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.

Great Plains is strengthening its UK market presence in North Somerset and South Wiltshire by appointing H Curtis & Sons, based at Pensford, South of Bristol, as its dealer for the region. H Curtis & Sons are main AGCO/Valtra dealers, and represent a range of other leading brands including Merlo, McConnell and McHale. The business was started on its existing site at Stanton Wick Farm, Pensford, in 1948 by Harry Curtis and is run by his sons Andrew, Derek and Gerald, all of whom have children working in the business.

Service staff from 37 of Great Plains’ UK dealer network attended a series of training sessions to update their knowledge of Great Plains’ full range of machines. The sessions included briefings on the many amendments and improvements made to the company’s machines over the past year. They will help ensure dealerships offer customers an excellent level of support and service, says Peter Hindmarsh, Service Manager at Sleaford:

The first two Centurion drills to be sold in France will go to work this year, reports Pierre-Arnaud Noiret, Territory Manager France, who expects current interest in the marketplace to produce more orders soon: “The first couple have gone to farmers in the Saone-et-Loire department, one of whom is an individual running a 500ha arable farm and the other to a group of three farmers who run their farms together in a 700ha enterprise.

Farmers visiting Ripon Farm Services spring show at Great Yorkshire Showground were in confident mood, reports the company’s Steve Platts, and the fact that the event was held in sunshine and under blue skies helped: “The show normally gets our year off to a bright start and we were lucky with the weather and had plenty of visitors. “Generally farmers are in a positive mood. They realise 2012 was a horrible year in many ways, but are determined to do their best to make 2013 better.

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.

Agritechnica 2011 showcased two great brands, Great Plains Manufacturing and Simba International, and demonstrated how together we're even stronger. Great Plains is the United States' largest privately owned tillage and seeding company while Simba was the UK's leading cultivation equipment manufacturer in 2010. Key among the international product offering was the Centurion cultivator drill – the first joint project between the European and American engineering teams – which was launched at the UK's Cereals event this summer, and made its European mainland debut at Agritechnica.

Staff of distributor Oakes Bros Ltd will have a full programme of on-farm working demonstrations this autumn, reports James Kissock, Great Plains Territory Manager, after a successful open day at its Micheldever branch. And visiting farmers showed real interest in the agronomic presentations that Great Plains has staged at shows like LAMMA and Cereals, he reports: