January 2014

LAMMA 2014 Attracts Quality Enquiries

Visitor numbers were high on the Great Plains stand

Great Plains enjoyed two profitable days at LAMMA 2014, with the UK launches of two new machines; a range of new technical information and research results available and a full range of other machines to interest all stand visitors.

This year’s event was the first to be held at the East of England Showground, and the switch of venue – allied to good planning of the stand - paid dividends, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director:

“Our sales force report an encouraging level of enquiries to previous years, with an excellent quality.

Setting the Gold Standard in OSR Establishment

David Holmes of Great Plains explains the company's work at a recent Agrovista 'Grow Crop Gold' Open Day

Correct fertiliser timings and rates – and the potential need for growth regulators – will be key subjects at Agrovista’s “Grow Crop Gold” open days during February and March, says Niall Atkinson, who co-ordinates the trials.

On the two sites where some of the plots were established using Great Plains’ Yield-Pro planter, the benefit of doing a deeper restructuring operation before placing the seed accurately will also be on show.

Last year’s good autumn means that many of the crops already have a big canopy, says Niall:

Ortega-Tavera focuses on Latin American customers

Jorge Ortega-Tavera

Latin American customers will have two excellent opportunities to learn more about Great Plains in February 2014.

The first will be at the World Ag Expo 2014 in Tulare, California February 11-12.  Great Plains Manufacturing will actually have two booths at the show.  One booth will represent Great Plains Ag division (South Exhibits, Booth L4) and another will represent the companies Land Pride division (South Exhibits, Booth O20).

Great Progress - And More To Come

Colin Adams

Great Plains has enjoyed unprecedented progress during 2013 – both in terms of the development of its Sleaford factory and in developing its markets across Europe and the rest of the world.

The development work completed at the Sleaford factory has come into its own this year, says Colin Adams, Managing Director, and is helping the plant maintain fresh production levels which are essential to servicing its growing UK and European markets:

LAMMA: Come And Discuss Agronomy

Simon Revell explains Great Plains’ oilseeds establishment research at LAMMA 2013

Great Plains will present the latest news on a wide range of its agronomic research when it exhibits at LAMMA 2014 (Stand No R13), which we feel bound to remind you is being held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd January 2014.

At the event we will display the latest results from our wide range of practical research into soil structure and practical crop production, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director:

LAMMA: Field Cultivator On Show

Great Plains' Field Cultivator

Great Plains will show its US-designed Field Cultivator, which is already popular across a range of export markets in Eastern Europe, at LAMMA 2014.

The Field Cultivator is a high-capacity finishing tool which completes a shallow cultivation and removes weeds/regrowth to finish seedbeds, leaving them level and ready for drilling.

Twenty models are available at widths between 23 and 60 feet (7.00 and 18.3 metres), with models up to 39 feet (11.9m) being built in three sections, while larger models are constructed in five sections.

Serrated Discs On Test

X-Press fitted with new serrated discs

Great Plains will be testing a new style of cultivation disc on selected machines this season, with a view to offering it as an option in the future.

The 6mm disc are available in 500mm and 560mm diameter, and feature a sharp serrated edge and could prove valuable in various UK and European conditions says Ben Covell, Product Development Manager:

“The serrated edge self-sharpens, in the way a serrated knife does, and so stays sharp. We think this type of disc has potential for working in heavy trash conditions, such as rotations that include maize or potatoes.

Soil Secrets In Spotlight

European farmers are the latest to show interest in Great Plains’ concept of Vertical Tillage, following its presentation on the company’s stand at Agritechnica, and other presentations by importers and dealers across the continent.

Tackling Cultivation Issues

Stephen Lewis

Northern Irish farmers are showing growing interest in Great Plains’ approach to improving crop yields, as the excellent attendance at two seminars organised by importer Genesis Distribution proves.

Stephen Lewis from Genesis says feedback to the two sessions has been very positive and his company is working on a number of excellent enquiries:

“David Holmes gave an excellent presentation on the company’s approach to crop establishment, and highlighted the importance of maintaining healthy soil structure and tailoring your operations to the soil type and conditions.

UniPress Answers Multiple Problems

Ryan Boggs (pictured left) is impressed with the UniPress

Working across a huge variety of soil types, Northern Ireland contractor Ryan Boggs needs a cultivation system that is flexible enough to deal with them all.

And while the provinces high rainfall means the plough is his primary cultivator, he is keen to improve the efficiency and output of his system to achieve more timely and cost effective crop establishment.