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U.S. Domestic News

The following are news articles of interest to our U.S. Domestic customers, listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Enjoy!

In an effort to provide producers more tillage solutions, Great Plains has recently introduced a new 22ˈ model to the existing Ultra-Disk product line. Previously offered in 26ˈ, 30ˈ, and 33ˈ models, the Ultra-Disk is designed to slice through high-residue field conditions at higher operating speeds than conventional disks.

Great Plains Mfg. continues to offer innovative solutions to help producers, including additional features to the newly-released BD7600 box drill. The BD7600 was released in early 2020 at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. New in 2021, Great Plains is now offering the BD7600 with a hydraulic drive option for the split-box configurations, giving producers full on-the-go variable-rate capabilities.

Great Plains is continuing to expand its hybrid tillage lineup, offering a new solution for producers called the Qualidisc. The Qualidisc is a versatile, high-speed disk that can be used for both fall and spring applications. James Shurts, Great Plains Product Manager, said, “The Qualidisc is a flexible hybrid tillage tool that provides sizing and weed control in the fall, then can be used to incorporate residue and level the seedbed in the spring – especially after wintering stalks.”

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.

Great Plains has recently developed a new solution in its hybrid tillage line-up – the Terra-Max. Great Plains defines hybrid tillage as a tillage system that uses a blend of vertical and conventional tillage methods or tools that allow for an aggressive field pass at faster operating speeds. Named “Terra”, meaning “Earth,” the Terra-Max is a versatile soil management solution that can be used as primary and secondary tillage to address a wide variety of needs from killing weeds and sizing residue to preparing a perfect seedbed.

The Great Plains box drill legacy continues with a new line of min-till folding box drills, the BD7600 Series. The new drills are offered in two-section and three-section models in sizes ranging from 26' to 40'. Chris Coleman, Great Plains Engineering Manager, says, “The BD7600 is an exciting development for the product line that launched the Great Plains story with its original 30-foot folding full press drill over 40 years ago.

For producers who are looking for top-of-the-line planter accuracy but want to get back to the basics, Great Plains has developed the new PL5700 front-fold planters. “The new PL5700 has been purposefully-developed for 30" rows, which will provide more opportunities for us to reach the corn belt,” says Rye DeGarmo, Vice President of Great Plains Engineering.

Now available in smaller sizes, the Great Plains 7000 Series Disk Harrow delivers reliable, quality conventional tillage in a highly competitive disk harrow market. With new 10', 12', and 15' working widths, sizes are available up to 36' to fit a variety of operations.

Great Plains has developed a hybrid tillage solution called the Velocity. The Velocity combines some of the positive aspects of vertical tillage, while maintaining similar features of a conventional disk, resulting in a new classification in the Great Plains product line called hybrid tillage.

For tillage producers who are looking for new ways to maximize efficiency and make data-driven decisions about their fields, Great Plains has released a new technology called Implement Command™. Available on new 18' to 35' Turbo-Maxes, Implement Command allows producers to make active decisions and on-the-go, real-time field adjustments to improve yields and soil health. For user comfort and convenience, this system allows producers to set, adjust, and monitor the performance of their Turbo-Max right from the tractor cab.

With recent federal regulations in the United States recognizing industrial hemp as an agricultural product, farmers have gained considerable interest in the crop. For hemp growers, the cost of seed is a large expense and seeds must be planted under optimum agronomic conditions. Great Plains has developed specially-designed hemp seed discs for its PL Series and Yield-Pro® Planters to achieve precise seed placement and help meet the needs of today’s industrial hemp growers.

Great Plains customers know and appreciate the reputation for high-quality and innovative products. Great Plains has partnered with Kverneland to offer U.S. farmers one of the world’s most robust and reliable plow lines. Great Plains introduced the Kverneland plow lineup at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.

Great Plains is pleased to offer the Exacta TL GEOspread 3900 by Kverneland through its network of U.S. dealers. The Exacta TL GEOspread 3900 fertilizer spreader provides quick, accurate section control through a center-flow spreading system. Great Plains debuted the spreader at its 2018 National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.

Great Plains is pleased to introduce the PL5500—an 8-row planter that transports under 10' wide and easily fits in tight spaces. With its simple, wing-fold design, the PL5500 is perfect for farmers who need a planter that is compact during transport. Great Plains debuted the PL5500 at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.

Great Plains is pleased to introduce a planter designed with operator experience and profitability in mind—the PL5800. The PL5800 provides farmers with precise planting and excellent seed-to-soil contact for uniform emergence. Great Plains debuted the PL5800 at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.

For growers who require an implement capable of handling a large amount of acreage, Great Plains has released a new air drill cart, the ADC2352. The air drill cart features two, 175-bushel tanks, for a total seeding capacity of 350 bushel. For maximum efficiency, the two tanks can be run simultaneously or independently, allowing producers to accurately meter and apply a wide range of seeds and dry products.

To meet peanut producers’ needs for an accurate and versatile planter, Great Plains has developed a planter optimized for peanut planting that will be released in Fall 2018. The new Peanut Planter (YP625A3PP) offers peanut producers specialized peanut discs designed to accurately meter all sizes of peanut varieties, while also having multiple seed discs that are easily changed to plant other crops, such as corn or soybeans.

Great Plains Manufacturing–Ag Division announced that it will now serve as the distributor for select Kverneland Group (KVG) products in the United States, specifically Kverneland tillage equipment, Vicon disc spreaders, and all parts support for any seeding and tillage products previously sold. For over 40 years, Great Plains has been recognized as an industry-leading manufacturer of tillage, seeding, and nutrient application equipment, while providing dealers and customers with dedicated parts, service and product support.

Great Plains introduces the exclusive Ultra-Disk™, a fresh tillage solution that will allow farmers to slice through high-residue field conditions at higher operating speeds than conventional disks. The Ultra-Disk is equipped with 24-inch blades and higher clearance between gangs, along with shorter front-to-rear gang spreads to maintain consistent depth across the entire width of the machine. Great Plains debuted the Ultra-Disk at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.

Following the tradition of providing excellent dealer and customer support, the Great Plains Ag Division has restructured the sales regions to better serve its dealer network and its customers. Effective immediately, Great Plains has increased the number of sales regions from two to four regions. The plan for restructuring includes an expansion of regional sales managers, product specialists, and inside sales support. Dan Bratt, former National Sales Manager, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales.

Blake Bergkamp

Great Plains Manufacturing is pleased to welcome Blake Bergkamp as the Sales Agronomist for the Ag Division. Bergkamp grew up near Pretty Prairie, Kansas, and later attended Kansas State University where he received a degree in Agricultural Economics. In 2017, Bergkamp earned his MS degree in Agronomy, also from Kansas State.

Great Plains Seed Disc Offers Precise Canola Singulation

With the popularity of canola on the rise across the United States, Great Plains is bringing singulation and spacing accuracy to producers seeding canola. A specially designed canola seed disc delivers singulation and precise placement of costly canola seed, in contrast to broadcast seeding methods. The canola disc is part of an extensive list of Air-Pro® Meter Discs for seeding corn, soybeans, milo, sunflowers, cotton, wheat, and sugar beets.

Great Plains Enhances Award-Winning Anhydrous Coulter

Great Plains has reintroduced its award-winning high-speed anhydrous coulter with several improvements to enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and versatility of the Nutri-Pro® precision nutrient application line.

Released in 2014, the revolutionary anhydrous coulter earned a 2015 AE50 Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, but Great Plains engineers remained dedicated to making this good product even better.

The newly-released coulter includes:

Great Plains Delivers Tillage and Seeding in One New Tool

High Plains wheat farmers who conventionally till large acreages will appreciate the time and cost savings offered by the new Field Cultivator Air Drill from Great Plains.

The unique machine combines a Great Plains Field Cultivator with Great Plains 00 Series Drill Openers, allowing operators to till soil and drill seed at the same time. The Field Cultivator Air Drill’s high productivity means less time in the field and lower input costs for farmers.

Great Plains Expands Vertical Tillage Line with New Turbo-Max® Models

Five years after introducing Turbo-Max® to the vertical tillage market, Great Plains is expanding the industry-leading product line to accommodate a wider range of farming operations.

With the release of the smaller 8½- and 10-foot Turbo-Max models for lower horsepower tractors and a 48-foot Turbo-Max for larger tractors, more farmers will have access to the benefits of true vertical tillage, which translates to improved water infiltration, root development, and nutrient uptake.