expanding its Turbo Max cultivator range with the addition of 35 foot (10.52m) and 40 foot (12.04m) models to the top end of the range.

The Turbo Max is the company’s biggest selling cultivator, thanks to the efficiency with which it chops and incorporates crop residues, and leaves a well cultivated and levelled seedbed.

It features two gangs of 50cm cultivating discs set at 18.75 cm spacings on the axle; the second gang running in the spaces between the first so crop residues are chopped to less than 10cm length.

Slovakian Training

Vasek Madl and Jana Kubatova with the new Slovakian sales team

AgriCS, Great Plains’ importer for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has an entire new sales team appointed for Slovakia, who received a detailed briefing into the company’s machines and philosophy from Vasek Madl and Jana Kubatova, the product managers for both countries:

“We provided them with a full briefing on the whole range of cultivators, drills, planters and seeders the company provides, as well as on the Land Pride range of groundscare equipment.

Take Two If You Need To

James Clark (left) discusses structure with stand visitors

Some arable farmers need to accept that it might take them two years to correct all the damage caused to their soils over the past two years.

So says James Clark, Great Plains’ Territory Manager for Eastern England, after talking to a range of visitors at the new CropTec event, held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough:

“We spent a lot of time at the event discussing soil structure, and many visitors said they now accepted it might take more than one year to undo the damage done in the past two wet seasons.

YFC Visitors Impressed

David Holmes

A group of over 30 members of North Holland Young Farmers Club – some of whom use Great Plains’ equipment on their farms – got the chance to see where their machines were made when they visited the Sleaford factory:

“They were all very impressed with the investments made at Sleaford and the fact that we have returned to full manufacturing on the site”, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director, who briefed the party on latest developments at the company.

“There were several users of machines like the SL, DTX and CultiPress among them.