March 2014

Still Tackling The Tough Stuff

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.

Great Plains Simba Models Show Potential in States

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:

The Root Of Good Oilseeds

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.