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International News

The following are news articles of interest to our International customers, listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Enjoy!

The new Great Plains Saxon 300 Drill

Cereals 2015 held in Lincolnshire in the UK provided the platform for the launch of Great Plains’ new Saxon drill. Initially available in 3-metre and 4-metre widths, the Saxon mirrors the looks of Great Plains’ recently launched Centurion 300 and Centurion 400 cultivator drills and shares many of the Centurion’s features around its seed delivery, seed placement and consolidation functions.  However, the Saxon differs from its sister drills in one key area.

The Saxon's Turbo Discs are interchangeable with the Centurion's notched angled cultivation discs

The launch by Great Plains of their new minimal disturbance Saxon 3-metre and 4-metre drills at this year’s Cereals follows hard on the heels of the company’s new Centurion 3-metre and 4-metre cultivator drill models. With the advent of the Saxon range, Great Plains can now meet the need for minimal disturbance, operation in heavy residue and, where the soil structure allows, operation in no-till conditions alongside the need for more aggressive cultivations in a plough-based or reduced tillage system.

Great Plains UK was proud to host and sponsor the annual Sleaford Town Awards, which recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations alike for their endeavours in local community, business, education and sport-related fields.

The conference room at our Sleaford facility provided the perfect backdrop for the event, which was organised by the Town Council and compered by Stephen Stray, editor of the Sleaford Standard. The town’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Garry Titmus got proceedings underway with an opening address.

UK Dealers attend in-field training and product demonstrations

A sales training event held at Great Plains’ Sleaford facility has been voted a great success by the company’s UK dealers with a total of 73 delegates attending over three days. Originally planned as a two day programme - one day to focus on training for new dealer sales staff attending a Great Plains presentation for the first time and a second day to provide advanced product training for more experienced sales personnel - interest proved to be so great that a third day was added to accommodate demand for the advanced training.

The New Centurion CDA 400 Drill at SIMA

The new 4-metre grain only version of the Great Plains Centurion cultivator drill was on display for the first time at SIMA 2015.

The new drill – the CDA400, which also boasts a new-look 3000-litre hopper design - is added to a growing Centurion range which includes the existing 6-metre CDA600 model and will be further strengthened by a 3-metre version of the drill to be launched in the summer. Grain and fertiliser variants for the UK and Western European markets will be developed later this year in 6-metre, 4-metre and 3-metre widths.

If you’re making your way to the SIMA Show at Paris Nord, Villepinte, France 22nd to 26th February, be sure to pay us a visit on Stand F039 Hall 6.

The Great Plains stand at this year’s SIMA promises to be the biggest and best yet at this major international event with more than 700 square metres of floor-space featuring displays from across the Great Plains range of tillage, seeding and planting machines.

James McNair

James McNair has been appointed Managing Director for Great Plains UK. He succeeds Colin Adams, who resigned the position he has held since 2010. Throughout his years with Simba International, Colin held increasingly more responsible positions and provided leadership as the company grew. He contributed well to the integration of Great Plains and Simba, bringing years of product and management experience to the process.  We wish him well in his future endeavours.

Great Plains has announced the launch of its 2014 UK Retail Finance Promotion. Throughout the month of November 2014, all UK-built Great Plains tillage and seeding equipment will be available on attractive 0% terms across the national Great Plains dealer network.

FCN080 Field Cultivator at Innov-Agri

Great Plains put on a show of strength for French farmers and dealers at Innov-Agri, which was held in September at Outarville, 62 miles south of Paris. Visited by some 80,000 people, a remarkable attendance given that harvest was still ongoing in many areas of the country, this 3-day event is one of the most important outdoor shows in the French agricultural calendar.

New SoilRazor Disc Blade

Great Plains has announced the introduction of a new cultivating disc blade option to further increase specification flexibility across a wide range of its trailed and mounted tillage equipment.

The X-Press impresses at French demo event

A recent Great Plains 3-day demonstration event held in France has proved to be a great success. The first day was reserved for dealers affiliated to SCAR (Société Coopérative des Artisans Ruraux), a major agricultural equipment purchasing consortium and dealer group, whilst days two and three of the event attracted a great deal of interest from customers and prospective end-users.

Centurion cultivator drill

Drilling efficiency and flexibility in tillage equipment specification are the main themes of Great Plains presence at this year’s Tillage Live event to be held on 10th September at Down Ampney Airfield, Gloucestershire. The company’s 6-metre Centurion cultivator drill will be put through its paces and the firm will also be demonstrating the highly successful mounted DTX, X-Press and ST Bar cultivators as well as examples from its trailed machines range including the SL and Cultipress.

Alexander Geffers - Great Plains Territory Manager, Germany

Great Plains, a major manufacturer of tillage, seeding and planting equipment selling into markets throughout Europe and world-wide, has announced the appointment of Alexander Geffers to the role of Territory Manager for Germany.

Aged 33, married with one child and based near Hanover, Alexander has developed extensive experience over the past nine years in the sales and distribution of both new and used agricultural equipment including leading brands such as Claas, Lemken, Amazone and Fendt.

Great Plains appoints C J Cox as its dealer for Dorset

Great Plains UK has appointed C J Cox Limited as its dealer for Dorset and the surrounding area. An established dealer for other major brands including Valtra, CAT and Lely and strategically located in Sturminster Newton close to the county’s large grain belt area, C J Cox is well placed to support users of Great Plains machines in the Dorset, South Somerset and South Wiltshire areas.

Jason Weston, Great Plains

Great Plains UK has confirmed the appointment of Jason Weston in the role of Territory Manager for Eastern and South-East England.

Educated at Cranfield University, Jason (42) is from Cambridgeshire and has a wealth of experience across a wide spectrum of the agricultural machinery market including retail sales, dealer network development, after-sales and product demonstrations.

Lars Spange - Great Plains Territory Manager for Denmark and Sweden

Great Plains is further strengthening its European presence with the appointment of Lars Spange as Territory Manager for Denmark and Sweden.

Having been brought up on and later tasked with managing the family’s farm in Southern Denmark, where the primary business was vegetable production, Lars (40) has developed a wide-ranging experience in agriculture.

Great Plains Ultra-Chisel™

Great Plains introduces the Ultra-Chisel™, a durable, low-maintenance tillage machine designed to endure rough ground conditions for consistent field performance. Primarily a vertical tillage tool, the Ultra-Chisel provides horizontal fracture to fit both vertical and conventional tillage markets. With a maximum working depth of 8 inches, the Ultra-Chisel is available in 9- or 12-inch spacing, with optional 12- or 16-inch sweeps to undercut weeds while minimizing surface disturbance. The Ultra-Chisel’s spring-loaded shanks have 900 lbs. of trip force and 30" of underframe clearance.

Great Plains 7000 Series Disk Harrow

After enduring several seasons of intense field testing, the new 7000 Series Disk Harrow has proven itself a productive addition to Great Plains’ line of tillage equipment.

While the new model utilizes its predecessor’s double offset gang configuration, the 7000 Series features several upgrades for enhanced efficiency and performance, including an improved lift hydraulic system, axle design and leveling system.

Great Plains is adding a 4m version of the Centurion to its drill range.

The new drill – the Centurion 4 – will be available as a grain only or grain & fertiliser model, and will be shown in concept form at Cereals 2014, with field testing planned for autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

It will feature two rows of 460mm cultivation discs running ahead of a tyre packer that offers highly consistent consolidation in front of Great Plains’ well proven 00 Series openers, with the option of either 125mm or 167mm row spacings. Control is via a Mueller ISOBUS-ready system.

BAGMA members visit Sleaford plant

Members of BAGMA – the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association – are the latest people to tour Great Plains’ expanded Sleaford plant, when they held their regional conference at the venue.

And the visitors, drawn from many machinery dealerships across the Midlands, were impressed with the new factory, which has returned to full line manufacturing in recent years.

Kevin Waddingham checks off a consignment of Simba 4B Discs parts for Eastern Africa

Staff at Great Plains’ Sleaford, UK plant are despatching a fresh load of spare parts to a customer in Eastern Africa – to be used on one of the many Simba disc harrows that are still working in the region.

The parts are due for original sets of 4B discs, a machine the original Simba company sold widely across East Africa, and which it re-launched at Agritechnica 2013.

The SL and other Great Plains Simba machines perform well in Wisconsin

Selected models from Great Plains’ Simba range made an excellent impression when tested on farms in Wisconsin, USA – a region where farming patterns are similar to many parts of Europe.

The Simba DTX, Simba SL and Simba X-Press were all run on a number of farms in the state, and impressed those who saw them work, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director:

Mark Hemmant (with clipboard) leads the visitors around the plots

Completing a soil-restructuring pass before planting oilseed rape has helped create significantly greater root weights in trial plots run by Agrovista.

On plots at Morley, Norfolk, crops planted with Great Plains’ Yield-Pro planter behind the company’s ST Bar recorded greater root weights per plant at seeding rates of both 30 and 40 seeds/square metre, than either direct drilling or sowing after a pass with a one-pass cultivator.

The plots were sown last autumn, and when sample plants were measured at the end of January the differences in root volume were clear.

Dimitrina Miteva

Great Plains’ growing market presence across key area of Eastern Europe is benefitting from the addition of Dimitrina Miteva as Office Manager, based at its office at Dobrich, Bulgaria.

Her addition to the team eight months ago has proved an excellent appointment, says Veselin Valev, Territory Manager for Eastern Europe: “Dimitrina is exceptionally well qualified for this role, having qualifications in both international trade and farm machinery.

Great Plains equipment attracts interest at Doe Show

Great Plains enjoyed a profitable time at the Doe Show, held at the Maldon, Essex headquarters of Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd, its leading UK dealer.

The company picked up many excellent enquiries over the three days, as well as retailing a number of machines off the stand and from dealer stock, including a Centurion drill, and SL, DTX and UniPress cultivators.