January 01, 2013
Great Plains will be offering a range of advice to LAMMA show visitors who might be contemplating spring field work and drilling for the first time in some years.
This new service is being offered in response to enquiries from many customers who have failed to get drilled up as planned due to the wet conditions in the autumn.
The Great Plains stand (B85, Avenue N) will be very different this year – featuring a range of technical information points and modular displays in marquees that concentrate on the techniques of effective crop establishment rather than just the machines:
“We have talked to many farmers who are worried about the amount of land they have left to drill and about soil compaction and problems they might be carrying over from last autumn. Many of them admit that they have not done substantial amounts of spring cultivations for some years”, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director.
“Damaged soils may take longer to warm up in the spring; wet patches can lie for weeks and offer no chance for remedial work; and soils may dry up quickly as the spring turns into summer, all of which place pressure on any crop.
“One key element of getting a spring crop off to a good start is ensuring it has a well-structured seedbed, so it has the optimum chance to establish an effective root system quickly, and so is able to access all available nutrients and access a good supply of moisture.
“But with pressure to get crops off to a quick start, they may have only very small weather windows within which to work.
“To help them consider all their options, we have invited Philip Wright, from Wright Resolutions, to stage a clinic on our stand where they can ask any questions they like and get best advice to help them this spring”.