New Technologies in a New Hall

SALINA, KS – Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., moves to Hall 5 at Agritechnica in 2019. The move places Great Plains’ stand beside parent company, Kubota, and sister company, Kverneland. The stand will once again demonstrate the company’s versatility with row crop planters, cereal drills, and tillage tools being present.

An 8-row PL5500 planter that folds to 3m for transport and a 12-meter PL5800 planter represent Great Plains’ new planter series. The PL planters feature an all-new 5000 Series Row Unit, including new Air-Pro® Meters, electric drive, shorter closing wheels, and customizable row units. The PL5800 on stand is equipped with narrow 35cm row spacing, electric drive, and the company’s AccuShot technology.

No-Till drilling with Great Plains’ zonal cultivation strategy will be represented by the 6-meter SpartanII 607 air drill and the 3P1006NT, a 3m box drill capable of seeding 3 different seeds at 3 different rates from 3 different boxes.

The three core products from Great Plains’ Vertical Tillage strategy are on stand by way of the inline Sub-Soiler for fracturing compaction layers deep in the soil, the ever-popular Turbo-Max® with its on-the-go adjustable gang angling and superb seedbed preparation, and the hybrid Max-Chisel that can break up deep compaction and manage residue.

The Turbo-Max on stand will be unique as it has a fully operable, interactive display of the company’s new Implement Command system. Users will be able to control the depth, gang angle, and hydraulic reel, and simulate hydraulic down pressure on the wings, as well as monitor other functions.

Two additional displays will showcase technological advancements coming soon to Great Plains products. The first is a display of four operating metering units—featuring a new feeder cup that will be at the heart of a new line of box drills the company will debut in 2020. This is an exciting development for the product line that launched the Great Plains story over 40 years ago.

The final display is a sneak peek at TrueView technology from Great Plains. The technology, which will initially be available on Turbo-Max tillage implements, allows farmers to capture extraordinary data while doing routine fieldwork. The soil mapping technology employs sensors that measure electrical conductivity (soil type), organic matter, moisture, and temperature. By defining the variability and conditions in soil types with greater accuracy, farmers can find profitability through improved prescription maps.

About Great Plains
Founded in 1976, Great Plains Manufacturing employs over 1,400 people worldwide. It encompasses five divisions: Great Plains Ag, which manufactures seedbed preparation, nutrient application, and seed placement equipment, and other farm implements; Land Pride, which manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers, rototillers, rotary cutters, and dirt-working equipment; Great Plains International, which sells the company’s products worldwide; Great Plains Trucking, which operates a nationwide fleet of flatbed trucks; and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which finances the company’s products. Now a Kubota company, Great Plains Mfg., Inc., is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, USA.

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