I read this aritcle the in the John Deere Journal and had to share it!!!
John Deere’s online news site asked employees to share stories about their company pride. Responses poured in from around the world.
First-genereation Deere employee’s big display of love
Kevin Klindbeil studies his girlfriend’s face from the back seat of a neighbor’s small airplane, flying high above the Iowa countryside. Klingbeil is watching her every move, as the planes flies’ right over the surprise of her life. Carved into 70 acres of cropland below on Klingbeil’s family farm in Wallingford, Iowa in letters 475 feet tall, is the question. “Will you marry me?” “You could not miss it,” says Klingbeil, a product engineer at John Deere Intelligent Solution Group in Urbandale, Iowa. “She said, ‘Is this real? Is this actually for me?” Yes, the big display of love was indeed real, both for Christa Clayton and for John Deere.
Even though Klingbeil is the first person in his family to work at Deere, he grew up in a family that’s been farming for generations and runs a lot of green equipment. “John Deere’s been a part of my life forever, “ he says.
When Klingbeil was thinking of how to propose to Clayton, he decided to use John Deere technology to design the text, which his family tilled into the land using his father’s John Deere 9400 Tractor and a John Deere 726 Mulch Finisher.
He used Deere Apex farm management software to design the letting. Guidance was provided with a StarFire 3000 receiver using SF2 correction and then fed to a GreenStar2 2600 display and an ATU200 for Auto Trac guidance.
Klingbeil got Christa in the airplane by telling her they were going to check out crops. She says she was shocked to see the proposal from the airplane. And yes, she accepted Kevins’s proposal. “I think John Deere will be part of our lives for a long while,” Clayton says, “and in the lives of our kids someday.”
As I read through The Furrow Magazine, I came across an interesting article I though would be fun to share. As a guest blogger I would like to introduce Tom Smude, a local Minnesota Farmer. From the start, Tom Smude needed to distingush his sunflower cooking oil from the commodity market. Tom made the distinction, the oil had to emaphaize every positive atttribute in the book. The difference begins in the field by growing sunflower varities high in oleci acid. High oleic sun flower produce seeds low in satruated and high in monosaturated fats. That difference appeals to health-minded cooks. As a kicker, such sunflowers produce oil higher vitamin E than standard varities. A second distinction is cold pressing the seed to extract the oil. Temperatures at the press are monitored to make sure they stay near 100 dgrees Fahrenheit. Any spike in the temperature and the presses shut down “When most cooking oil is made it’s pressed under high temperatures and further refined for clarity and a chemcal process, Tom explained “To keep as much of the natural flavor and value of the oil we settled on a cold-press process.” The oil plant went in during the summmer of 2009 and included storage, hauling machinery, presses, filter and all the peripheral equipment such as tanks, elevators, and bottling room. USDA ecomonic development grants are assisting with the marketing side of business, which began simpy enough by taking oil out to farmers markets and showing it to anyone who’d take a look. “The first farmers market was a little slow but we sold a few bottles,” he said. “But the next time, people came back and told us how great the oil was and bought more.” Larger venues are now taking interest. A recent presentation resulted in orders for major supermarket chains. The product line has grown to include seasoned cooking oil such as oregano, basil, and garlic. Oil is packaged in everything from eight-ounce bottles to 250-gallon totes. Plus, the pressed byproduct makes a livestock feed that’s sought by the local dairy business. Even the sunflower hulls shelled from the seeds early in the process are used for livestock bedding. The sunflower got started at the Smude farm for one simple reason. A dry growing season had Smude considering crops that might fare better in a drought than soybeans. “Sunflowers seemed to fit the situation pretty well,” he said ”With their lower input costs and abilty to yield well, snflowers were a crop we felt we could grow here on our farm.” Sumde leveraged years of buiness experience working with the family implement dealership and considered what to do with sunflower before the first seed went into the ground. An oil yeild of 70 gallons per acre is reasonable depending on variety and growing conditions. At first, Smude condsidered turning the sunflower into biodiesel. Diesel and fuel prices had gone up at the same time as we were hit with the dry weather, Smude explained. “If you could grow your own fuel, I thought maybe that would be an option.” Not so much it turned out. But in the proscess of looking into biofuels and oil presses, Smude also learned a lot about sunflower cooking oil. When the Smude family gathered in his mom’s “test kitchen” the idea for pressing food-grade oil surfaced. Smude sunflower oil has now made it to markets located on both coasts and is availabe in food co-ops and stores in Minnestoa and Wisconsin. The oil is even finding it’s way into more types of products including a line of scented massage oil and lip balm. For more great info or even purchasing the the product, check the website at: http://smudeoil.com/
by Sevie Kenyon
New! Now you can add WeGotGreen John Deere icon to your phone. Quickly and easily access our mobile website where ever and whenever you like. No more wasted time waiting in the dental office. Click our WGG icon to see new items added to our site, find out what’s on sale, and shop for upcoming birthdays and holidays.
This new mobile-friendly feature is really good for people who frequently visit our website. It saves time by not having to search. The icon is readily available on your phone or device home screen. The icon is perfect for smart phones and mobile devices and works on iPhones, iPads, and Androids. Simply follow these instructions to install the icon on your phone and access our mobile site anytime or anywhere!
Directions for Installing WGG Icon on Apple (iPhone or iPad):
Using Safari, navigate to the WeGotGreen.com website. Using your touch screen, tap the “+” button located toward the bottom of the screen.
Now, touch “Add to Home Screen”. Next, give it the short name like “WGG” or “JD Green” (what you name it will be on your home screen). Last, touch the Add button in the upper-right of your screen.
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Directions for Installing WGG Icon on Android:
Navigate to the WeGotGreen.com website, and touch the “Menu” button and select Bookmarks. Now, select “Add”
Now touch and old on the Icon you just created and touch “Add Shortcut to Home” You now have the WGG icon added to your home screen!
Hello to all “We Got Green” Blog readers! I want to give a special thanks to Hollee for allowing me to share this with you and thanks to each of you for reading, I hope you enjoy.
First I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sara and I am a marketing representative with John Deere. I started with the company in June 2012 following my graduation from Texas A&M University. I grew up in a small town in west Texas on a cotton farm. Currently I live in Des Moines, Iowa and am in the Marketing Representative Development Program. This program is a one-year training program for college graduates and is targeted to give the individual real hands-on learning experience about John Deere.
During the week of March 11-15, I had the opportunity to spend time traveling and getting to know employees at Midwest Machinery Co. I traveled to four different Midwest locations—St. Cloud, Stewart, Glencoe and Howard Lake. Between these locations I visited with five members of the management team. I met with Ron Reitmeier, Corporate Parts Manager; Ben Swenson, General Manager; Brian Weber, Corporate Sales Manager; Andrew Swenson, Corporate Sales Manager; and Ty Erickson, ISG Manager.
In addition to visiting with the management team, I also spent time with Deanna Hanson, Rod Girodat, and Gene Vanselow. Deanna and I visited about centralized warranty and her responsibilities as service manager. Rod and Gene are both parts managers, and they helped me understand how the parts side of the business operates. I spent most of my time with Gene, who led me through the life of parts employees and the life of a parts manager. One day I put parts away, picked parts, worked with barcoding, and put away daily stock orders. Another day I reviewed stock orders, metrics, entering the daily stock order and managing employees.
Finally on my last day with the dealership, I worked with Hollee on WeGotGreen.com. We visited about the business and which processes she goes through to get customers’ orders out in a timely and efficient manner. I helped her pull and pack orders, which during busy season, can be quite the job! Over all the week was a great experience for me as a John Deere employee.
I want to thank everyone who is connected to MMC and that I had a chance to meet over the week. I can’t wait to meet you all again in the future!
…….We got a deal for you, John Deere just came out with a utility tote that is similar to the thirty-one gifts bags. Pictured with the tote being used for horse tach. Also could be used as a great bag for the garden. The tote is approximately 14″ long, 13″ high and 8″ wide. Also a very durable fabric!
Old Irish Blessing
May the blessing of light,
Be with you always,
Light without and light within,
And may the sun shine
Upon you and warm your heart
Until it glows
Like a great fire
So that others may feel
The warmth of your love
For one another.
Out with winter! Lets get rid of this winter stuff to make room for the NEW spring/summer clothes coming in! Just maked down again, Hoodies and Stocking Hats! Great prices to stock up for next winter!
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600-denier nylon with sturdy nylon trim
Mesh bottom allows debris to fall through
29” high x 20” wide x 6” deep with 7” opening
Made of durable 600-denier nylon with sturdy nylon webbing trim and a heavy-duty mesh bottom that allows dirt to fall through. Green and yellow colors with John Deere logo.
This over-sized bag measures 29” high x 20” wide x 6” deep. The reinforced opening is over 7” in diameter. Folds flat for easy storage.
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