To show off new products and its new in-house conference center, Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., held its 2012 national dealer meeting at its corporate headquarters in Salina, Kan.
"Just as we do with our products, we’re constantly updating our factories and facilities," explains Roy Applequist, who founded the company in 1976 and serves as president today.
Completed at the beginning of 2012, the conference center, a 12,000-sq.-ft. addition to the corporate facilities, is wired with the latest audiovisual equipment for educational purposes.
The company is also adding 60,000 sq. feet. to its manufacturing footprint in Salina, which will include more space for large-product assembly and a completely new paint line.
With more than 315 dealers and 70 international visitors at the meeting, the company invited small groups to come through in waves to see its latest technology and products.
Known for its grain drill lineup, Great Plains introduced its largest drill yet—the 3S-5000, which spans 50'. The seed boxes hold 3.2 bu. per foot, which totals 149 bu. of seed carrying capacity. The new machine can plant up to 30 acres an hour. The boxes can also be split for dry fertilizer application at planting. The 3S-5000 folds to a 15' width for transport, and is available in 6", 7.5" and 10" row spacings.
Tillage tools. Since introducing the Turbo-Max last year, the company has designed more models, including a three-section 35' model and a five-section 40' model. The Turbo-Max requires 10 hp per foot. For enhanced residue sizing, the machine features two coulter gangs with a 7.5" spacing between each Turbo Coulter blade, and the rear gangs offset the front gangs, splitting the blade spacing to 3¾". The gang angles can be hydraulically adjusted from the cab by 0° to 6°. In the spring, the gangs can be straightened for one-pass seedbed preparation. For finishing, the Turbo-Max has a rolling harrow and reel combination at the rear to loosen soil, level the field and break up clods.
Planters. Great Plains expands its Yield-Pro line with the YP-825R "Lift and Rotate" planter. This eight-row machine can be outfitted for 30", 22" and twin rows and features 25 Series row units and Air-Pro meters. The positive air meter system runs off a 6" fan that has a ported return for
the hydraulics system, allowing the planter to be paired with older tractor models that are not outfitted with case drains and motor returns.
The seed boxes each have a capacity of 1.6 bu. The YP-825R has a common monitor harness for a standard planter monitor or an optional AI-120 virtual terminal. The planter tongue is adjustable for transport and making tight end-row turns.
For more information, visit www.greatplainsmfg.com.