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Started as a grain drill company, Great Plains now offers planters, drills, sprayers, conventional tillage and vertical tillage equipment. Headquartered in Salina, KS, Great Plains products are sold across the United States through 2,000-plus independent dealers and are exported worldwide.

60-ft. planter

Great Plains introduces its 2425 Yield-Pro, a 60-ft. planter that has the ability to plant single rows in a choice of 15-, 20- or 30-in. spacing, as well as twin rows on 30-in. spacing. The planter also features a floating hitch design that provides the flexibility to meet challenging terrain, and it easily folds to a transport width of 14 ft. 10 in.

The new planter is equipped to handle two 82-bu. bulk poly hoppers or two bulk seed boxes. And like other Yield-Pro planters, the YP-2425 uses air to gently move the seed from the hopper to the singulating meters.

Add the optional pull hitch, rated to pull a 2,000-gal. fertilizer cart, to apply in-row or between-row fertilizer at planting. The row units can be equipped with a wide range of attachments, including no-till coulters and/or frame- or unit-mounted row cleaners.

The planter, available in four models, ranges in price from $125,900 to $163,000.

Grain drills

Great Plains 00 series heavy-duty grain drills feature all-new 00HD openers and rugged folding frames. The redesigned 00HD row unit combines precise seed placement with rugged dependability. The drills feature 15-in. planter blades for improved trash clearance and heavy-duty springs that provide up to 250 lbs. of penetration force per row. Opener discs are also 4 millimeters thick for maximum strength and longevity and are offset ½ in. to aid in soil penetration.

The units also feature cast blade separators that protect the planter seed tubes and keep the blades from pinching together when penetrating packed soil. The drills offer four different press wheel options tailored for specific soil types and conditions.

Available in planting widths of 26, 30 and 40 ft., the drills offer row spacings of 6, 7½ and 10 in. Seed capacity on all models is 3.24 bu./ft. Other standard features include T-handle seed depth adjustment, a four-speed sprocket box and separate center and wing box controls.

Prices range from $35,348 to $68,355, depending upon planting widths.


Great Plains offers new one-pass field tools with its 8000 series Disc-o-vator line. Comprised of seven models with working widths from 26 to 52 ft., the models offer increased strength and reliability, a new frame design and increased residue flow with a four-rank, five-row Max-Mix shank pattern.

The new models feature 24½ in. of under-frame clearance on all models. The improved shank spacing and an added rear bar have also improved the clearance around the tires and walking beam.

The Max-Mix pattern coupled with the coulter option in place of the standard disc gangs can level the ground at working speeds of 7 mph or more.

Available options also include a high-residue spike drag, a coil tine drag and a finishing reel in single or dual combinations. A single-point depth control allows the operator to quickly adjust the working depth as conditions change.

The seven models range in price from $34,186 to $76,979.

Disk harrows

Great Plains introduces its new line of 3000 and 4000 series disk harrows. The company offers six models, which range in cutting width from 23 to 36 ft. in 3-ft. increments.

The disk harrows also feature 6-guage disc blades with a 20° angle on the front gangs and an 18° angle on rear gangs, spring C-shank bearing standards and 23 in. of wing flex (14 in. up and 9 in. down). Service and reliability also receive top billing with features like 1-in. gang shafts capped with castle nuts on both ends for quick disassembly and blade or bearing replacement. Heavy-duty, rubber-encased bearings are also standard to ensure machine durability.

A full line of options is also offered, allowing growers to customize any model to their specific application and conditions. Some of the options include hydraulic fore and aft leveling, heavier 4-guage blades, furrow fillers and various attachments, including spike and tine harrows.

The 3000 series disk harrows range is price from $31,470 to 37,482. The 4000 series models start at $39,433 and go up to $43,197.

Verti-Till models

Great Plains offers two Verti-Till models that provide one-pass seedbed preparation in a wide variety of situations, including corn after corn.

The Verti-Till 4360 and 6360, which offer working widths of 12 and 18 ft., respectively, have the ability to reset soil density in a corn-on-corn rotation. Using a combination of coulters and chisels along with a Buster Bar and semi-mounted seedbed conditioner, the Verti-Till’s unique design maintains soil density, dislodges root crowns, buries residue and leaves the surface level enough to make one pass in the spring and plant.

The Turbo coulters feature 20-in. discs on an effective 7½-in. spacing followed by a set of parabolic shanks with 7-in. winged points on 36-in. spacing, which feature 3,000 lbs. of point load auto reset and 40 in. of under-frame clearance. While the winged points lift root crowns and fracture density changes, a set of chisel splitter shanks start the leveling process and ensure uniform fracture below the surface.

The Buster Bar continues to level and break clods while the semi-mounted seedbed conditioner finishes the process to leave a level surface. In addition, the company also offers independent depth control of coulters and deep shanks, as well as a pair of walking tandem wheels to maintain a constant working depth over varying field contours.

The 4360 model sells for $36,301, and the 6360 sells for $45,835.

Grain drills

A new line of 10 series heavy-duty grain drills from Great Plains feature up to 500 lbs. of down force per opener for proper penetration in even the most challenging conditions.

Each of the six different units in the 10 series lineup is built around the new 10HD opener, which combines precise seed placement with the brute strength to handle tough conditions. The drills feature a 15-in.-diameter, 4-millimeter-thick planter-style blade for improved trash clearance and penetration.

The new 10 series drills also offer the option of an opener-mounted coulter on all planting widths — including a 7½-in. spacing — for extra trash-handling capacity.

Opener discs are offset ½ in. to ensure proper trench formation and penetration in hard ground. Cast blade separators protect the seed tubes and provide disc stability in all conditions. The large-diameter blades, planter seed tubes and singulating meter make these row units accurate yet provide very narrow row spacing only available on drills. For a custom fit, growers have a choice of center rib, double V or double wedge press wheels and Singulator Plus or Precision Planting Finger Pickup meters.

Available in planting widths of 15, 20, 30 and 40 ft., the drills offer single-row spacings of 7½ and 10 in., as well as 15-in. twin rows. Bulk seed capacity is 2.4 bu./ft. on all models.

The drill units range in price from $25,320 up to $118,126.

40-ft. Stack Fold Planter

Great Plains introduces a 40-ft. Stack Fold Planter with the versatility of 10 different row-spacing configurations and the productivity of a bulk seed hopper. Growers have a choice of single-row spacings from 15 to 40 in., as well as twin-row configuration from 30 to 40 in.

The planter features the Yield-Pro capability of using a standard bulk seed container. The planter comes with an 82-bu. poly hopper as an alternative when high population crops are planted and require more capacity. Heavy-duty down-pressure springs provide up to 500 lbs./row to penetrate residue and packed soil. Hardened cast-iron blade separators and 4-millimeter offset blades aid in the penetration, accuracy and cutting ability of the planter.

All models stack fold to a transport width of 25 ft. The row markers also fold to within the transport width to allow safe road transport.

This planter is available in 10 different model configurations. Prices range from $73,560 to $103,560.
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