SALINA, Kan. — Farmers can switch from single- to twin-row planting in under an hour with the Great Plains PL5200 planter.
“We’re really known as the twin-row planter folks,” said Rye DeGarmo, Great Plains vice president of engineering.
The PL5200 joins the Great Plains PL-Series of planters that include the PL5500, PL5700 and PL5800.
“This is an exciting planter to see running in the field,” said Chris Coleman, Great Plains engineering manager. “If you need the row unit to stay in place when you put it in the ground on narrow beds, our newest release, the PL5200, will do that.”
The stack-fold planter is a 12-row system.
“It has 36-, 38- and 40-inch single- and twin-row capability,” Coleman said.
Farmers can choose from a 50-bushel bulk hopper or individual row hoppers.
“The planter has ground, hydraulic and electric drive options,” Coleman said. “And it features the 5000 Series Air-Pro Meter,” which can handle a wide variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, sunflowers, milo, canola and hemp.
The Air-Pro Meter is designed to provide excellent singulation and accuracy using a positive-air system that drops the seed into a Clear-Shot Seed Tube that results in uniform spacing.
Great Plains also released a new entry-level 7-inch ISO monitor.
“It has all the normal features that a farmer is use to for precision ag,” Coleman said.
“It also has remote monitoring,” Coleman said. “I can use my iPhone and walk to the back of the planter and do a seed calibration.”
“The PL5500 front-fold planter transports at 9 feet, 9 inches wide, so you can get down the road,” DeGarmo said. “It requires from 115 to 130 horsepower and it features the Air-Pro Meter with electric, hydraulic or ground drive, so there is a lot of variability in this planter.”
The PL5700 is a front fold planter.
“It features a 12- or 16-row 30-inch configuration,” Coleman said. “You have the option of 3-bushel individual hoppers or two 50-bushel hoppers, as well as up to 600 gallons of fertilizer.”
Farmers have options for attachments on the PL5700 planter.
“You can choose row unit-mounted coulters or frame-mounted coulters and ground, electric or hydraulic drives,” Coleman said.
“Our PL5800 is a big capacity planter that is available in 15-inch up to twin row 36-inch,” DeGarmo said. “It has the 5000 Series Air-Pro Meter with individual row control, so you can control individual rows and make your turns at the headlands. There are electric, hydraulic or ground-drive options, depending on the needs of your farm.”
Great Plains is providing a two-year warranty for all of their products.
Starting during the fall and continuing into spring, Great Plains plans to expand the demonstration of their products by taking products to farms. This will provide farmers the opportunity to see how the new products work in their fields.
For more information about the Great Plains PL-Series planters, go to www.greatplainsag.com.