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Field test: Great Plains 2015 equipment at work

It has been two months since Great Plains gave us a preview of its new equipment lineup for 2015. Now you get to see it in action.

The company has just revamped its website and loaded it up with videos taken of its newest pieces of equipment, including the four launched for 2015. Here are clips taken from the field, along with our notes of what to look for when viewing.

Nutri-Pro P3000-12C30 high-speed anhydrous applicator

The Nutri-Pro P3000-12C30 is Great Plains’ first entry in the high-speed fertilizer market. As you can see in the video, it is using 22-in. coulters in place of conventional shanks to cut through the ground and apply fertilizer at speeds up to 8 mph. The disks are thin to minimize ground disturbance.

Short disk

This is another new category of equipment for Great Plains. The Short Disk is a high-speed primary tillage tool whose concept is borrowed from Europe. Parallel gangs make the tool short, more maneuverable, faster to pull, and easier to turn than a conventional sized disk.

7000 Series Disk Harrow

Great Plains put this new and improved series of disk harrows through several seasons of intense field testing to ensure they have a product that can stand up to the tougher corn stalks and higher volumes of crop residue.  It keeps the same double offset gang configuration as its predecessor, which the company says is the most effective method to mechanically kill weeds and re-level ruts. Hydraulic gauge wheels on the outside wings on the larger models keep the gangs even and working at the right depth. 

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 a nice vertical cut, or 12- or 16-in. sweeps to get the weeds.  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.

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