Photos From Out West

Drive Green Utility Tractor Show - Reno BranchOur Drive Green Utility Tractor Show is winding down for the time being. But that doesn’t mean I won’t have some more new information posted here. Take today for example.

I just received photos from multiple western U.S. stops and have placed them into a new photo album which you can find here: Reno Branch Photo Album.

There are photos in there from cities like Odgen, South Jordan, Grand Junction, Yuba City, Chico, Salem, Pasco and Missoula. Thanks to Sarah Ruth for getting them to me.

So in coming days we’ll get a wrapup report from our truck driver, find out the final contest winner and even more. In the meantime, enjoy all the photos, videos and interviews.

What Happened in Redmond and Salem, OR

Drive Green Utility Tractor Show - SalemHere are the latest updates from Sarah Ruth, Reno Branch, John Deere.

After finishing up the state of California, the caravan traveled to Redmond and Salem, Oregon. Floyd A Boyd hosted their Drive Green event in conjunction with their Grand Opening celebration in Redmond while Fisher Farm and Lawn hosted their event in Salem on Memorial Day weekend.


Central Oregon is known for small and commercial hay tools. Because of the cattle, equine and hay markets, the Utility Tractor lineup are ideal for traditional farms and cattle operations, small part time producers, as well as large property owners. The 5E-Limited Series tractors as well as the 6D are gaining popularity with producers because of their cost efficient and basic options for their everyday needs. One of the main products produced in western Oregon is a high quality alfalfa, and our full line of utility tractors performs well in this market.

A special thanks to Dan Borchard and his employees covering Floyd A Boyd’s five store operation.


Somewhat different from Redmond, the producers around Salem are primarily focused on grass seed production, large scale nursery production, small row crops, berries and vineyards. Traditional farmers in the Willamette Valley produce a diversified crop for Americans. The complete line of John Deere Utility Tractor’s fit the needs of producers in this area, especially the 5E-Limited and 6D. Competitors have been successful in the past with lower specification tractors, but our new lineup provides new opportunities for the cost conscious buyer.

A special thanks to Jake Barge and staff at Fisher Farm and Lawn, Territory Manager, Kurt Druffel and Territory Customer Support Manager, Bob Emanaul for their assistance in hosting and executing the Drive Green event in Salem, Oregon during their Memorial Day weekend.

These events provide a great opportunity to showcase the Frontier implements in addition to our Utility Tractors. Whether your are a first-time buyer or an experienced operator, our Utility Tractors are easy to operate and deliver excellent torque and usable power without sacrificing fuel economy; providing More Deere for Less Dough. The equipment featured on this caravan is ideal for property owners, part-time producers, traditional producers, livestock operations, commercial landscapers as well as government and municipalities. As you can see, whatever the chore or project, John Deere has a tractor for you to get the job done. We look forward to sharing more information as well as the features and benefits of our new John Deere Utility Tractors at any of our upcoming shows near you. In the meantime, more information about the products featured can be found online at www.deere.com

Thanks and see you down the highway!

Drive Green Western Summary

Drive Green Utility Tractor Show - OgdenOur Sales Promotion Coordinator for John Deere in the Reno Branch is Sarah Ruth. She has once again sent in a summary of our show stops way out west.

Ogden and South Jordan, Utah

Our first two events were hosted by Greenline Equipment and supported by their five locations throughout Utah and Idaho. The first event was held at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden, Utah during a week long NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) event. The second was held at the South Jordan Equestrian Center in South Jordan, Utah. In addition to the Utility Tractors, a showcase of commercial mowing equipment was featured. These two areas also have a large population of equine making the Riata Rake a perfect Frontier implement to use with this lineup of John Deere tractors. Farmers in the Ogden area use our equipment to produce hay, corn silage for dairies as well as wheat.

A special thanks to Lyle Zaugg, Dave Combe, Sandy LoPresti, Jamie Trinchitella and all the employees from Greenline Equipment for their support and contribution to making this event a success.

Grand Junction, Colorado

Our third event was held in Grand Junction, Colorado and hosted by Delta Implement. In addition to producers growing hay and corn, Grand Junction is known for their specialty crops such as peaches, grapes and apples. The John Deere 5 series tractors are most commonly used for harvesting and handling hay, moving snow, and some narrows for the specialty crops in nearby Palisade. Many are also used to maintain LPO properties and around the farm utility tractors.

A special thanks to Marv Meyers and his staff at Delta Implement for their support and contribution to the event.

This was a great opportunity to showcase the Frontier implements in addition to our Utility Tractors. Whether your are a first-time buyer or an experienced operator, our Utility Tractors are easy to operate and deliver excellent torque and usable power without sacrificing fuel economy; providing More Deere for Less Dough. The equipment featured on this caravan is ideal for property owners, part-time producers, traditional producers, livestock operations, commercial landscapers as well as government and municipalities. As you can see, whatever the chore or project, John Deere has a tractor for you to get the job done. We look forward to sharing more information as well as the features and benefits of our new John Deere Utility Tractors at any of our upcoming shows near you. In the meantime, more information about the products featured can be found online at www.deere.com.

Thanks and see you down the highway!

Visiting North Washington Implement

North Washington ImplementWell we’re on location once again. This time at North Washington Implement in Lynden, WA. This is beautiful country here in an area I haven’t personally visited before. I added a couple of photos I took on the way here this morning to show some of the scenery.

Our show event is now underway and I’ll be conducting interviews and taking more photos throughout the next several hours.

You can find the beginning of my event photo album here: North Washington Implement Photo Album

Shelby County Fairgrounds

Drive Green ShelbyvilleYour DriveGreenTractors.com blogger was on the road in Washington, DC this week working on a project but now he’s back in action.

I just received in these photos in my in box from our event in Shelbyville, KY. It’s always nice to have photos sent in that we can share with you.

Limestone Farm Lawn Worksite sponsored the event that took place at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

Drive Green ShelbyvilleThey had beautiful weather and had a good customer turn out in the heart of horse country between Louisville and Lexington, KY.

There was a great deal of interest in small ag tractors and implements, specifically machines that meet the needs of equine enthusiasts including John Deere and Frontier hay tools and attachments.

If any of you dealers have photos of an event at your facility that I wasn’t able to attend please let me know and I can give you the contact information of who to send them to so we can add them to our growing library.

On Location In Marietta, OH

Marietta, OHThe Drive Green Utility Tractor Show was on location in Marietta, OH this week.

Our host was Bridgeport Equipment and just like at most of our stops, visitor were able to see for themselves all the new utility tractors and available implements, plus the new “Kicker” Gator™ utility vehicle.

Area residents interested in riding, driving and learning more about the latest in new utility tractors and other property maintenance equipment came out to participate in the fun.

Marietta, OHOur specially outfitted Drive Green Utility Tractor Show semi-truck and trailer was getting lots of attention as usual.

I’ll have another edition of the Truck Driver Diary coming up soon so you can meet our third member of the truck driving team.

I’ll be back on location next week as we wind up our tour dates in the eastern part of the country.

So I’ll see you from the road again then.

James River Equipment Event in Concord, NC

Concord, NC EventI didn’t get to attend the James River Equipment event in Concord, NC but I did receive a couple photos to share and some information to share with you.

Nearly 150 people attended the show at the Cabarrus County Event Center. The indoor facility provided plenty of room to hold the tractors on the Drive Green truck and the equipment that JRE provided. And there was a lot of equipment including a John Deere 6115D Tractor with 358 Baler, a 6430 Tractor with 530 Mo-Co, a 5425 Tractor, a 5203 Tractor, and new 5D and 5E Series Tractors. In addition there was commercial mowing equipment, John Deere Gators™, riding lawn equipment, and workshop products also on display.
Concord, NC Event
After sitting down for lunch, customers were presented with information on the full lineup of new John Deere utility tractors. Following the presentations, several names were drawn for the various door prizes.

The event wrapped up with a ride and drive session where customers went outside to test drive all of the equipment on display.

Drive A Deere And See A Deer

Dixie Deer ClassicThe crowd is already picking up at the Drive Green Utility Tractor Show exhibits at the Dixie Deer Classic.

Come on out and see a new kind of Deere.

Besides our display of tractors and Gators, you can get on a tractor for a quick drive and then we’ve got presentations scheduled this evening at 6pm and tomorrow at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

I’ll be on location today and tomorrow and hope to find out what some of these folks have to say and bring it to you right here.

I’ve already started a photo album which you can find here: Dixie Deer Classic Photo Album

The Sun Was Shining On SunSouth

Driving a Gator in Kenedy, TXIt wasn’t hard picking a photo to use out the set I got from the SunSouth, Dothan, AL event. These kids sure seemed to be having fun.

Hundreds of people flocked to the extravaganza. Activities included six demonstration stations, an arena show, and lunch. In addition to the new 3E, 5E, 5D, 5M, and 6D tractors, an assortment of John Deere utility vehicles, Z Trak mowers, and riding lawn equipment were displayed.

DeWayne Williams, store manager, coordinated the planning, promotion, and execution of the dynamic event. Registered guests were presented a gift bag from the dealership. Door prizes were awarded every 15 minutes. Guests were treated to catered, but on-site grilled, extraordinary home-style ribs and all the fixings

Demonstration stations were set up for men, women, and children. Dealership personnel and John Deere personnel helped with the demonstrations. Tim Cagle, Frontier Field Product Specialist, worked with the Plot Master demonstrations. Andrea Rekeweg, Sales Promotion Coordinator, facilitated the XUV and toy Gator demo track. Kent Dold, TCSM, orchestrated the attach-ability stations. Allen Edwards and Dick Gohlke presented the arena show. The features and benefits of all the new tractor models were broadcast to customers as they ate lunch. Individuals were then able to visit displays for one on one presentations.

You can photos from the event here: SunSouth Photo Album

Hattiesburg Event Brings Tractor Lovers Out

Hattiesburg, MS EventThanks to the folks who attended the Drive Green event in Hattiesburg, MS, we got some photos and information to share.

The event was well attended with people from all around South Mississippi and flowed very smoothly. Our products included, of course, 6D, 5D, 5E and the 3E Series. We also had XUV Gators and ZTraks showcased at the event. Instructors, Dick Gohlke and Allen Edwards did an excellent job of presenting. Tim Cagle also highlighted Frontier products.

Although the weather was a little iffy in the morning, by the afternoon it cleared up and the sun actually came out before the event was over.

Thanks to everyone for their help and participation in the event.

I’ve uploaded the photos sent along into a set online which you can find with this link.

I’m gearing up for our stop tomorrow in Murfreesboro, TN at the Miller Coliseum. See you there.

Stephenville Stop a Huge Success

Stephenville StopWhile we’re gearing up for a great ring show here in Ft. Worth, I thought I’d share a photo and some information from last weekend’s event at Bramlett Implement in Stephenville, TX. It’s great seeing our young people involved at these events. This little girl sure seems to have enjoyed herself.

The event started well before 9:00. Coffee, Donuts, Soft Drinks, and Water were available for everyone in attendance.

The location couldn’t have been better and the promotional material was on target. In the weeks leading to the event, there were radio ads, flyers, posters, and invitations. There were 3 radio stations present all doing radio spots. Bramlett Implement provided entertainment for children also. They provided a “Jump-Around” and battery-powered Gators and a 4-Wheeler for them to ride on the recently poured asphalt. Several participants were able to Ride and Drive, ask questions, and make purchases.

Estimated Participant count is well over 500.

Way to go Stephenville, TX!

Set Up at Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

We are on location at the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The day started off a little cool but it’s sunny and warm now. We’re expecting a lot of people to stop and see us at our display.

Ft. Worth Stock Show Display

Tomorrow evening we’ll have a ring show in Watt Arena starting at 6pm. This is going to be fun.

I’ve got a photo album started for the event which you can find here: Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Photo Album

Houston Farm and Ranch Club

Driving Green at Houston Farm and Ranch ClubHello from the Houston Farm and Ranch Club.

This is the kickoff location for the Drive Green Utility Tractor Show in 2009, the Year of the Utility Tractor. I sure wish the new President had mentioned that in his inaugural speech today. It definitely is an exciting time and I hope you have a chance to pay us a visit. We’ll keep updating the schedule for you so you’ll see where we’re going to be.

I was on location this afternoon as the show was getting set up and you can find some photos in the Houston Farm and Ranch Club photo album.

Stay tuned for lots of interviews and pictures from tomorrow’s event.

Getting Your Chance To Drive a Gator

Test Driving a GatorTest driving the new John Deere equipment is what the show is all about and during the first stops a lot of people have had that chance like Eric Honigman, seen here checking out a new Gator utility vehicle.

After he got to drive it I spoke with him about the experience. He said, “I like ’em. They operate pretty smooth. That’s what I like.” He’d like to have a vehicle like this to use in some hilly area where he lives. He thinks he needs four wheel drive but had never had a chance to drive a vehicle equipped that way. He says that’s why he came out to the Middleburg, FL show stop.

You can listen to my interview with Eric here: jd-middleburg-honigman.mp3

Test Drive Even If You Haven’t Driven Before

Ride and DriveWith only a few stops under our belt so far I’ve already found out that the people who show up to test drive a tractor aren’t necessarily “local.”

Take Cindy and Sara Hicks here. They’re from Indiana where they have an 89 acre farm. After a test drive, Cindy says, “We would definitely get this.”

She encourages everyone to come on out to one of the stops even if they’ve never driven a tractor.

You can listen to my interview with then here: jd-middleburg-hicks.mp3

Generations of Tractor Lovers

Generations of John Deere LoversWe saw that the love of green tractors is very generational today when Charles Hollingsworth came out to the show stop at GreenSouth Equipment with his great grandson.

He says that he was waiting on the boy’s Daddy to show up and take care of him so he could spend some time looking at the new equipment. One of the things he likes best about them is how “comfortable” they are.

You can listen to my interview with him here: jd-gainesville-grandpa.mp3

Gainesville Show Stop Has Started

GreenSouth Equipment in GainesvilleThe Drive Green Utility Tractor Show rolls on to Gainesville, FL at another GreenSouth Equipment location and the action is underway. Boy do I hope the weather stays like this throughout all the stops in the schedule.

I’m taking a break to use some internet access in the company office and get some pictures uploaded for you which you can find in the GreenSouth Equipment – Gainesville photo album.

There’s a lot of test driving and discussion going on and I recorded the presentations about the tractors that are part of the show which got us started out here. I’ll be posting them in coming days.

The First Ride and Drive

Ride and DriveOne of the features of the Drive Green Utility Tractor Show is the opportunity to test drive a new tractor or utility vehicle. That’s what a lot of people did at GreenSouth Equipment at the kickoff event.

Here’s our first tractor tester, Jeremy Mathis, getting a look at the new John Deere 5065E. I spoke with Jeremy after his drive and he says it was his first chance to drive a tractor this size. He liked the features he saw and says that he and a relative are looking for a utility tractor to use with land development projects they’re working on.

You can listen to my interview with Jeremy here: jd-middleburg-mathis.mp3

I also caught Jeremy in action so you can see what it’s like to come out to a Drive Green event when it comes to your area.

And don’t forget to check out our first day’s photo album.

GreenSouth Equipment Manager

The Manager of GreenSouth Equipment here in Middleburg, FL is Jonathan Watts. He’s got a pretty display set up for people who are in the market for a new utility vehicle or tractor. I spoke to him as we got started today to see what’s going on at this kickoff event.