November 01, 2012
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.
The new Centurion drill epitomises how quickly the two companies have come together. It is an entirely new cultivator drill designed for Western European conditions, and went from first sketch to finished prototype in under a year.
Great Plains' design team in Kansas has a huge wealth of knowledge of seeding and drilling techniques – the company produces 70 different types of drill that sell all around the world – which when added to Simba's knowledge of European arable farming has created an outstanding machine.
Crowd at the Great Plains stand at Agritechnica
Also shown was the three meter transport Disc-O-Vator, Sub-Soiler and Turbo-Chisel. The Sub-Soiler and Turbo-Chisel utilize the vertical tillage technology developed by Great Plains. The Spartan 907 represented the company's air drills. Great Plains is a pioneer in twin row technology and on the stand was the company's eight row Yield-Pro® Planter which is capable of the twin row configuration.
Simba Great Plains was represented on the stand with the SL, DTX300, Flatliner, TL, Trailed X-Press, Mounted X-Press and ST Bar.