February 04, 2013
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.
“Everybody we saw at the event was pretty upbeat, and determined to crack on with the job. As a result we secured a good number of sales during the two days and received many good enquiries which we are still following up now.
“Many visitors report that they have significant acreages to work and drill this spring, but they are positive that conditions will dry up and they will be able to catch up this spring”.
Steve Cook, Great Plains’ Territory Manager, says the problems many farmers had getting drilled up last autumn is helping create interest in the Centurion drill: “There is a real desire to increase drilling output to avoid the problem of working late into the autumn, and the Centurion offers that as a 6m drill that will work direct on ploughing or in non-inversion tillage systems”.
In addition, he says the addition of auto-reset to the company’s DTX one-pass cultivator has further increased demand for one of our most popular products:
“It is a real game changer for this region and makes the machine a real option for farmers who would not have considered using it before.
“We also received plenty of enquiries about the CultiPress, because many farmers feel there is nothing else on the market that does a comparable job of working down and levelling ploughing and leaving a consolidated seedbed that is ready for drilling with little or no further work”.