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Fox Valley Farm

Looking for the perfect piece of property can be a challenge, but it was meant to be when the Fox family stumbled across Fox Valley Farm. Jennifer and her family instantly fell in love and purchased their latest adventure transforming it from a nursery to an orchard and one-of-a-kind hopyard. 

96 percent of hops are grown on the Pacific coast within the tri-state area of, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, yet the Fox family is finding enormous success in being a part of the other four percent. Finding the right varieties for their Florida property has been an experiment. Each year they swap out those that do not perform well while keeping those that thrive. Hops growers from around the globe have visited their yard to learn more about their success and unique operation. 

Today Jennifer and her family utilize their Kubota equipment to grow, pick and process their hopyard as well as their fresh fruit orchard and local farmers market on their property. Their new Kubota RTV is the crucial sixth member of the family when transporting their harvested hops across the farm. We can’t wait to see how Fox Valley Farm and Hopyard continue to grow in their community and international shipments. 

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What began as limited personal experience in the agriculture business, Ron Simmons crafted  the idea to form Master Blend Family Farm and in 2012, started raising a small head of hogs to help bring food to his local North Carolina community. Their small operation has now doubled in size and is producing superior pork cuts to local business and farm-to-table shipments.   

Like many others, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ron’s community.  During this time he helped drive awareness to the local restaurants in which he supplies and those promotions sparked an entirely new idea of a food truck in which they provide samples.  

Ron has always prioritized educating those around him and continues to raise awareness regarding food deserts; areas in which it is difficult to source affordable good quality fresh foods. Being a local producer, entrepreneur, and educator Ron is teaching his community about healthy foods, growing fresh produce, and agriculture; as a result, Master Blend Family Farms is building a school to serve their community. Ron has had great mentors in his agricultural journey and wants to continue to pay it forward to others that are interested in learning more.

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Through the Lens of Jon Nakamura

In a world where we see dozens of photos in hours, what makes one stand out? This particular setting started on a bright sunny Torrance, California morning at Jon Nakamura’s family home where his friend, Armondo Castillo, and crew began demolition and excavation.

Jon started the day looking through the eye of the lens, ready to capture the cosmetic changes to his parent’s home, but also to give back to Armondo and his crew proving that even something as simple as a driveway is also a work of art. Jon and Armondo first started shooting together as a way to display Castillo Rock Concrete’s expert services, but as a photographer, Jon had to highlight the hard work that Armondo and his team give day in and day out with their Kubota equipment by their side.

Jon fully believes that life is too short to not live in the moment and it's important to be able to look back at photos and remember times of change and to have something to pass onto future generations. “I never want to pass on a bad photo, as that might be the last photo of that person.”

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Barnhome Living

No idea is too out of the box for the Hershberger family when they built their dream home five years ago. April and Andy purchased a 300-acre homestead project in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2008 that would take years of planning, pushing the boundaries of design. It took years for April’s vision to come to fruition, but they knew that a Kubota L3540 was a simple solution to maintaining their newly acquired land, because as April says, “You can’t own land without owning a tractor, we use ours almost daily.” 

7 years later they began building their dream home, a 165-year-old wooden Canadian barn that would be used to frame their home. Today you can see their home featured on April’s personal page @barnhomeliving where she lives her life in color featuring vibrant home décor and their barn home design. Catch April hopping in and out of her Kubota L3540 surrounding her unique home with colorful landscaping to Appalachian snow removal on their mile-long driveway. Kubota has helped make their house into a home with hard work and many personal touches along the way. 

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Abigail Frost

Abigail is the owner of Hanah Grace Gardens landscaping company in Point Roberts, Washington located just south of Vancouver, B.C., nestled on a peninsula surrounded by the ocean. After using Kubota equipment many years ago when first getting into the landscaping industry, Abigail came back to her Kubota roots with the purchase of a SZ19-36 when she needed an efficient machine to keep up with her growing business demand. Abigail maintains properties ranging from small cottages to large estates and many days she can see whales and orcas from her oceanfront office The Golden Rule leads her business and she aims to provide top-notch customer service to every client, not to mention the pride she takes in keeping machines looking their best each day. Since Point Roberts, WA is only accessible by land through Canada, border shutdowns across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic left many vacation homes in the area uninhabited and unkept. Abigail began taking on an influx of new clients and knew that if she was going to keep up, she needed a piece of equipment that could keep up with her. The SZ19-36 stand-on mower did just that, providing top-quality work at efficient speeds. “The SZ19-36 cuts down cut time significantly”, she says. Abigail notes that she loves the SZ19-36 because of its range of features such as the compact body being ideal to navigate small cottage properties yet its speed being perfect to manage sprawling estates. She says the ergonomic benefits like reduced wear and tear on muscles and joints are an added bonus!
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Peter Mills

Peter Mills, the owner of Elevated Trail Design, a North Carolina based trail design company born out of Peter’s love for adventure coupled with his passion for the outdoors. Elevated Trail design owns a fleet of Kubota U17 Excavators to construct premium trails across the country running from mountain bike and equestrian to walking trails in state parks.  After working for trail design teams at ski resorts in college, Peter knew that he wanted to take his talents back to North Carolina to start his own company. Elevated Trail Design “uses natural landscape while maintaining high standards of safety and sustainability”- with a goal of constructing trails that expand trail-goers appreciation for the outdoors. Building both long and short length trails with varying terrain, Peter relies on the versatility of the U17 Excavator to operate across a diverse range of projects. For mountain terrain, he loves the U17’s efficient maneuvering to navigate steep sidehills while he appreciates the compact size for single track trails with narrow pathways.

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Grandpa Miller

He was born in Kansas and spent his younger years doing many jobs like being a caretaker and driving school buses. Living through the Great Depression, Grandpa has a healthy appreciation for living off the land, so he decided to buy and cultivate a hobby farm- ultimately landing in West Virginia. Here, he grew crops and his wife would can them. They enjoyed using and saving everything that they could. Little did Grandpa know at the time he would watch his great-grandchildren be raised on this very same land over 60 years later. He currently resides with his live-in caretakers (his granddaughter and her husband) along with his 5 great-grandchildren that keep him on his toes. In his extra time, he enjoys playing solitaire and weaving baskets by hand. Grandpa Miller uses his Kubota RTV as his main source of transportation. He still loves to tackle jobs around the farm, take his great-grandchildren out fishing at the pond that he built, and even drives his RTV to and from his local church.

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Melissa

For those who did not grow up on tractors, the idea of hopping on and operating one can be intimidating. Lucky for all the newbies out there, Kubota’s sub- and compact tractors are designed for intuitive use and are easy to learn. Just ask Melissa Morgan of Outdoors with the Morgans; Melissa and her husband, Mike, have been putting their new BX23S to work on their property doing everything from hauling wood, brush hogging to trail building.

Before their BX, Melissa hadn’t had much tractor time outside of riding in a hay wagon when she was younger. After taking some small, but important steps, Melissa is now taking full advantage of her BX23S, getting projects done around their property and loving every minute of it.

Check out the video below to hear from Melissa herself on five things she’s learned as a new tractor owner.

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You probably know that we're all about working smarter and not harder... especially when we're completing a manual labor job! With so much sweat and strain in executing an installation, we always want to utilize tools to the best of our ability to make our job easier! With so many options on the market, it's hard to know what works and what is worth the investment. Equipment makes us feel more confident and more empowered to get the job done most efficiently. And let's be real, who doesn't love driving a tractor?!

Kubota and New South Tractor (Kubota dealer located in Newton, NC) allowed us to test two amazing tractors for our installation job. New South delivered these brand spankin' new tractors to our job site and they showed up in style.

Lets review these tractors:

LA1065 on the MX6000 series enclosed cab tractor

The first tractor: heavyweight champion of the world (are you imagining me introducing a boxing round?) LA1065 on the MX6000 series enclosed cab tractor.

This bad boy was a hoss! It's practically the CadillacTM of tractors when we're talking about comfort and luxury; it has an enclosed cab to protect from elements and controlled cabin air control with both air conditioning and heat. This was something that was brand new to us and we loved it! In my previous life in the turf world, those long days spent on the tractor, renovating athletic fields, or spreading fertilizer, this would have been perfect in the summertime and the cold winter scraping snow and ice.  For this installation, we needed a heavy-duty piece of machinery to unload the 1500-pound trees off of the truck. Since the higher you go in the air, the more off-balance the tractor becomes, ensuring we had a heavy, properly ballasted tractor to off-set the front load was key. The LA1065 came with forks on the front, which worked perfectly to hold these large rootballs. Once we had the holes dug, we lifted and positioned it inside of the tree well and set down in its new permanent home. We know that this tractor can come with a multitude of implements, so I am confident we didn't use it to its fullest potential, but to unload and position heavy trees, it worked like a charm. TPL-approved for sure! 

LA340+ BT603 Backhoe on the BX series 4WD tractor

Up next, we have the small but mighty, lightweight champion of the world: the LA340+ BT603 Backhoe on the BX series 4WD tractor.

The best feature about this tractor is the compact size of it. For this job, we needed a tractor to fit into a small yard to move materials. While we were met with unforeseen fencing issues that led us to not be able to maneuver this piece of equipment into the backyard, it still worked out great for the digging of the large tree wells and moving new material around. The new tree wells already had hardscape stone edging around them and we needed to dig down roughly 33" and 40" wide to allow for our new tree rootball to sit at grade-level. We parked the BX near the digging zone, deployed the feet to brace the tractor, turned the seat around to face the rear, buckled up, and began using the mini backhoe to dig the holes. I don't know about you, but there is something so cool about a digging arm! Without a doubt, this feature saved us a good 4 hrs of digging and we were able to complete it in roughly 30 minutes without even breaking a sweat! 

Once the trees were installed, we used the LA340's loading bucket to haul 12 smaller trees to the backyard, four tons of small boulder stone, 30 yards of double-ground mulch, and six yards of topsoil. We maneuvered into the small front yard square footage like a champ, not having to wonder if we were crossing property boundaries. 

To say we are happy with these products is an understatement. I mean, if Kubota could make a heli-tractor to help get into tiny backyards in HOA communities, we'd be first in line to test it out. Thank you, Kubota and New South Tractor for making our jobs easier! 

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Jake & Abbey Sass live and operate a farm on land bought in 1953 by Jake's grandfather. They farm hops that are sold to craft breweries local to their area, using Kubota tractors to help them keep their operations running smoothly.  

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The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs

Kubota’s versatile BX Series line of sub-compact tractors – rated #1 for reliability1 – is ideal for residential property owners because it handles a wide range of projects with ease. Power-packed with a multitude of performance-matched attachments, this small but mighty lineup can tackle just about any job on your property. 

A 4-point front hitch on the BX Series models enables accessories, like a snow blade, or trip edge blade, claw grapple, and snowblower to be equipped for a range of jobs. A complete line of rear-mounted Land Pride attachments, like a post hole digger, box blade and rear snow blowers, are easily attached with the standard Category I 3-point hitch. All four BX tractors offer multiple deck options, including a mid-mount mower.

What’s more, the BX Series’ LA344 Swift-Tach loader, offered for the BX1880, BX2380 and BX2680, and the LA340 Swift-Tach loader for the BX23S, can be removed or attached without the operator leaving the operator’s station, making for easy trade outs from one attachment to another.

If you’re looking for a sub-compact tractor to help you better maintain your property or help with landscaping, here’s just a few of the available attachments to consider for the tasks at hand:

  • Front loader, grooming mower or rotary cutter, rotary tiller, and a box blade are essential for material handling and property maintenance.

  • Rotary cutters are ideal for clearing grass, weeds, and varying sizes of brush on rural acreage, and open spaces. 

  • Rotary tillers till soil for seedbed or planting preparation. 

  • A trip edge blade can be used for snow removal, landscaping, and other dirtworking tasks, while a box blade can rip and cut roots, create or clean out a ditch, or spread material such as gravel along a road.

Want to see this versatility in action? Check out the latest BX Series attachments video to help you with more ideas for getting work done on your property:


Learn more about the BX Series and available attachments on Kubotausa.com or contact your local dealer.

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Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award

Earlier this year, Kubota announced the new gas-powered RTV520 to our lineup of utility vehicles, and we’re very pleased with its reception! In September, the RTV520 was named a 2021 Pro Tool Innovation Awards winner in the Outdoor Power Equipment ATV/UTV category.

The awards honor new products released in 2021 that have the power to transform and help industries do more than ever before. As stated by the Pro Tool Innovation Awards team, “Upgrading the RTV500, Kubota’s RTV520 has more horsepower and more towing available, making it an even more capable UTV on your property or jobsite. EFI and 4-wheel drive are standard along with a variable hydrostatic transmission. Thanks to a slimmer profile, you can get into areas that larger UTVs won’t fit while Kubota’s suspension system keeps your ride more comfortable. Easy-to-use and suitable for nearly every environment, take a closer look at Kubota for your UTV needs.”

The awards are judged by a mix of true industry professionals, including but not limited to general contractors, electricians, and carpenters, as well as media professionals who specialize in construction-related tools. Read more about the award


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We’re proud to receive this award and even more proud to work with our dealers, customers and industry professionals to deliver high-quality products like the RTV520.

 
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Tracy Robinson served 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Desert Shield before returning home to Blakely, Georgia, in 2010 to do what he loves most—farming. Despite operating his farm on 500 acres of land, Tracy didn’t own or lease a tractor, rather he helped out a neighboring farm in exchange for use of their tractor. Until now, that is, because last month Kubota and local dealer Southern Tractor & Outdoors had the pleasure of delivering a brand new M8 Series tractor to Tracy’s property for a free one-year loan through the “Geared to Give” program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition. 

Established in 2015, “Geared to Give” is Kubota’s flagship philanthropic program that recognizes current and past U.S. military servicemembers for their continued service to their communities through farming, many of whom need the gift of Kubota equipment to help them achieve self-sufficiency and take their farming operation to the next level. Tracy, who was an ideal candidate for the program, will put his new M8 Series tractor to use on his farm where he grows peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat.  

In addition to the tractor delivery last month, Tracy was also honored during a special ceremony at the Sunbelt Ag Expo on October 20 in Moultrie, Georgia.

Each year, five Veteran Members of the Farmer Veteran Coalition are selected through the FVC Fellowship Fund application process to receive donated Kubota equipment. Since the “Geared to Give” program was established, 41 farmer veterans have received equipment and grants to further their agricultural careers. 

For more information about the Farmer Veteran Coalition and their Fellowship Fund, visit www.farmvetco.org. For more information on the “Geared to Give” program, visit Kubota Cares.

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Kubota Tractor Corporation threw its hat into the arena over Labor Day Weekend as it joined new partner PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for its second-annual Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause charity exhibition event aboard the historic U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The event featured eight teams of three riders. Team Kubota was headlined by PBR riders Ezekiel Mitchell, Junior Patrik Souza and Taylor Toves. The charity event partner was the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), who was presented with a $100,000 check in addition to a special ceremony to award a military service member a new tractor through Kubota’s “Geared to Give” program in partnership with FVC.

“We continue to find ways to shine a spotlight on our nation’s veterans, and this Cowboys for a Cause event aboard the historic USS Lexington is the perfect venue to do just that,” said Alex Woods, Kubota vice president of sales operations, supply chain and parts, and a veteran of the Army National Guard. "We are excited to join PBR fans and athletes in this partnership because Kubota and our customers share a steadfast dedication to hard work and an appreciation for the thrill of the ride, whether it’s on a bull or a tractor."

The day before the riders geared up to compete in the bull riding arena, which was built using Kubota equipment on the USS Lexington’s 910-foot-long flight deck, local Kubota dealer, Ewald Kubota, came together alongside Team Kubota’s bull riders to donate Kubota equipment and volunteer service hours for a special day of service to help revitalize Parkview Park in Corpus Christi.

As part of the event, which was broadcast on CBS Television Network with re-airs on RIDEPASS on Pluto TV, Kubota honored Army Master Sgt. Ben Henbest from Fayetteville, Arkansas, by presenting him with a new Kubota MX Series tractor through its Geared to Give program in partnership with FVC. Henbest, who has served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, owns and operates Henbest Farms, where he raises Angus cattle and will put his new MX Series tractor to use to manage his growing cattle operation.

In July, Kubota announced its first-ever partnership with PBR, the leader in western sports, making them the Official Tractor of the Unleash The Beast (UTB), Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, Global Cup USA and Cowboys for a Cause as well as the WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) Triple Crown and Women's Rodeo World Championship for the 2022 season.

To learn more about PBR’s Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause, visit www.pbr.com. To learn more about the Farmer Veteran Coalition, visit www.farmvetco.org. And to learn more about Kubota’s lineup of equipment, visit www.KubotaUSA.com.

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Further building on Kubota’s one-stop-shop of equipment solutions for today’s busy commercial landscaper, Kubota recently unveiled its new line of Hydro Walk Behind Mowers and showcased new product enhancements within two of its powerful zero-turn lines, direct from the showroom floor of GIE+Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Let’s take a peek: 

Kubota Introduces New Hydro Walk-Behind Mower with Improved Ergonomics

  • New Ergonomic Controls
  • New Floating Deck Design
  • Larger, Puncture-Free Tires

With new ergonomic controls, new floating deck design and larger tires, the new W Series Hydro Walk-Behind Mowers offer three new models – the WHF14NC-36, WHF15NC-48, and WHF19NC-52 – and each are built to out-perform when cutting, mulching, and bagging.  The new W Series models are perfectly tuned to optimize power and cutting width so that mower speed and horsepower increase with each deck size option, across the 36-, 48- or 56-inch decks.  Take on properties up to 3 acres with a resilient five-hour run time and increase your performance with these newly improved, great durability mowers.

Kubota’s Powerful Zero-Turns Just Got More Productive

  • The Z400 Series “No Debris Left Behind” Power Grass Catcher
  • The Z700 Series New Airless “Tweels” for No Flats and Improved Up Time

The Z400 Series zero-turn mowers just got a new Power Grass Catcher, designed for residential users who want professional results and landscapers who demand durability and top-performance in a mid-sized mower. With its all-steel blower construction and 10-bushel carrying capacity, the all-new Power Grass Catcher leaves v no debris behind as it easily takes on top-level mowing performance even with the most challenging mowing tasks.

Next, Kubota builds on the exceptional performance of its popular Z700 Series by introducing Tweel Tires to its Z781 zero-turn mower, powered by Kawasaki FX EFI engines, for both the 54- and 60-inch model decks. The Michelin® X® Tweel® Turf airless radial tire is designed to eliminate service time caused by flat tires and unseated beads. The spokes offer excellent lateral stability on hillsides, sloped surfaces, and even when traveling over curbs and bumps. 

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The Z700 offers best-in-class performance, productivity, and the durability that Kubota is known for. When it comes to comfort, the Series features unmatched ergonomics with a wide operator station and a premium adjustable suspension seat for reduced fatigue during long jobs. Engineered to create outstanding results, the EFI models with Tweel Tires* offer exceptional performance and outstanding operator comfort even in the most demanding conditions. 

Stop into your local Kubota dealer to ask about the latest and greatest to get you ready for the upcoming spring season.

*The tweel tires are not compatible with the grass catcher due to weight.

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Earlier this year, Kubota announced new and updated equipment for our turf lineup and we have to admit, we’re very pleased with the reception! In less than a year, several of these new products have added awards to the shelf from leading landscape publications.  

Green Industry Pros selected the SZ Series amongst their 2021 Editor’s Choice Awards. The award is given to new equipment and products that are considered to be best-in-class by the outlet’s readers, end users and landscape professionals during a 12-month period. The award is graded on audience engagement on Green Industry Pros’ website, innovation, and utility for the landscape industry. In its “Twenty for 2021” New Product Awards, Landscape Business also selected the SZ Series as one of its 20 awarded products for its innovation, marketability, and application within the landscape market. 

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To top it off, the Z422 was selected as a winner in the Pro Tool Innovation Awards in the zero-turn lawn mower category for its “comfortable ride, quality cut and affordable price,” according to the publication. And what’s more, the new RTV520 took home an award in the ATV/UTV category for its increased capability in almost any environment with more horsepower and towing than ever before.          

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We’re proud to be the recipient of these esteemed awards and even more proud to work with our dealers, customers and the landscape industry to deliver high-quality products. 

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Temperatures are dropping, but your focus on maintaining equipment should not – particularly, if you live in an area with near or below freezing temperatures. 

Here are four considerations every equipment operator should review as we enter the snowy season in many parts of the country:

  • Take the Time: Daily Winter Inspections. It’s cold and you just want to get to work, but daily inspections are even more critical during the winter months. Taking a few extra minutes every day for daily cleaning and inspections is critical to identify the small problems that can quickly turn major if left unaddressed. Examine fluid hoses regularly for cracks – cold temperatures put added stress on hoses which can crack in very cold temperatures. Other areas to inspect include oil and grease lubrication, coolant, fuel levels, battery function and the undercarriage. It’s important to keep your ag equipment clean, especially the undercarriage, as excess snow, salt, and ice can get stuck to the machine causing performance and mobility issues.

  • Conduct Routine Maintenance PLUS Check & Change Your Fluid Type (if Needed). Seasonal maintenance should be conducted regardless of temperatures, including changing fluids and filters. Each climate is different, so it’s important to check your owners manual on what fluids to use given your specific model number and your local climate. For example, in some cold climates it’s important to change from the typical Number 2 Diesel (2-D) to Number 1 Diesel (1-D) for the snowy months, to avoid fuel hardening and ice pieces forming. And in some cases a blend of 1-D and 2-D may be the most appropriate. The owner's manual is the first place to look prior to changing fuel types or performing routine maintenance, or you can always reach out to your local Kubota dealer for more specific information or questions. 

  • Store Indoors and Keep it Warm. Housing the equipment inside a shed or building will reduce the winter strain on the equipment. When it’s time to start it up, allow the machine to properly warm up – machine function is better when the engine and machine have time to warm above 40 degrees. Adding a block heater to the machine will decrease warm up time and more efficiently heat the cab.

  • Utilize Downtime for Repairs. If there is a season that presents itself with natural downtime, it’s winter. Use this time to fully inspect and repair any equipment. You’ll be happy that your fleet is ready and raring, come busy season.

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As we approach the end of the year, don’t forget to utilize Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code. According to the IRS under the 2018 tax reform, and subject to limitations, businesses are now able to deduct the full purchase price for qualifying equipment – yes, that could include the Kubota you purchased in 2021! We can thank Uncle Sam for putting this tax code into place as an incentive for businesses to purchase equipment and invest in themselves. Prior to the reform, the most businesses were allowed to deduct was a small portion of each qualifying equipment’s value based on depreciation, literally taking it years to complete. Now, Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price in the year the qualifying equipment was put to use for your business. According to Section179.org, this includes qualifying equipment that was purchased in-full, as well as financed. If you purchased a piece of equipment in 2021, be sure to check with your CPA or tax preparer about deducting that full amount, as well as eligibility for a bonus depreciation.

Buy Early. If you want to take advantage of the Section 179 benefits, it’s important to note that in order for equipment purchased in 2021 to qualify it must be put to use in 2021 for your business as well. We know it’s common practice to purchase equipment in the fourth quarter of the year, but don’t delay because equipment that is simply purchased but just sits brand new on your lot may not qualify until the year it is put into service. Equipment availability may be a real challenge for year end 2021 as the 2021 market is at record pace and Dealer inventories are at an all time low.

Limitations. Section 179 comes with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($1,050,000 for 2021), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,620,000 in 2021). Be sure to discuss these limits with your tax preparer to see how your business qualifies.

What you need to bring to your Tax Appointment. If you purchased equipment in 2021, you will need records on the date of purchase, the date you started using the equipment, and all costs associated with the purchase, like shipping and setup. If you lost any of this documentation, check with your Kubota Dealer to get a copy. Your tax preparer can take the Section 179 deduction on certain qualifying business property by electing it, which is done by filling out the required form and including with your business tax return. Please consult with your certified tax professional for eligibility and limitations that apply to you.

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Let’s Make Hay!

Not all bales of hay are created equal. As we learned from our forage and animal health experts during our Forage Forum virtual event on August 19, 2021, there are many factors that need to be considered before you can even think about breaking out the baler. 

Most importantly, is preparing your equipment ahead of harvest to avoid issues. “That’s the one variable that, if we’re right in the middle of harvesting and storing and we have an issue, stops the entire process. Equipment maintenance is critical to us [forage and hay producers]” said Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks, Professor of Animal Science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, during the virtual event. Kubota recommends changing the gearbox oil on your baler every few years or 5,000 bales, whichever comes first. Please check your operating manual for guidance on your specific equipment and model number.

Let’s review some expert tips for making perfect bales:

#1 – Know Your Moisture and Density

First, keep moisture levels in mind. Before you start baling, tedding is best when leaves are protected by morning dew, above 50% moisture. Raking is best at 25-30% moisture, letting it continue to dry while you start up the baler. Baling is optimal at 18% moisture for 4x5 round bales.

Kubota balers have an advanced three zone electric density setting system which can be changed from crop to crop in a matter of seconds. It’s important to understand how bale density and conditions will affect crops and adjust your density settings accordingly.

#2 – Windrow Makes the Bale

Windrow size and shape play a bigger role in bale formation than you may think. A straight windrow allows the operator to maneuver the baler through the field with minimal effort while also allowing the crop to feed evenly into the pickup and then into the bale chamber. In fields where straight windrows are not possible, a good rake operator will make generous turns allowing the baler operator to avoid any sharp angled turns that could result in leaving hay on the ground.  Ideally, your rake will have a working width wide enough to build a consistent windrow that is the width of the bale chamber. This will minimize the need to weave back and forth to fill the bale chamber and will result in an even, consistent bale.

#3 – Let the Baler Guide You

Pay attention to the driving arrows, steering wheel icon, and bale shape icons. Our system provides operators three visual alerts to know what is transpiring in the bale chamber. This allows operators to make the adjustments to the shape of their bale as they drive along. The sensitivity of the driving arrows can be adjusted easily to meet the requirements of different operators or conditions.

#4 – Stay Alert

Utilize the baler’s built-in alerts. The ‘90% Full’ alert helps the operator understand when they should begin finishing off the bale. They will receive another alert signifying ‘Full Bale’ when the bale has reached the predetermined height the operator desires, and the baler will need to be wrapped. Depending on the selection within your monitor the wrap will start automatically or need to be manually started.

#5 – Wrap it Up

Set the proper number of net or twine wraps desired. The number of wraps will depend on the type of hay, and the expected length of time it might be stored before feeding, etc. Certain crops, like wheat straw, are spongey and will require more wraps to keep the final bale from bursting open

The proof in every great bale begins with its shape and density. A well-formed bale with proper density will retain its shape when transported. Getting the density of the bale correct also means you’ll have successfully put more hay into each bale, resulting in less bales you’ll ultimately have to move. Of course, the most important thing to consider when measuring how successfully you’ve baled hay comes down to when the hay is fed to cattle. Healthy hay breeds healthy cattle.

Kubota has 13 Ag Specialists covering the entire U.S. to assist dealers and customers with settings and operation for the M7 and Hay Tools.  All Kubota’s hay tools are backed by two- and three-year standard limited warranties, as well as extended warranties available. Interested in learning how a Kubota baler could help in your hay fields? Schedule a demo with your local Kubota dealer.


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Justin Rhodes is a man of many hats. He’s a permaculturist, homesteader, film producer, author and teacher, to name just a few. And despite his many titles, he now has a new hat to wear—a bright orange one—as Kubota is excited to announce Justin has become an official member of the Kubota Country family.  

With well more than a decade of homesteading under his belt, Justin uses his experience to inspire and teach others to work with the land to produce their own sustenance and live a more abundant life. He is quickly becoming one of the largest and most influential voices in this space with an audience of nearly 1 million across his YouTube, Instagram and TikTok channels. 

Through the partnership, Justin will be using an M7060 tractor with performance-matched Land Pride implements and an RTV-X1140 to manage his 75-acre family farm near Asheville, North Carolina, to do everything from cultivating his fields to managing and caring for his livestock.

To learn more about Justin Rhodes, visit www.AbundancePlus.com.

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