Case IH and Great Plains Division of Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc., jointly announced the creation of a supply agreement Monday. Under the agreement, Great Plains will supply Case IH with twin row planters to be sold through Case IH dealerships under the Case IH brand beginning in 2013.
“This agreement allows Case IH to expand our offering while continuing to support and expand our existing Early Riser planter lineup, which is recognized throughout the industry for delivering better stands, more uniform emergence and accurate populations,” says Bill Preller, senior director, Case IH Specialty Business. “Case IH is pleased to partner with Great Plains, a leader in twin row technology.”
With this agreement, Case IH dealers will have the opportunity to serve a market projected to expand in the coming years.
Twin row cropping is growing in popularity in some regions of the United States. Growers seeking to increase plant population in row crops without changing their overall system to narrow rows are looking at twin row. The concept involves staggering seed in two rows, 7 or 8 in. apart on 30-in. centers. Therefore, a corn head set for 30-in. rows can harvest twin rows at the same time. The technology can also be used on soybeans, cotton, milo and sunflowers.
“Great Plains has been at the forefront in design and manufacturing of twin row planters,” says Linda Salem, chief operating officer, Great Plains Manufacturing. “Through this agreement, Case IH will be able to make a strong entry in the fast-growing market. We see our relationship with Case IH as a good opportunity to partner with a leader, leverage our investment in twin row technology and expand our distribution.”