Great Plains continues to expand its highly-successful PL-Series family of planters. Launched in 2018, the PL-Series planters were developed to provide accurate and consistent seed singulation, spacing, depth control, soil contact, and trench closing – all leading to even emergence and increased crop yields for producers. Models in the PL-Series include the PL5500, PL5700, PL5800, and most recently, the PL5200.
At the heart of the PL-Series planters is the 5000 Series Row Unit, which allows producers to achieve exceptional crop stands and higher yields. The 5000 Series Air-Pro® Meter provides excellent singulation and accuracy using a positive-air system that “dead drops” seed into the patented Clear-Shot® Seed Tube to achieve uniform spacing. This process differs from competitive vacuum meters that encounter an “early” and “late” release, resulting in inconsistent and uneven seed spacing. The Air-Pro Meter is designed to handle a wide variety of crops, such as corn, soybeans, sunflowers, cotton, and even smaller seeds, such as milo, canola, and hemp.
The newest addition to the PL-Series is the PL5200, a 40' mounted stack-fold planter. The PL5200 can accommodate a wide variety of crops in single- and twin-row planting with exclusive features that enable operators to switch between row spacings in under an hour. James Shurts, Great Plains Product Manager, said, “The PL5200 delivers a needed bulk-fill, stack-fold solution with Great Plains twin-row capabilities, along with other key practical technologies. Additionally, the ability to change from twin-row to single-row in under an hour adds a level of versatility not found in today’s stack-fold market.”
To help producers efficiently cover more acres in a day, the PL5200 is available in both large-capacity bulk-fill hoppers or individual row hoppers. Producers can choose from a traditional 3-section mechanical ground drive, a 3-section variable rate-ready hydraulic drive, or electric individual row control (IRC) drive.
The PL5200 is a highly accurate seeding solution with practical technology to make quick, efficient work of planting. With a clean frame design, producers can quickly transition with high visibility and maneuverability for a safe, comfortable experience in the field and on the road.