Great Plains Shines at Tillage Live 2016

Demo of the Saxon drill at Tillage Live
Demo of the Saxon drill at Tillage Live

A gloriously warm and sunny day on Wednesday 14th September drew in the crowds to the Tillage-Live event, which is organised annually by the Agricultural Engineers Association and was held this year at Monks Kirby in Warwickshire.

Tillage-Live is a product demonstration event enabling arable farmers to see a range of cultivation, seedbed preparation, drilling and ploughing equipment from leading manufacturers put through their paces.

The Great Plains range was represented by 5-metre trailed and 3-metre mounted examples of the new X-Press VX short disc harrows, which were showcased alongside the 4-metre Saxon CDA 400 minimal disturbance drill and the 3-metre mounted no-till drill, the 3P1006NT.

The Saxon and the mounted X-Press both featured strongly in the commentary-supported public demonstration arena, where Great Plains Sales Director, David Holmes, explained the features and benefits of both machines to a large and appreciative audience.

All four Great Plains machines were kept busy throughout the day on the larger, dedicated Great Plains plot where many visitors were eager to take advantage of the opportunity for personal demonstrations and discussion.

Commenting on what was a highly successful day, David Holmes said: “We’ve had a very productive event and our demo area has been busy throughout the day. There’s been keen interest in all of the machines, which has been underlined by the quality of the enquiries we have taken. We expected to field a lot of enquiries for the Saxon and for the new X-Presses, but the 3P1006NT also proved to be very popular with an increasing number of farmers working smaller enterprises looking to explore the potential of no-till.

“Flexibility remains a top priority for many customers, so the ability of the X-Press, for example, with its wide range of specification options allowing it to work equally effectively on plough-based or reduced tillage systems and across varying soil types and conditions, proved to be of great interest. On the drills, people appreciated the benefit of having interchangeable cultivation discs between the Saxon and its sister drill, the Centurion, allowing a user to switch, quickly and easily, from minimal disturbance between the rows to full disturbance across the working width,” he added.