Great Plains isn’t buying into all the talk about a downturn in equipment sales, and the implement company is introducing four new products this year to show it. The products, two of which are new equipment categories for the company, were unveiled last week at a media preview in the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City. Dealers got their first look at them, too.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the ag world now, and people do ask us how we’re doing,” says Linda Salem, president of Great Plains Equipment, citing factors such as international competition, a predicted softening in machinery sales, and OEM pressure on dealers to carry only one brand of equipment.
“I’m pleased and somewhat amazed to say that, despite all of those challenges, our first six months have been a record six months for the Great Plains division. We also know that In order for that [growth] to continue, we have to keep delivering great innovate products. And that is the part of the bargain we are going to keep up.”
Here’s a quick list of the products, which we will dissect for you now. For more information, visit www.greatplainsag.com .
Nutri-Pro 3000-12C30 high-speed anhydrous applicator
“Short Disk” European-style disk
7000 Series Disk Harrow
Ultra-Chisel chisel plow
1. Nutri-Pro P3000-12C30 high-speed anhydrous applicator
This is a totally new product category for Great Plains, which gives you another way to apply fertilizer. It uses a 22-in. coulter to apply anhydrous ammonia, rather than a conventional shank. It’s called “high-speed” because you can pull the machine at speeds up to 8 mph, letting you get over a lot of acres relatively quickly.
This 12C30 model can be paired up with RTK guidance, so you can get a much more targeted application—within an inch or less of where it needs to be. Because the application of fertilizer is more targeted, you can apply less of it, in some cases half of what you’d normally apply. More targeted application also can rack up a lot higher yields, some studies have shown.
Another benefit of using a high-speed coulter instead of shank is that it doesn’t disturb the ground as much, so you can apply it up to a month before spring planting, when the seed is going to need it, rather than doing it the fall before, when the fertilizer can leach out over the winter. Fertilizer is less likely to run off then, too, which is good for our rivers.
Bottom line with this machine is that it lets you determine exactly when and where you apply fertilizer and in what amount.
2. Nutri-Pro 3000: Coulter blade
The 22-in. coulter blade is only ¼-in. thick so it can slice through the ground without causing a lot of ground disturbance compared to if you were using a rigid shank to apply the fertilizer. As a result, you can apply fertilizer closer to planting time because you’re not tearing up the ground and damaging the seed bed. The 15-in. spider closing wheels in back seal up the ground before gas can escape.
3. European-styled Short Disk
This is another new category of tillage equipment that Great Plains entered this year. The Short Disk is a high-speed primary tillage tool whose concept is borrowed from Europe. It features parallel gangs, making the tool short, more maneuverable, faster to pull, and easier to turn. This is an important feature in Europe, where fields are smaller and more uneven. Great Plains carries over the same concept in its 26’ and 30’ Short Disks but added some ruggedness to the blades to fit the demands of North American terrain.
4. Short Disk: Pre-loaded tapered bearings
Maintenance-free Peer TillXtreme bearings are used on the gangs and rolling attachments.
5. Short Disk: Consolidation wheels
These consolidation wheels consolidate the ground just below the surface to leave a fine finish on top. The rollers are hydraulically adjustable so you can increase or decrease depth from the tractor cab.
6. 7000 Series Disk Harrow
Great Plains says it continues to see strong demand for the traditional disk harrow and has come out with a new and improved series to meet the needs of those customers. The company says it put this new series, the 7000 Series, through several seasons of intense field testing to ensure it stands up to tough corn stalks and higher volumes of crop residue.
7. 7000 Series Disk Harrow
As you can see in this overhead shot, the new 7000 Series Disk Harrow keeps the same double offset gang configuration as its predecessor, which the company says is the most effective method to mechanically kill weeds and level ruts.
8. 7000 Series Disk Harrow: Hydraulics
The hydraulics package was beefed up on the large-wing models to power the front gauge wheels.
9. 7000 Disk Harrow: Zerkless bearings
These cutaways show you the guts of these Peer TillXtreme maintenace-free bearings. The Peer TillXtreme Pillow Block Bearings are used in the disk gangs. The smaller TillXtreme bearings are found in the rolling attachments. The same bearings are used on the Ultra Chisel chisel plow.
10. Ultra Chisel chisel plow
Great Plains says its new Ultra-Chisel redefines the category of chisel plows in that it has the fracturing power of a chisel but also the residue-slicing and sizing capabilities of a vertical tillage tool. You have two choices in shanks: a 7-in. vertical winged point for that nice vertical cut, or 12- or 16-in. sweeps to get the weeds.
11. Ultra Chisel shank configuration
You can order either 9- or 12-in. shank spacing. The shanks are spring-loaded with 900 lbs. of trip force and 30-in. underframe clearance. The tines behind the shanks can be adjusted to control the trash flow.