LAMMA 2017 sees Great Plains move from their usual outdoor stand to a new, indoor location in Hall 7 (Stand No. 727). The tillage and seeding equipment manufacturer will be exhibiting a selection of products which, as part of their design, incorporate features that can assist growers who are interested in adopting cultural methods of grass weed control or looking for ways of reducing their establishment costs.
Products on display will include an example from the recently launched Great Plains Saxon CDA drills range, which offers full or minimal disturbance within one drill package. The CDA line-up comprises the Saxon and Centurion CDA model ranges, both of which are available in 3-metre, 4-metre and 6-metre widths and in both grain only and grain and fertiliser variants.
The Saxon CDA incorporates Great Plains’ unique Turbo Coulter-based zonal cultivation and seeding system, which meets the need for minimal disturbance and for operation in high residue and cover crops – an ideal combination, says the manufacturer, for those looking to improve their grass weed management strategies. The Saxon can also operate in no-till systems where the soil structure allows.
The Saxon’s sister drill, the Centurion CDA, is the same in every respect apart from the cultivation elements. Instead of the Turbo Coulter system, the Centurion is equipped with conventional notched discs providing full width cultivation for reduced tillage or plough-based operations.
An added benefit is that the Saxon and Centurion cultivation elements are interchangeable. The Saxon’s Turbo-Coulters and sub-frame can be swapped out for the Centurion’s notched cultivation discs, and vice-versa, quickly and easily on farm. This feature effectively gives the operator two drills – capable of performing very different tasks – in one package, says Great Plains.
Representing the Great Plains tillage equipment range on the stand are a number of machines. These include trailed and mounted examples of the company’s new X-Press VX short disc cultivator range, the SLD one-pass primary cultivator, the Flatliner subsoiler, and from their range of presses, the CultiPress.
Across the X-Press VX and SLD ranges, the design emphasis is on flexibility, reducing the number of passes and, in some cases, the number or type of cultivation implements required.
Equipped for shallow cultivations, stubble cultivation, residue incorporation and the cultivation and levelling of ploughed land or vegetable ground, the X-Press VX short disc harrow is a versatile machine. It features two rows of discs with fully adjustable disc angling allowing the user to vary how aggressively the soil is worked, which, says Great Plains, is ideal for grass weed control where shallow full width disturbance is required. All X-Press VX models come with a choice of disc diameters to provide the required working depth and varying levels of trash incorporation. In addition, users can choose between SoilRazor and notched cultivation discs to suit various soil and residue conditions such as cover crops.
SoilRazors or notched discs and fully adjustable disc angling are also available on the SLD, which, as part of its disc-tine-disc configuration offers a choice of ProLift hydraulic reset tines capable of working down to depths of 300mm or Low Surface Disturbance (LD) tines.
All X-Press VX models are available with an optional manual or hydraulic levelling board to improve seedbed preparation – a useful feature to have, especially for those who favour plough-based operations. Mounted X-Press units are often specified with the ST Bar. This toolbar transforms the machine into a one-pass cultivator able to restructure the soil and take out compaction caused by harvest traffic, down to a depth of 250mms.
In addition, all Mounted X-Press and SLD models, together with selected models from the firm’s Flatliner range of subsoilers, are available with an optional small seed applicator and following harrow, ideally suited for oilseed rape and cover crop establishment.
An optional rear drawbar on SLD units facilitates the use of a press for additional consolidation and grass weed management.
Integrated ground consolidation across the full X-Press VX range is provided by a choice of rear rollers to suit different conditions and operating needs. SLD cultivators and Flatliner models are equipped as standard with the well-proven DD rear roller, which leaves a corrugated, weather-proof finish.
Designed to shatter deeply embedded compaction layers in order to promote healthy, unimpeded root growth, the Flatliner range, which offers a choice of hydraulic reset and shear bolt models, features a ‘V’ profile toolbar fitted with ProLift loosening tines capable of working down to depths of 350mm or 500mm depending on model selected.
For many growers who have to contend with heavier soils, the Great Plains CultiPress remains an essential piece of kit.
The CultiPress shatters clods, levels and consolidates in one pass. Cultivation at speed is provided by leading tines, either Pro-Active sprung tines or shear bolt protected rigid units. A cranked tine option is also available for shallower working. The hydraulic levelling board breaks up the clods and ensures a consistent levelling action across the full working width. Finally, two rows of intermeshing DD rings consolidate and level the seedbed, leaving a ridged weather-proof surface.
A key feature of the CultiPress is the patented arrangement that intermeshes the sprung leaves of the levelling board with the front row of DD rings to optimise clod shatter.