March 2016

Great Plains Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Since its inception on April 1, 1976, Great Plains Manufacturing has evolved from modest beginnings to become one of the largest family-owned farm equipment manufacturers in the United States.

Great Plains Restores Original Drill

To commemorate their 40th Anniversary, Great Plains Manufacturing recently completed restoration of the company’s very first 30-foot folding press drill.

Employees Jeff Hlad and Luke Schoenecker were commissioned to complete the project last year. Hlad is the grandson of Great Plains’ first employee, Bob Hlad, who worked with founder Roy Applequist to construct the first Great Plains drill in 1976.

CPM Cover Crops supplement

CPM Cover Crops Supplement

Great Plains products appeared several times in the March 2016 Cover Crops supplement in CPM magazine.  The Saxon drill stole the front cover.  The related inside story explains how Project Lamport trial site in Northants United Kingdom was challenged to control grassweeds through spring cropping and the use of cover crops on heavy wet soils.  Amazing results were found in the first two years ut