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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
Developed specifically for the Delta region, but with nationwide appeal, Great Plains has released a new 30-foot stack-fold planter with individual hoppers. The simple, yet rugged, 3P3025AH Planter was designed in response to the popularity of its 40-foot predecessor.
“The 3P3025AH offers growers a unique variety of row spacings that are less common in the stack-fold planter marketplace today,” said Mike Cleveland, Great Plains Vice President of Sales. These include 15-inch single- and twin-row configurations, as well as 20-, 22-, 30-, 36-, and 38-inch single-row designs.
To accommodate the needs of today’s large acreage farmers, Great Plains is expanding its line of heavy-duty chisel plows with a new Ultra-Chisel™ model. Ranging from 39 to 45 feet wide, the new five-section Ultra-Chisel offers wider working widths than the original models, which were released in 2015.
“We are proud to introduce the five-section Ultra-Chisels in 2016, which offer a wide working width in the field, along with narrow road transport,” said Great Plains Vice President of Sales Mike Cleveland.
Great Plains introduces a new line of Rotary Cutters, delivering effective grounds-maintenance solutions to ag producers of all sizes.
Whether it’s a narrowly-spaced tree grove, gently-sloped ground near a pond or stream, or wide-open pasture, the diverse Rotary Cutter line is equipped to tackle everything from standing residue in row-crop fields to weeds and brush in overrun pastures.
Sold through authorized Great Plains dealers, the new line of two- and three-blade, multi-spindle cutters includes both rigid and folding models. Working widths span eight to 20 feet.
For smaller seeding tasks that don’t require a full-on no-till drill, Great Plains has introduced the simple, economical No-Till Seeder.
Offered in 7-, 9-, and 11-foot widths, the NTS25 Series Seeder makes quick work of renovating pastures, reclaiming rights-of-way, and planting food plots. With productivity of up to 11 feet, it also offers a heavy-duty seeding solution for small seeding contractors.
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.
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.