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Great Basin Alpacas

It’s hard to know what we’re meant to do in life. But when you find it, there’s no feeling quite like it 

Marshal and Alicia Hartman met during college, and each knew they had found the person they wanted to spend the rest of their life with. The two were married and Marshal took a job with law enforcement in the big city. Over the years, their family of two would grow into a family of five. 

Unfortunately, Marshal was injured in 2019, before the pandemic and needed to spend almost 2 years recovering at home. While following their city’s recommendations and distancing themselves at home, it became quickly apparent to the Hartmans that they needed more space. They needed a change. 

For them, that meant a move out of the city and into rural Nevada. 

Marshal and Alicia had always talked about wanting to raise animals. With their move to the country, they found themselves with enough land to make this dream a reality. 

The Hartmans bought three baby sheep and began bottle feeding them. It was an activity for the whole family, and Marshal and Alicia began to research how their family could harvest and use sheep wool. What they discovered is that they were much more interested in alpaca fiber and its uses.

So, Marshal and Alicia purchased their first alpaca and fell in love with its quirkiness. They bought three pregnant alpacas and locked themselves into the alpaca life. 

Alicia began posting pictures and videos of the alpacas on an Instagram page, giving their friends in the city a glimpse of their life in the country. The hashtags that Alicia used captured a larger audience, and more and more people began finding their farm, Great Basin Alpacas, on social media. 

Great Basin Alpacas is 10 acres in total, including the Hartman’s home. Their female animals have two acres dedicated to them, while the males are on just one acre – for now. 

The Hartmans even have full RV hookups, so people who want to come and see their alpacas can stay on their property. Eventually, they plan on bringing grass-fed lambs to their farm. 

You can find Great Basin Alpacas Farm and book an RV stay on harvesthost.com

In order to maintain their property, the Hartman family has a Kubota BX23S sub compact tractor and a Land Pride scraper. They chose their Kubota because they knew they would need a durable and reliable piece of equipment to keep up with their growing needs. The BX23S has surpassed their expectations.

Currently, they’re using harvested alpaca fiber to make socks, beanies and yarn. The Hartmans also found a local fiber processor and plan on working with them down the road. Since you can only shear alpacas once a year, the Hartmans' plan to grow their herd and sell more fiber is one that will take time. In the future, they want to provide their farm products at local farmers markets and possibly even open their own store. 

But they don’t mind the wait. They’re having a great time getting to know these animals and spreading their roots in the Nevadan countryside. 

Learn more about Great Basin Alpacas and the Hartman’s property by following them on Instagram

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A Rooted Land

There’s something grounding about growing up in a farm and ranching community. 

Maybe it’s early mornings in the pasture, and the calluses across our hands.

Maybe it’s the knowledge of crops and the connection we share with our livestock. 

Maybe it’s the joy of a bountiful harvest and the shared sorrow of a lackluster one.

Zachary Whitman experienced all of these in West Texas, where he was born and raised. He discovered the value of hard work, true grit and integrity in West Texas, virtues that would serve him well in life, no matter where his boots took him. 

He showed an aptitude for politics that would eventually see him lend his political skills to presidential campaigns and White House assignments for 16 years. After his career in politics, Zachary began working for Amazon. 

The money was good and the work he was doing was important. But Zachary began to feel a growing hole in his fulfillment. It would inspire him to look beyond everything he knew and take a leap of faith.

Zachary hung up his suit and tie and started to brainstorm his next project. He was looking for something that would get him closer to his roots. 

In December 2019, Zachary discovered a 357-acre property for sale in Virginia and the wheels began turning. Of the 357 acres, 65 were ready for agriculture operations and 292 acres were forested. It was exactly what Zachary had been searching for.

From the start, Zachary decided this property would provide visitors an opportunity to step away from their screens and experience everything nature has to offer. A property that would help him find lasting fulfillment in this grand adventure we call life. 

Zachary knew he wouldn’t be able to achieve his vision alone, so he got to work and purchased a Kubota B2301 and several Land Pride attachments – his new farmhand. His family grew up working with Kubota equipment, and Zachary knew a Kubota machine would be perfect for his new property. 

He used his compact tractor to clear out shrubs, till a garden, clean up his hay field and build housing for animals. Zachary even used his B2301 to help him renovate his house on the property! Although he dreams of having a tractor over 50 horsepower someday, his B2301 has been the perfect size for his needs, especially the needs Zachary couldn’t have predicted when he started. 

Currently, Zachary has one AirBnB built on the property, as well as a garden for his guests to pick fresh produce, chicken coops for fresh eggs and a handful of fishing spots. His end-goal is to add three tiny homes, a barn house, an A-frame structure and another cabin in the woods. 

He’s planning on bringing goats and cattle to the farm, while working with a local butcher to provide quality meat to the community and his guests. As his garden begins to grow, Zachary wants to build an apiary to house bees and assist him in the conservation of natural, Virginia wildflowers. With so much forest on his property, Zachary wants to dedicate a portion of it to deer and bear habitats, as well as hiking trails (safely distanced from the bear habitats). 

For more information and to follow Zachary in Rooted Land Company’s journey, visit his website or Instagram page.

 

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Align Outdoors

Align Outdoors is a group of friends who wanted to do better. Better for others and themselves. Better for their clients and partners. Better for their community.

Andy, the founder of Align Outdoors, loves taking his daughter to playgrounds in their community and discovering fun, innovative playgrounds. The two discovered one playground company that stood out above the rest– playgrounds manufactured by Landscape Structures. Andy reached out to the local representative, Parkitects, and after they saw his passion and enthusiasm, was offered a job as a Regional Manager.

It only took a few weeks for Andy to realize Parkitects playspace designs were in high demand and there was a growing need for more installers… so he proposed Align Outdoors as a solution.  

Align Outdoors is a team of six friends, each with rich histories in landscaping and working with one another. For the last year, Align Outdoors has been servicing Western New York with much needed commercial playscapes and custom landscapes. 

The Align Outdoors team wanted to use their talents to revitalize communities and build exciting playgrounds. To enjoy every single day and have fun on the job. Align Outdoors gives them this opportunity, and they don’t plan on looking back. 

Align Outdoors is already booked for next season and in talks of bringing on another crew to help meet their growing demand. The team’s partners and manufacturers notice Align Outdoor’s commitment to stunning installations and have voiced pride in their hard work. Together, Align Outdoors is pushing for a larger impact on community work and are even working with non-profit partners to volunteer their time and donations to better their community together.

The tools they use to get the job done? Andy and the Align Outdoors team choose Kubota equipment because they know they can trust Kubota’s CCE and landscaping equipment to help them make the world a better place.

Learn more about Andy and Align Outdoor’s efforts by visiting their website

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Challenges of growing old!

A letter from Jamie Boss Sr.

I couldn’t live here without my Kubota!  (No, I do not sell Kubota tractors)

When my wife and I moved to Hampton seven years ago, I was a healthy 66-year-old man. Now I am an aging 73-year-old man who has realized that the only reason we were able to live in our converted 100-year-old barn, on our hillside farm overlooking the valley below, was due to our trusty BX24 Kubota tractor.

It sounds rather silly. Why would a small tractor with a bucket loader and backhoe make any difference at all? When I was youngish, I could bend my knees and lift a 454 Chevy block onto the workbench of my automotive machine shop to set it up for boring. Next moment, I would be picking up the heavy cast iron heads for the big block Chevy, leaning over the side of my cylinder head grinding machine to locate the head fir surface grounding. No problem! Today, when my wife hands be a new jar of peanut butter, I must brace my body against the counter, grit my teeth, grasp the jar with both hands and make a gigantic physical grunting sound as I attempt to free the lid from the jar. In the end, the effort expended may or may not get us to the peanut butter waiting within. I would then hand the jar to my grandson, who twists the lid off with youthful ease. Growing old gracefully is not in my vocabulary.

When we arrived in Hampton, we fell in love with our 100-year- old converted barn, perched on a hillside, down a steep 300’ driveway, and overlooking a steeper hill above the Little River Valley. If you have ever heard the expression “Love is blind”, you can appreciate how we overlooked the “steep driveway, house perched on a hill, overlooking a steep hill above the valley floor.” Obviously, we did not buy the house with snow on the ground. By that February, we had two blizzards in a row and no practical way to clear the snow from our driveway. It was then we slowly realized how vulnerable we were in our “house on a hill”.

Within a year or so, we purchased a used Kubota tractor from a new friend, believing this would help with our snow removal problem. It helped immensely. Soon, the grand total of tractor possibilities became clear as I used it for many projects unrelated to snow removal. Our tractor came with a forklift attachment for the bucket. When we began to build things in the back yard, Home Depot would drop off the heavy wood in front of the house and I would bring it down the hill with my “forklift.” As large trees came down in our woodlot, I could saw up the tree, stack the wood in the waiting bucket, and bring the load up to the woodshed to be split. I used the backhoe to dig trenches for neighbors, carve out a flat area to build our post and beam shed in the back yard and even dig a grave for one of our goats in the dead of winter.

After buying a few attachments that clamped to the bucket, I found I could lift huge logs with a pincher device hanging down from the front of the bucket. I could clamp a trailer ball onto the bucket and easily move our many trailers around our steep, hilly yard with ease. An eye attachment for the bucket allowed me to lift my big motorcycle out of the mud and into the workshop. The forklift attachment made hauling multiple bales of straw or hay to the barn tent an easy process. Once I needed to move an entire Quonset style tent frame to the back yard. I simply parked the tractor under the frame, raised the back with the backhoe, raised the front with the bucket, tied it onto the tractor and motored off down the hill to find a flat spot to place it on. I can’t remember the number of large rocks I have moved with the little tractor, but there have been a bunch. Our back hill was full of thorny bushes that defied the use of weedwhackers or lawn mowers. After watching a cooking show, where the cook sliced celery with her magic knife, I sharpened the edge of the bucket, positioned the tractor at the top of the hill and drove down hill with the bucket floating. Viola, I cleanly sliced off every thorny bush I met.

When we began to organize the barn raising of our post and beam cabin, I was able to pile the heavy beams in neat piles in order of assembly. When it came time to raise the “bents” of the structure, I raised the bucket high, connected the lifting eye to the bucket and used a block and tackle to raise the heavy three bents one at a time.

In short, using my trusty Kubota, I am king of the hill. I am the very model of a very savvy farmer who can do any chore around the farm without batting an eye. Sitting high on my worn-out tractor seat, I am an orange superman, able to lift tall logs with a single pull of a handle. I am master of all I survey in my back yard.

Without my Kubota, I am but a 73- year-old grandfather in search of his grandson to open a jar of crunchy peanut butter.
 
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What a Ride with Global Action Sports Solutions Parks

Riding bikes taught Jeremy Witek what is meant to feel alive. He started Global Action Sports Solutions Parks with one desire in mind– to create the world standard in adventure sport facility and trail development with unforgettable commitment to user experience. Now, 20 years later, G.A.S.S. Parks has completed more than 70 projects in 29 different countries, including involvement in events such as: Red Bull Rampage, Red Bull Ride’n’Style, GoPro Mountain Games, X Games and Downhill Taxco.

Jeremy and his team rely on Kubota construction equipment to help them build skateparks, bicycle trails and even motocross tracks. They’re currently using Kubota U17, U27-4 and U35-4 mini excavators, as well as a SVL65-2 skid steer to make sure there’s no obstacle they can’t conquer. They work to create parks and trails that are accessible to adventurers of all ages and skill levels. Jeremy encourages local kids and members of the community to assist him in finishing each project and shows them how these tracks bring riders, skates and hikers together. In order to terraform and design these trails, Jeremy and the G.A.S.S. team have to wait for favorable weather, which means they get to do a fair amount of biking in their downtime! 

G.A.S.S. Parks is currently building a downhill bike park for the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians in San Diego, California. The bike park is located on the La Jolla Indian Reservation campground, which sees over 100,000 visitors annually, and is set to open fall 2022. G.A.S.S. expects over 20,000 mountain bikers to visit the new park, which will feature a shuttle system for riders and their bikes. Each trail that Jeremy and his crew build is built in a way that preserves nature and gives it plenty of room to grow.

The G.A.S.S. Parks team features project updates on their Facebook and Instagram pages and are planning on starting a high-end YouTube channel later this year. Laying the groundwork for the next generation of skaters, bikers and hikers… G.A.S.S. Parks and Kubota know how to get the job done! 


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Legacy Foundation

The Legacy Academy opened its doors in 2020, right during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Holly ___ watched as five students grew to nine and realized that these students needed options for building vocational skills, as well as college-bound individuals in need of real world STEM applications. So, she started Legacy Foundation and rounded out its board members with 

“The Legacy Foundation seeks to teach principles from the past, using the technology of today.”

Holly’s family donated five acres to the Legacy Foundation and students have the opportunity to attend farm school days– days where they’ll take the STEM skills they learn in the classroom and watch as they translate to agricultural science, permaculture and aquaponics projects. 

Right now, the Legacy Foundation is working to restore an old barn, install a well system and hook the barn up to electricity. With the help of a trusty RTV900, her father’s old tractor and the eager spirit of the Legacy Academy students, Holly has watched students find inspiration in working the land and a deeper appreciation for STEM skills in the field, especially during the uncertainty of online school and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Future Legacy Foundation projects include a garden, farmer’s market, parent drop-off/ pick-up loop and picnic table area. The Legacy Foundation relies entirely on community sponsors and private donations. You can donate to the foundation by clicking here.

Legacy Academy: https://thisislegacyacademy.com/

Legacy Farm: https://thisislegacyfarms.com/

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Mulder Outdoors

Mulder Outdoors is Northwest Indiana’s one-stop-shop for landscaping, hardscaping, lawn maintenance, drainage and light excavation solutions. Andy Mulder started Mulder Outdoors eight years ago, but he’s no stranger to the landscaping industry. 

“What drives me is the ability to build amazing projects for people and reflect back at the end of the day.” 

Mulder Outdoors is a five-man team, but that doesn’t stop Andy and his crew from taking on big challenges. Simple things like jobsite cleanliness, acute attention to detail and clear communication are clear differentiators in the Mulder Outdoors experience. Andy invests into his company and the equipment they’re working with and equipment like the Kubota KX080-4 lets Mulder Outdoors take their capabilities to even greater heights. 

Andy loves the industry, loves the team he works with and, most importantly, loves being outside in #KubotaCountry each and every day. 

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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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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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Those Plant Ladies

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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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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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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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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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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Up for a challenge? Ben and Lauren Denny sure were! Living in Idaho with zero farming experience, but an itch to try something new, they took a leap of faith and bought her family's 7th generation farmland. They now live in McAlester, Oklahoma where they’ve made a life of loving and living the Simply Country way as first generation farmers.

They quickly realized while learning by themselves, a lot of people do not know what goes into ranching and farming and this is where their love for sharing the lifestyle online came into play. As Ben would say, “people are interested in getting back to this way of life and just need some education on how to do so.” Their passion for educating others is what really helped Simply Country Ranch blossom and offer all that it does today. 

While they took on some major learning curves when they jumped away from all they knew, Ben and Lauren had to stay financially sustainable somehow. Simply Stained was Lauren's personalized signage and home decor business that kept them afloat while building what Simply Country Ranch has become today. Lauren was a 4th grade teacher in Idaho and started Simply Stained as a way to give her students and other teachers gifts that didn’t break the bank. This took off while in Idaho and has only continued to grow with the ranch. They now print photos onto wood for visitors that meet all the farm animals.

Their animals are the center of everything they do, from hosting holiday events and ranch tours to their book “Winston and the Missing Apples”, which is based on a true story of their border collie dog. Five years ago, they started to breed Scottish Highland Cows and now have chickens, lambs, mini donkeys, mini horses, goats, Nigerian pygmy goats and babydoll sheep. Between their many animals and six different types of fruit trees, Ben and Lauren are appreciative of their Kubota equipment that helps keep the farm chores completed. They loved how easy it was to learn to operate, especially for first time users!

They’ve learned by trial and error, and connecting with veteran farmers, but hope to help others who are wanting to start their own farm. Simply Country Ranch continues to share their life online in hopes of reaching the community to experience the simple country life and take a sliver of this lifestyle home with you in many ways!

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Allen the Flower Farmer

Summer loving and farm living, this is how Allen took in the sunny season away from school when he was younger! As many kids did, helping his grandparents on their farm during the Summer is where Allen got his farming introduction. A Jersey native that slowly moved his way further south as an adult, he eventually purchased 6 acres of land and started growing his own organic vegetables and sunflowers too, as their beauty piqued his interest!

Word got around to his friends and family who always took him up on the offer for some fresh vegetables. Who wouldn’t?! Encouraged by this and the enjoyment of growing vegetables and flowers, he opened a roadside stand in 2015. Each day ended with all flowers sold and only vegetables left. A little odd, right? Living in a county with about 75% preserved farmland, selling vegetables was common but flowers not as much. Even better for Allen, as his love for flower farming had grown, he knew he had to shift his focus to flower production. Bringing his hobby to life, Allen the Flower Farmer came to fruition and there was no looking back. 

Allen and his wife now have 15 acres of land where they use their Kubota BX1500 and L3901 to grow different kinds of flowers such as dahlias, cosmos, zinnias and gladiolas. While known mostly for their Sunflowers, they might have up to 15 different flowers in production at any given time! Their “pick your own'' event and flower photo ops thrive with the guest and put a smile on their face as they walk through a field of flowers. As Allen would put it, “there’s just something about looking at a field of flowers that everyone enjoys!” Be sure to visit Allen, his wife and their dog as they continue to bring flowers “From Farm to Vase”!

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Do you ever want to eliminate the amount of waste in your home? The Compost Queens, based out of San Antonio, Texas are doing just that by creating a community of composters. 

What began as wanting to put her community first, Kate started learning to compost and garden with her mother ultimately wanting to engage community members to help utilize food waste.

Kate stated their goal was to create a compost system that would be hassle, pest, and smell free all while supporting local residents, businesses and farmers..  Compost Queens provides resources to the community to eliminate waste and benefit each home with an organic compost solution.  Workshops and family day classes are also held at their farm for a hands-on experience.

Looking forward to the future, Compost Queens would like to expand its operations by partnering with the city and engaging additional resources to expand community knowledge.  

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Every day is an opportunity to focus on life and seize the moment. In Lexington, Kentucky on March 27, 1888, James Coleman jumped at an opportunity and purchased a plot of land that would touch the lives of over 300 descendants. Coleman Crest Farms proves that no matter how long you're away from home you can always return and create a legacy that transcends beyond your lifetime. Jim Coleman is making the most of his 27,000 days and educating the community not just on farming, but the ability to make the most of every day that you are given.

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Need some investigation on how to fix your landscape, lawn or drainage issues? Lawn-N-Order are your guys! Settled in Weaverville, North Carolina (WNC), the founder Ryan Houston and his team provide unique landscape design solutions while keeping your budget in mind. What started as a one-man show with a lawnmower has grown into a 20 year business that currently has a focus in drainage and landscape.

Why the name you ask? Rooted in lawn care, the company gained traction with just a lawnmower, leaf blower and a name that makes people smile. It’s clever and they can certainly solve your issues. The business has now flourished into what it is today with Ryan’s twenty-seven years of experience with the region’s plants and wildlife. Being a WNC native, he’s familiar with how the area is similar in climate to Japan, giving him the knowledge on what plants will thrive in the mountains of WNC. Mimicking a lot of the Japanese plantings and diverse climate, Blue Star Juniper and Japanese Maple are just two of the plants used to stand out amongst the crowd. 

Their focus on quality has gained them many “Super Service” awards over the years. While growth is great, Lawn-N-Order prides themselves on having a smaller team, giving the ability to focus on great work and providing outstanding service. This is what sets them apart from the competition along with their long-term clientele and drive to build relationships with clients to make them a repeat customer. 

Using their Kubota KX057-4, the team lends a helping hand to a lot of out of state transplants and vacation homeowners who are unfamiliar with the terrain. They usually do not have the knowledge of what can occur over time to their property. This is where the team steps in to educate, prevent problems and save the homes in beautiful WNC!

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She is just comfortable taking that leap of faith. The Dainty Pear, Sarah Clark, is a woman leading from the front and her family is there every step of the way. Her drive is laying out the essence of hard work, failures, triumphs, legacy to her five children and her passion is rooted in food, calm and worship.  

The Dainty Pear (Sarah) and her husband found their slice of heaven in Utah and are working the ins and outs of having a hobby farm. Chickens, goats, yaks, cows, alpacas and of course a pig, their day consists of raising their animals and maintaining the land. This was all very new and somewhat intimidating to the budding family but they are building a legacy, one that starts with their two hands. With some newness, The Dainty Pear knows it's OK to fail, it can be intimidating even to work equipment, but she found her groove through her own personality.  She keeps it real by managing on her style (yes, it’s OK ladies to rock those long nails, even on the farm). 

For her, knowing where the food starts helps to enrich bridging farm to style. She is bringing us all a little bit of soul to her cooking with a sprinkle of sunshine with the release of her new cookbook and it started all with that leap of faith.

So if you see The Dainty Pear, you might find her within a “moving meditation’ as she describes her equipment mending fences or moving hay, bustling around in her kitchen with a crew setting up shots for a new cookbook, all the while to help demystify injecting style into farming.     

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Whether you're just starting out in the landscape industry or you're a seasoned veteran, Kubota's commercial mowers and our Fleet Program are here to help you grow your business. 


Finding the Right Mower for the Job

With a full lineup, Kubota has the right mower for any job, each offering commercial cutters the durability, convenience and performance needed and expected from Kubota. Here’s a closer look:

Walk-Behind W Series Mowers: Compact commercial walk-behind mowers easily meet the demands of busy lawn care professionals looking for great durability while cutting, mulching, and bagging.

Stand-On SZ Series Mowers: Stand-on mowers offer great visibility, a quick on and off design and zero-turn operation. Four models round out this series offering many possibilities with 38-, 48-, 52- and 61-inch deck options.

Zero-Turn Mowers: The Z700, Z700 EFI and ZD Series of zero-turn mowers offer commercial cutters a range of options with impressive features to easily navigate through the most intricate yards, with quick dial height system, comfortable seat, and an ergonomic control layout to keep you working smarter not harder.

Front Mount F Series Mowers: Elevate your cutting game with a range of front-mount mowers offering 24.8-36.9 gross hp across three models with 60- and 72-inch deck options. At the controls of an F Series, you can powerfully and efficiently tackle tall or wet grass with ease.


What's New This Year

We’re adding new models to both the ZD Series and F Series with the introduction of the ZD1611 zero-turn mower and the F3710 front-mounted mower. 

The new ZD1611 will replace the ZD1511 in the ZD Series lineup and come with a 30.8-HP Kubota Common Rail System (CRS) diesel engine that delivers exceptional levels of power, torque and reliable performance. Featuring an air-ride suspension seat with reclining and lumbar support, a 12V power outlet in the cup holder for charging electronic devices, an engine monitor and a tie-down point on the front axle for easier trailering, the ZD1611 will come available in three deck configurations:  a 72-inch side-discharge mower, and 60- and 72-inch rear-discharge mowers.

The new F3710 will replace the F3990 in the F Series lineup and will come equipped with a 36.9-HP Kubota Common Rail System diesel engine for fast, powerful and efficient job performance. Available with both side-discharge and rear-discharge pro-commercial mower decks in 60 inches and 72 inches, the F3710’s high lifting capacity provides the versatility to handle an array of implements like a grass catcher, snow blower, rotary sweeper and debris blower, and is compatible with all implements currently available for Kubota mowers. 


From One to Many: The Fleet Program Advantage

Whether you have one mower or several, Kubota’s Fleet Program offers advantages to help you stay efficient and profitable by providing equipment discounts, loaner units and flexible payments options as you grow.

Kubota's Fleet Program is designed for commercial customers of all sizes and offers three levels of qualification: Standard, Premium and Elite. Standard Qualification requires the customer to submit a picture of their truck and trailer or business card; Premium Qualification is met when any customer purchases between 2-6 qualifying mowers; and Elite Qualification is met by a customer showing proof of a valid membership with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) or Professional Grounds Maintenance Society (PGMS) or the purchase of 7+ qualifying mowers. 

Discounts are available for those who qualify with the purchase of just one eligible unit – the more units you buy, the higher the savings, starting with a Standard Fleet discount for 1 eligible unit, a Premium Fleet discount for 2-6 units and an Elite Fleet discount for 7+ units. Discounts are also available for implements and accessories at 5%, 10% and 15% off of MSRP, depending upon how many units are purchased.

What’s more, we know that if a piece of equipment goes down, the work can’t just stop. With Kubota’s Ever-Go Demo Loaner Program, if your Kubota mower goes down and needs a warranty-covered repair, your local servicing dealer can provide you with a comparable loaner unit until your mower is back up and running. 

Visit kubotausa.com/mowers/fleet-program for full details1.

If you’d like to learn more about our commercial mower lineup and the Fleet program, or  if you’ve had your eye on a Kubota commercial mower that you’d like to test out, contact your local dealer.

 

 

 

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1 Kubota Fleet Rewards will only be given to for-profit commercial mowing professionals. EverGo program demo and loaners units subject to availability. Fleet discounts on implements/accessories are applicable only if implements/accessories are purchased along with the Zero Turn Mowers or Walk-behind Mowers.  See your local participating dealer for qualifying details. Kubota Tractor Corporation reserves the right to change the stated terms without notice. Subject to availability. 



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Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality

When it comes to hay production, the small details, coupled with consistency, can lead to high-quality hay and, ultimately, a successful farming or ranching business. Some of the best hay producers have proven that optimized production is a fine balance between art and science, and that begins with the best hay-handling technology and equipment. 

We’ve put together a list of tips that according to each expert will help make your hay production easier, while creating more value in each bale – from first cutting to feeding.

  • Make hay when the sun is shining, but don’t lose sight of key moisture moments.
    There are some key moments early in the hay harvesting cycle that really affect the end product, and it’s all tied to moisture. According to Dr. Lisa Baxter, Assistant Professor and Extension Forage Agronomist for Crop & Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, tedding is best when leaves are protected by morning dew, when the moisture is above 50%. Raking is best at 25-35% moisture, letting it continue to dry while you start up the baler. Meanwhile, baling is best at 18% moisture for dry hay round bales.1

  • Premium Hay vs. Haylage: Moisture levels matter.
    Experts at the University of Wisconsin Extension have found that forages are at 75-80% moisture when first cut. Drying time is key to reach levels of 60-65% moisture content for haylage, and down to 14-18% moisture content for dry hay. That number should be less than 14% when making larger bales.2

  • Don’t lose sight of conditioners.
    Conditioners take haymaking to new heights. According to the UGA Forage Extension team, conditioners are efficient in decreasing the drying time, especially in the 12 hours after cutting. Studies have also shown that quick drying can be helpful in reducing respiration losses.3 The Kubota DMC Series offers added benefits, with full-length conditioning on all models.

  • Choose your wrap wisely.
    With multiple wrap options for your bale, it may be confusing to determine the best for your needs. While each has unique benefits, research has proven that net wrap can have the most positive impact on your bottom line. Studies done by Dr. Kevin Shinners at the University of Wisconsin show that net wrap can reduce harvest loss by about one percent.4 Using net wrap instead of twine also helps ensure your bale has a more uniform cover, making it easier to load and handle. Luckily, whichever choice you make, Kubota has balers that work with both net wrap and twine.

  • Root Health + soil health + pasture plant health = good soil and pasture management.
    To keep forage growing, you need to have the nutrients there to grow from. Don’t take soil testing for granted; Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks, Professor of Animal Science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College suggests sampling soil in hay fields once every year and your pasture every three years. Fertilizers are 100% dependent on the soil test to ensure you’re not over or under applying.1

  • Unless you test, it’s just a guess.
    Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Assistant Professor at the Department of Animal & Dairy Science at the University of Georgia suggests a forage test at harvest to make better, informed decisions when feeding livestock prior to feeding or selling your hay. While hay assessment can involve the five senses by evaluating color, smell and other physical characteristics, submitting hay samples for analysis can reveal much more information, especially when it comes to the forage’s nutritional value.1 Scientists at the University of Florida and University of Wisconsin developed the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) calculation to do just that.5 RFQ calculations can be useful in helping to define which fields are meeting the nutritional needs of the livestock being fed.

  • Measure for results.
    According to Dr. Baxter, for the perfect cut, four inches should be the minimum height for a cool season crop. Meanwhile, three inches is the minimum cut height for a warm season crop; it’s crucial to not cut shorter, or you’ll stunt the forage growth. The ideal interval between each harvest is 28-30 days to maximize quality and quantity.1

 

For more expert insights and strategies for all aspects of hay production, visit our Forage Forum

Kubota offers a complete lineup of hay implements with a focus on quality and simplicity. Visit kubotausa.com to explore mower, tedder, rake, baler and wrapper models, and stop by your authorized  Kubota dealer to see them in person and to stock up on Kubota Genuine Parts to get you prepped and ready for hay season. 


 

1Kubota Forage Forum

2 Field Drying Forage for Hay and Haylage

3 The Importance of Hay Conditioning

4 Shinners, K.J., B.G. Huenink, R.M. Muck and K.A. Albrecht. 2002. Large round bale storage: twine, net wrap and low moisture wrapped silage. ASAE Paper No. 021067. 

5 Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) – Indexing Legumes and Grasses for Forage Quality

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Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
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Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
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New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
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Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
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Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
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Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage

As the days become shorter and farmers and ranchers wrap up their last bales of the year, it’s tempting to want to put away equipment for the long winter in haste. However, going the extra mile and adding one final step to your hay season could extend the life and performance of your baler. To help, we’ve put together a checklist of tips that could help save you time and money, come spring.

  • ✓  Clear the clutter

    • Remove any leftover mesh wrap roll or twine and store in a dry area.

    • Disconnect the monitor and store inside for the winter.


  • ✓  Refresh

    • Replace any broken pickup teeth to be ready for next season.

    • Check for loose bolts and nuts and tighten, if necessary.

    • Inflate the tires to a pressure a little higher than usual.

    • Slack the belts and check lacing pins - starting fresh next season with new pins in the lacing is a good idea.

    • Blow off your machine with a leaf blower or air compressor and then power wash down completely, clearing all dirt and chaff. 


  • ✓  Grease up

    • With all implements lowered to the ground, coat any exposed hydraulic cylinder piston rods with grease. 

    • Apply grease to machine areas where bare metal will rust. 

    • Apply grease to pivot areas.


  • ✓  Store away

    • Cover hydraulic tips, if possible, and make sure they are hung off the floor or ground.

    • Store the machine indoors in a dry area protected from sunlight and extreme weather conditions. If the machine must be stored outdoors, cover it with a waterproof tarpaulin.

    • For added protection, jack the machine up and place blocks under the axle so that all tires are off the ground. 


By following this simple checklist, you’ll be well on your way to getting a jumpstart on the new hay season next spring. Still have concerns? Bring your baler into your local Kubota dealership for a winter service inspection. 

As you winterize, please also keep in mind that Kubota has proven our commitment to the hay and forage segment by offering a two-year standard limited warranty across the entire hay tools line, including Kubota balers*. In addition to balers, we offer a wide range of hay tools from disc mowers, disc mower conditioners, tedders and rakes, to wrappers – all supported by authorized Kubota dealers nationwide. 

For more information on Kubota Hay and Farm Implements and limited warranty, including maintenance and service, contact your local Kubota dealer





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*2 year or 15,000 bale warranty (whichever comes first) on all Kubota balers. © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2022. This material is for descriptive purposes only. Kubota disclaims all representations and warranties, express or implied, or any liability from the use of this material. For complete warranty, safety and product information, consult your local Kubota dealer and the Owner’s Warranty Information Guide for the Kubota limited warranty on all products. For the complete disclaimer, go to KubotaUSA.com/disclaimers and see the posted disclaimer.

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Kubota’s Newest Compact Excavator, the U10-5, Receives Multiple Industry Awards and Recognition in 2022

Kubota announced a new addition to its robust excavator lineup in early 2022 – the all-new U10-5 minimal tail swing excavator – and it has made quite the impression, bringing home multiple industry awards. The U10-5 is Kubota’s answer to the rental or professional customer who requires a compact excavator in the 0-1-ton range. With a more compact frame, minimal tail swing and adjustable track width for getting through narrow gates, the U10-5 provides superior flexibility when working in tight spaces with very minimal overhang over the tracks, ensuring excellent balance, stability, and fast operation for both residential and commercial work. 

“We knew the U10-5 was providing a solution to a specific need in the landscaping and rental worlds, and we are honored it’s been received with top honors in its first year on the market,” said Tom Turner, product operations manager. 

But don’t just take our word for it, visit your local Kubota dealer to see what all the hype is about.


Check out Kubota’s U10-5 hitting the award scene:


 


Grow Your Landscape Business with Kubota
Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality
Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage
Ready to Up Your Equipment Game?
Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter
Did you purchase or finance equipment in 2022? Don’t forget about the Section 179 tax deduction
Don’t Let Unexpected Wet Weather Set Your Landscape Business Back
Enclosed Cab vs Open Station —Which Is Best for You?
Heating Up: Making the Most of a Busy Summer
Tracks or Tires? Making the Best Choice for Your Business
Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
Kubota Expands Its Bestselling Excavator Lineup
Access the Tightest Corners of Your Property Like Never Before
Zero-Turn or Stand-On: How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Business
Dig More ‘Pay Dirt’ on the Jobsite with Kubota’s Full-Line of Compact Construction Equipment
Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
Let’s Make Hay!
The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
Monitor Your Equipment with the myKubota App
New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
Learn Top Tips for Forage and Livestock Production – Exclusive Event
Kubota Awards $100,000 “Hometown Proud” Grant to Wayne County, TN
Blake Shelton Comes Home to Kubota Country
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Peterson Farm Brothers Review the Mighty M7 Series
Take a Closer Look at the KX040-4 with Kyle Stumpenhorst of Rural Renovators
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Ready to Up Your Equipment Game?

If you own a Kubota, you know that the equipment is reliable and provides value for years. Whether it's for traversing your land with a utility vehicle - like an RTV520 - or taking care of landscaping needs on your property with a BX Series sub-compact tractor, our equipment is intended to last. But as with everything, new models and attachments can make a big difference in suiting your needs. In this article, we’ll share a few guiding tenants and considerations for leveling up your equipment lineup.


Trusting and Maintaining Your Equipment

First and foremost, it’s important to note that Kubota equipment owners have confidence on their side. Our sub-compact and compact tractor lineup all have been rated #1 for reliability in the under 100 HP category for tractors in the United States according to Progressive Farmer.* With reliability built into the product, Kubota equipment is intended to suit your current needs today and into the future. A key tip for getting the most out of your equipment for years to come? Proper maintenance. Be sure to always review your product manual and consult with your local Kubota dealer to understand how and when routine maintenance checks should be completed. 


Adjusting to Your Changing Needs

While your equipment is built to last, you may realize that you have new needs for your property. Your current Kubota model may be able to handle the job, but there might be an alternative that works even better and harder for you. Property size is the most common motivation for enhancing your equipment. For example, let’s say that you decide to purchase additional land next to your large property, bringing your total acreage to 60 acres; it requires a considerable amount of clearing to create a feed plot for hunting. The Standard L Series you have in the shed would work, but the L60LE Series would offer deluxe features, allowing you to get the job done with even more comfort. 

Customers should also consider how they intend to move about the property. Adding a utility vehicle to your lineup, like an RTV-X1140, would increase your versatility on the land with its convertible cargo bed that moves from a 1-row with a long cargo box to a 2-row standard cargo box. 


Customizing Your Experience

Beyond looking to new models, there are many ways to upgrade your current Kubota equipment by accessorizing it to fit your new needs. With all of our Utility Vehicles, there are many accessories, including work-focused implements, which can be purchased along with the vehicle or even after purchase. Roofs, windshields and cab components can help improve comfort and keep the elements at bay. A variety of winches are offered, which can enhance your hunt experience or help get another piece of equipment out of a sticky situation. Brooms, debris blowers, snowblowers and spreaders can help make quick work of even the toughest jobs. Similarly, our subcompact and compact tractor lineups come with a host of available implements and attachments to complete the job, such as a third function valve, grapple or combination bucket, grading blades, mowers/cutters, etc. 


Getting Advice from Your Local Dealer

The best place to start is talking with your local Kubota dealer to discuss how a new piece of equipment can level up your product lineup for all your large property and land management needs. Our dealers are first-hand Kubota experts who can customize recommendations to your specific needs and ensure you get the most out of your equipment. 

If you’re curious about new equipment or want to start building a strong relationship with your dealer, find your nearest dealership at kubotausa.com/find-a-dealer.  



*"#1 rated reliability under 100 HP tractors in the USA."
Disclaimer: 2020 Progressive Farmer Reader Insights Awards for Fewest Reported Problems Overall in the category of Small Tractor (Under 100 Horse Power). Award based on 2020 Progressive Farmer Readers Insights Tractor Study. 
Grow Your Landscape Business with Kubota
Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality
Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage
Kubota’s Newest Compact Excavator, the U10-5, Receives Multiple Industry Awards and Recognition in 2022
Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter
Did you purchase or finance equipment in 2022? Don’t forget about the Section 179 tax deduction
Don’t Let Unexpected Wet Weather Set Your Landscape Business Back
Enclosed Cab vs Open Station —Which Is Best for You?
Heating Up: Making the Most of a Busy Summer
Tracks or Tires? Making the Best Choice for Your Business
Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
Kubota Expands Its Bestselling Excavator Lineup
Access the Tightest Corners of Your Property Like Never Before
Zero-Turn or Stand-On: How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Business
Dig More ‘Pay Dirt’ on the Jobsite with Kubota’s Full-Line of Compact Construction Equipment
Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
Let’s Make Hay!
The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
Monitor Your Equipment with the myKubota App
New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
Learn Top Tips for Forage and Livestock Production – Exclusive Event
Kubota Awards $100,000 “Hometown Proud” Grant to Wayne County, TN
Blake Shelton Comes Home to Kubota Country
Do More on Your Jobsite with Kubota Construction Equipment
Peterson Farm Brothers Review the Mighty M7 Series
Take a Closer Look at the KX040-4 with Kyle Stumpenhorst of Rural Renovators
Kubota Expands Partnership with Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute; Kubota Tech College Training Program Now Available to Students
Do You Know Your Kubota?
Harnessing the Power of University Programs to Help Improve Equipment and Tap Tomorrow’s Thought Leaders Today
Buck Commander Joins Kubota Country
Outdoors with the Morgans Gets a New Sidekick
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Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter

Landscape business owners know there's usually an abundance of downtime in the winter months. With lawns going dormant in most areas across the country and people spending less time outdoors enjoying their properties due to cold and wet weather, the demand for landscaping services tends to fall off quicker than the leaves from even the tallest trees.  

The seasonality of the landscape business can present challenging times for business owners each winter who are in need of keeping the work coming in to make ends meet until the sun starts shining again.

Rather than sitting around and hoping for an early spring, here are some tips to help you stay productive so your business doesn't go into hibernation mode over the winter months:

Lay the Groundwork for Winter Work

Regular communication with your customers can pay big dividends for short-term work as well as to set you up with work later in the year. Educating your customers is important because they may have misconceptions about the types of tasks you can do for them during the winter. 

For instance, your customers might think that trees, bushes and shrubs should only be planted in the spring, however, depending on the local climate and the type of vegetation you're planting, the fall and winter can be a great time to get these in the ground. And if you’re in need of the work, you may be able to entice them with a discount to get an early start on this work. 

Additionally, crabgrass and weed removal, reseeding lawns that have brown spots or thin patches, and pruning are tasks that are best handled over the winter. 

Branch Out With New or Seasonal Service Offerings

While your core business services might take a hit during the winter months, there’s no reason your service offerings can’t change with the seasons. Things like cleanup services, snow removal and salting, driveway cleaning, and even Christmas light installation are all in-demand jobs in the winter that you can provide to keep the work coming.

“Even if there isn’t grass to cut, your current clients may have other needs later in the year like leaf removal, snow removal, or other jobs they might outsource to other contractors,” says Tom Vachal, Kubota’s Senior Turf Product Manager. “Let your customers know you provide these services so you can continue to generate revenue through the off-season.”

Train Your Employees

It has been said that, “knowing is half the battle,” and that certainly holds true in the landscape business where knowledge is king. Having a team of well-trained technicians is on par with having a fleet of well-maintained equipment, and when you have both, you set your business up for greater success. 

Though the winter season may create short-term challenges for your bottom line, it can also serve as a golden opportunity to ensure your employees are trained properly and understand what is expected of them at all times. During the busy season when you’re moving from job to job, it can be hard to find time for employee training. The winter is your opportunity to make sure your crew is well-trained for the busy season ahead.

Learn about how Kubota’s Turf Fleet Program can help you grow your business

Find your local authorized Kubota dealer


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Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
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Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
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The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
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New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
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Did you purchase or finance equipment in 2022? Don’t forget about the Section 179 tax deduction

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 2022! 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 2022, 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 2022 to qualify it must be put to use in 2022 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. 

Limitations. Section 179 comes with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($1,080,000 for 2022), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,700,000 in 2022). 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 2022, 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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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.
Grow Your Landscape Business with Kubota
Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality
Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage
Kubota’s Newest Compact Excavator, the U10-5, Receives Multiple Industry Awards and Recognition in 2022
Ready to Up Your Equipment Game?
Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter
Don’t Let Unexpected Wet Weather Set Your Landscape Business Back
Enclosed Cab vs Open Station —Which Is Best for You?
Heating Up: Making the Most of a Busy Summer
Tracks or Tires? Making the Best Choice for Your Business
Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
Kubota Expands Its Bestselling Excavator Lineup
Access the Tightest Corners of Your Property Like Never Before
Zero-Turn or Stand-On: How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Business
Dig More ‘Pay Dirt’ on the Jobsite with Kubota’s Full-Line of Compact Construction Equipment
Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
Let’s Make Hay!
The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
Monitor Your Equipment with the myKubota App
New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
Learn Top Tips for Forage and Livestock Production – Exclusive Event
Kubota Awards $100,000 “Hometown Proud” Grant to Wayne County, TN
Blake Shelton Comes Home to Kubota Country
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Peterson Farm Brothers Review the Mighty M7 Series
Take a Closer Look at the KX040-4 with Kyle Stumpenhorst of Rural Renovators
Kubota Expands Partnership with Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute; Kubota Tech College Training Program Now Available to Students
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Don’t Let Unexpected Wet Weather Set Your Landscape Business Back

While the first day of spring is the official start of the busy season for most lawn care businesses around the country, by the time summer rolls around, your team has hit its stride and is firing on all cylinders. That is, until Mother Nature decides she has other plans and gives you a bout of unseasonal wet weather that keeps your crew on the sideline for the day.

Although it can be nearly impossible to predict when unexpected wet weather will strike, it is possible to have a plan in place for when it happens.

"Time is always of the essence for landscape crews, so staying efficient, even if the weather doesn't want to cooperate, is of the utmost importance," said Tom Vachal, Kubota's Senior Turf Product Manager. "No one wants downtime, but if you do get delayed by the weather, it's good to have a backup plan in place that will set you up for success once the weather clears up." 

Here are three tips to keep your team on track when the weather isn’t on your side:

Perform equipment maintenance

We know this is an obvious one, but we can’t underscore enough the importance regular maintenance has on maximizing productivity and extending the life of your equipment. Well-maintained equipment enables your crew to work harder and longer while also keeping equipment repair costs down in the long run. Doing things like checking drive and deck belts, sharpening mower blades, checking air and oil filters, and checking tire pressure will have your crew ready to hit the ground running once the rainy weather passes.

For guidance for servicing your Kubota turf equipment, check out the Know Your Kubota how-to video series or contact your local dealer.

Train your employees

It has been said that, “knowing is half the battle,” and that certainly holds true in the lawn care industry where knowledge is king. Having a team of well-trained technicians is on par with having a fleet of well-maintained equipment, and when you have both, you set your business up for greater success. 

Though a rainy day might be an inconvenience to your planned work schedule, it can also serve as a welcome pause to ensure your employees are trained properly and understand what is expected of them at all times. During the summer when you’re moving from job to job, it can be hard to find time for employee training. This is your opportunity.

Connect with your customers

When you’re at the work site and in the middle of the task at hand, rarely is there time for small talk with your customers. Oftentimes, a friendly wave through a window or a passing “hello” is the extent of your communication. But one of the quickest and easiest ways to generate new business is by talking to the customers you already serve. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and check in with them if you haven’t done so in several weeks or months. It’s possible they have some planned work on the horizon, but they don’t know it’s a service your business can provide. Don’t leave work on the table due to a lack of communication with your customers.

“Even if there isn’t grass to cut, your current clients may have other needs like leaf removal, snow removal, or jobs they might outsource to other contractors,” says Vachal. “Check in with your customers and offer up these services and continue to build revenue all year long.”

To learn about how Kubota’s Turf Fleet Program can help you grow your business, visit kubotausa.com/mowers/fleet-program. To find your local authorized Kubota dealer, visit kubotausa.com/find-a-dealer.


Grow Your Landscape Business with Kubota
Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality
Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage
Kubota’s Newest Compact Excavator, the U10-5, Receives Multiple Industry Awards and Recognition in 2022
Ready to Up Your Equipment Game?
Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter
Did you purchase or finance equipment in 2022? Don’t forget about the Section 179 tax deduction
Enclosed Cab vs Open Station —Which Is Best for You?
Heating Up: Making the Most of a Busy Summer
Tracks or Tires? Making the Best Choice for Your Business
Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
Kubota Expands Its Bestselling Excavator Lineup
Access the Tightest Corners of Your Property Like Never Before
Zero-Turn or Stand-On: How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Business
Dig More ‘Pay Dirt’ on the Jobsite with Kubota’s Full-Line of Compact Construction Equipment
Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
Let’s Make Hay!
The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
Monitor Your Equipment with the myKubota App
New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
Learn Top Tips for Forage and Livestock Production – Exclusive Event
Kubota Awards $100,000 “Hometown Proud” Grant to Wayne County, TN
Blake Shelton Comes Home to Kubota Country
Do More on Your Jobsite with Kubota Construction Equipment
Peterson Farm Brothers Review the Mighty M7 Series
Take a Closer Look at the KX040-4 with Kyle Stumpenhorst of Rural Renovators
Kubota Expands Partnership with Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute; Kubota Tech College Training Program Now Available to Students
Do You Know Your Kubota?
Harnessing the Power of University Programs to Help Improve Equipment and Tap Tomorrow’s Thought Leaders Today
Buck Commander Joins Kubota Country
Outdoors with the Morgans Gets a New Sidekick
Geared to Give: Iowa Army Veteran Receives Kubota M7, Baler
Enclosed Cab vs Open Station —Which Is Best for You?

When deciding between an enclosed cab or an open station or canopy for construction equipment, it’s important to think about the benefits for each and how they will fit your business and operator needs. There are a few key questions to help guide your decision. 

What climate will you be operating in?

Put simply, an enclosed cab with available A/C and heating allows for maximum operator comfort all year long for contractors whose business operates in warmer months with high temperatures, as well as in the winter for snow work. 

For operators who work in climates that remain consistent year-round, a climate-controlled cab might be an added benefit, but it may not be a requirement. Both an open station and canopy accommodate businesses in these types of conditions just as well. 

What work is intended for the equipment?

The worksite the equipment will be operated in is also important when deciding whether an enclosed cab or open station is fit for the work. 

The benefits of an open station or canopy in working conditions include:

  • Easy communication from operator to ground crew with no windows or doors to open, causing stall time

  • Simple entry and exit of the operator space

The benefits of an enclosed cab in working conditions include:

  • Noise reduction to prevent distractions from the operator

  • Provides a cleaner, more comfortable environment for the operator if dust and debris are a higher probability on the worksite

What budget or economic considerations do you have?

We hope the considerations listed above help you identify the best piece of equipment worth the investment. However, we also understand that the cost of your new or rental equipment may be the tie-breaking decision when making the choice for your business. 

The open station or canopy option for construction equipment provides a lower cost of entry for both first-time buyers and construction pros. Plus, the open station still provides protection for the operator while on the job.  

One the other hand, enclosed cab models may tend to be more popular for resale later.

Lucky for Kubota customers, most of our excavator, track loader and skid steer models include the enclosed cab or canopy option, helping widen your scope for selection. Contact your local dealer to discuss your options, seek recommended models or view equipment in person.


Grow Your Landscape Business with Kubota
Seven Tips for Optimal Forage Quality
Tips to Prepare Your Baler For Winter Storage
Kubota’s Newest Compact Excavator, the U10-5, Receives Multiple Industry Awards and Recognition in 2022
Ready to Up Your Equipment Game?
Don’t Let Your Landscape Business Go into Hibernation Mode Over the Winter
Did you purchase or finance equipment in 2022? Don’t forget about the Section 179 tax deduction
Don’t Let Unexpected Wet Weather Set Your Landscape Business Back
Heating Up: Making the Most of a Busy Summer
Tracks or Tires? Making the Best Choice for Your Business
Three Ways to Prepare for 2022’s First Cut
Kubota Expands Its Bestselling Excavator Lineup
Access the Tightest Corners of Your Property Like Never Before
Zero-Turn or Stand-On: How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Business
Dig More ‘Pay Dirt’ on the Jobsite with Kubota’s Full-Line of Compact Construction Equipment
Ready to Roll: Prepping Your Hay Equipment for Harvest
Three Pieces of Equipment Every Large Property Owner Needs to Have in their Shed
The BX Series: Power-Packed for Nearly All Your Property Needs
Kubota’s New RTV520 Takes Home Top Industry Award
Retired Marine Receives M8 Series Tractor Through “Geared to Give” Program
Kubota Steps Into Arena with PBR at Cowboys for a Cause Charity Event Aboard USS Lexington
New 2022 Commercial Turf Product Preview
Kubota’s New Turf Products for 2021 Take Home Awards
Winterizing Your Equipment: Maintaining Optimal Performance in the Winter Months
Let’s Make Hay!
The Justin Rhodes Show Comes to Kubota Country
Selecting the Perfect Kubota Mower for your Property
Monitor Your Equipment with the myKubota App
New Line of Performance-Matched Attachments Now Available for Kubota’s SCL1000 Stand-On Track Loader
Kubota Introduces U48-5: All-New, Tech-Forward, 5-Ton Tight Tail Excavator
Get Ready for a Wild Ride – Kubota Signs on as Official Tractor Partner of PBR
Learn Top Tips for Forage and Livestock Production – Exclusive Event
Kubota Awards $100,000 “Hometown Proud” Grant to Wayne County, TN
Blake Shelton Comes Home to Kubota Country
Do More on Your Jobsite with Kubota Construction Equipment
Peterson Farm Brothers Review the Mighty M7 Series