This week's Tip comes from our Alexander Location. Turf Technician - Jeff Fluker - has been with us for about 7 years, has an awesome wife and family and when he's not in the shop he's out fighting fires -Jeff's a local hero who serves as the Bethany Fire Chief. #LandProProTip #LandProHero
Like it or not, here in the North East snow is a reality. And after the mild Winter last year, a mild Winter this year is pretty unlikely. If you own a John Deere (or want to!) this is a great video to brush up on or learn how to remove your loader - and prepare to move some snow!
If you have any questions as always shoot us an e-mail and we'll answer your questions.
Have you ever heard the Paul Harvey speech called “So God Made a Farmer”? He first delivered it in 1978 at an FFA convention. It resurfaced in 1986 in his column and again years later on the internet, then during Superbowl XLVII in the form of a Dodge Truck Commercial. When a superbowl commercial can make you proud, make you cry and make you fall in love with a truck I think the advertisers should get a bonus.
I’m not sure what made me think of that speech this morning. I wondered if writing one of our first official LandPro Equipment blog posts and titling it “Thank God for Farmers” was wise in a world so quick to hold people to politically correct standards. But frankly, if we stopped taking God out of our schools, playgrounds, workplaces and sports arenas maybe the people in those buildings would be quicker to kindness and slower to violence.
So today, the day after Thanksgiving (HAPPY THANKSGIVING!) we’re thanking farmers, thanking God for farmers and hopefully making you smile a little at some of the things we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for farming.
1.) The Statue of Liberty - Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.
2.) Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream…. Did I mention cheese? The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year
3.) Wool Sweaters – Each sheep produces about 7.4 Pounds of wool per year.
4.) Crayons! Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons. Plus cornstarch gets the crayons out of the mold.
5.) Pasta - Last year, 1.3 million pounds of pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earth almost nine times!
6.) Beer! Hops! Enough said right? US is responsible for more that 28,000 Tons of hops grown. PS… Hops grow vertically up a line. This is a picture of one of our local Hops farms: R&D Janiga Enterprises.
7.) Jeans & T-Shirts – 17 US states grow 10 million acres of cotton that equals 14 million bales or 6.7 billion pounds of cotton... annually.
8.) Meat – Our farmers raise the meat we enjoy and grow the crops needed to feed them. Beef, Hogs and Chicken are primarily fed corn.
9.) JOBS! More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the total U.S. workforce) in employed in the agriculture industry.
10.) Family Values – 2.2 Million farms exist in America today. 97% of them are family run.
We thank you farmers for all that you do and all we have because of your hard work and dedication. Thank God for farmers…
Winterizing your Mower November 18th in the Northeast pretty much means old man winter is coming. It’s like when you know someone is hiding around the corner to scare you. The anticipation makes your heart race. This time of year does that to me. Leaves are all almost down and we’re putting away our “summer stuff”. You probably already did, didn’t you? #Overachievers
Either way according to the weather channel winter could be a reality by the end of the weekend and unless you have a snow blower attachment for your mower you’re probably ready to put it away. To help you get it done right we made you a quick video to show you the basics of winterizing your Mower.
We hope you like our first blog post and how to video!
Welcome to the first LandPro Equipment! What? A Blog?
A Blog! It occurred to us that you might enjoy hearing more about us, getting to know our team and getting tips and tricks on using and maintaining your equipment. We’re excited to interact with you more and if you have something you’d like us to blog about or have a question you want answered – you can e-mail us here! We have so much planned; cool how-to videos, interesting articles, equipment maintenance tips and FAQs and so much more, all coming your way every Friday. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed working on it.
So… More important than our first blog? Happy Veteran’s Day!
I’ve always heard those amazing stories about people in airports who buy a soldier dinner or pay their tab at a restaurant or bar or stand up and start an ovation when they see a group of veterans but I had never seen it. Until this weekend that is. I was standing in line for coffee with my little boy. We were off to the side waiting for our order when I noticed the woman that was behind me in line was blushing and thanking the woman behind her. The woman she thanked reached for her hand and said “God bless you and your family for all of your sacrifices. Thank you for your service to this country” and paid for her coffee. Typing that out leaves me with the same proud, humbled feeling I felt when I saw it happen. I was so glad my son witnessed a simple showing of gratitude and kindness. It inspired me to honor our Veterans more. It doesn’t take a grand effort. It took a cup of coffee… In fairness it was a Target Starbucks but that $5 over priced coffee taught me a lesson in stepping outside of my comfort zone and self-awareness to honor those who fought for the rights we enjoy today. I hope that I remember that feeling the next time I see a veteran and thank them because I think those simple acts of appreciation are what makes a difference.
To our Veterans, thank you for your service and your faith in this Country. We hope you will all join us at any of our stores for a cup of coffee so that we can shake your hand and extend our gratitude to you. Because we are so grateful for your sacrifice.