TERP Grants Program: Do I Qualify?

Last week, Shoppa’s began helping eligible customers apply for the 2021-2022 Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) program. The grants, which are part of the Texas legislature’s efforts to improve air quality in specific counties, are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). Grant recipients typically receive significant funding to apply toward new equipment.

The owner of this tractor received a $71,117 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Qualifying Locations

Here in the Houston area, you must use your equipment at least 55% of the time in any of the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange and Waller.

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Qualifying Equipment

Equipment used mostly for competition or recreational purposes is not eligible for funding. Qualifying equipment includes:

  • On-road heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,501 pounds
  • Non-road equipment powered by an engine rated at 25 horsepower or greater
The owner of this tractor received a $17,000 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Contact Us for Help with the TERP Application

Think your old equipment might qualify for a TERP grant? Call us at 979-335-4887 to talk with our team about applying for the grant and exchanging your old tractors for updated, better-performing equipment. Applications can be accepted now through January 11, 2020.

Learn More

Visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website for detailed information on the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

The Snakebite: My John Deere Tractor Story

Earlier this fall, 4-year-old Jathan Muras was bitten by a copperhead and had to spend several days in the hospital. What helped cheer him up during his recovery? (Hint: Lots of green and yellow!) Learn more in today’s video featuring the Muras family’s John Deere Tractor Story.

Michael Jones: My John Deere Tractor Story

When first-time tractor owner Michael Jones started looking for equipment to help manage his land in Bastrop, he initially considered a number of different brands. Discover why he ultimately decided on a John Deere 3025E from Shoppa’s in today’s John Deere Tractor Story!

Your Top 3 Construction Equipment Questions: Answered

With our construction specials in full swing this month, we asked our experts — Shawn Meinkowsky and Richard Potts — for your top three FAQ. Here’s what they said:

How much extra is a cab unit vs. a canopy unit?

Prices vary depending on the model, but are usually in the $4,000-$6,000 range.

What do I need to run a mulching attachment?

We recommend the John Deere 333G compact track loader with the severe-duty door and high-flow hydraulics. The forestry package is also recommended as a dealer-installed option for your safety.

Are these units keyless? How do I prevent theft?

Most units are keyless. Keyless-start units may be programmed with a three-to-five-digit owner code (plus multiple operator codes) to prevent theft. The owner code and/or operator codes can be changed by the owner at any time. The owner has the option to choose “Prompt for Lock,”, “Auto Lock – 5 minutes” or “Auto Lock – 60 minutes.” The owner can also disable the anti-theft feature at any time.

Bonus Question! What is the lift or load capacity of a John Deere CTL?

Tipping load/safe lift capacity varies by model, but typically is 10,570 pounds. Please tell us what jobs or tasks that you plan on using the machine for so that we can recommend a model with enough lift capacity to suit your needs.

StarFire 3000 & 6000 Required Update

StarFire Receiver 20-2 Mandatory Update

In early August 2020, the StarFire™ 20-2 software update will be available. This software update, will be a “Mandatory Update” for both StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers and includes software fixes plus a few new features. Changes coming with the 20-2 software update also prepare the StarFire network to support new satellite constellations and the next generation StarFire receiver.

Critical Update Timeline

  • August 2020 – Required 20-2 Software update for StarFire 3000 and 6000 receivers becomes available
  • October 15th, 2020 – Updates should be completed on StarFire 3000 and 6000 units
  • December 2020 – RTK Base stations will be updated to the 20-2 Software
  • February 1, 2021 – Deadline to complete 20-2 software update, receivers not updated to 20-2 by this time will not receive the StarFire signal and as such will only operate in WASS until updated to 20-2.

Additional Reminder on StarFire iTC Receivers

StarFire iTC receivers will no longer function beginning February 1st, 2021 and will no long receive the StarFire signal. StarFire iTC receivers will continue to operate in WAAS until approximately 2026 or when the US GPS satellite constellation P(Y) code is retired and may continue to be used for yield mapping. Guidance applications including AutoTrac™ will not be available.

StarFire 6000 New Features

StarFire software update 20-2 for StarFire 6000 receivers will also include the following new features:

  • Continuous Data Logging
  • New RTK Extend (RTK-X) and John Deere Mobile RTK (M-RTK) status added
  • Shared Signal and Machine Sync Compatibility

Updating & Assistance

Additional information regarding the update and instructions for updating receivers will be available in August when the 20-2 Software update becomes available. Contact our ISG team with questions, concerns, or assistance in updating your receivers directly.

Arthur Etheridgearet@shoppas.com

Matthew Zahnmzahn@shoppas.com

Jacob Wilkersonjwilkerson@shoppas.com

Ben Sharpbsharp@shoppas.com

James Jopling – jajo@shoppas.com

Or Call the El Campo location at 979-543-8363

DIY Corn Bin

Summertime can be an absolute blast for kid, but many of them been home since March and are growing restless. It is time to liven some things up around the house. It’s time to get a little corny! It’s time to make a corn bin? What is a corn bin? A corn bin is like sand box, but it is easier to clean up. Here is a cheap and easy way to make a corn bin.

Materials: 

  • Plastic kiddie pool or a large box that you can easily clean up later. 
  • 1-2 40lb bags of whole kernel deer corn. You can purchase this at a feed store or Academy. 
  • A fleet of John Deere toy tractors 

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Directions: 

  1. Place the kiddie pool (or bin) outside under a shaded area. We suggest somewhere that gets shade all day long so the kids can play in it at any point of the day. 
  2. Dump 1-2 bags of deer corn in the bin. 
  3. Put a bunch of John Deere toy tractors in the bin. It’s play time. (Shoppa’s John Deere has toy tractors so go by one of our 8 locations and add to your collection)  

 

That’s it! A corn bin is an easy and affordable project that results in hours of fun for kids. 

P.S. Watch out. It may attract deer to your backyard! 

 

 

Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Though summer vacations are not an option for many due to COVID, crops, and harvest, you can still have fun. Need some fun ideas, though? Don’t worry. We created a Summer Bucket List with some great ideas that are budget-friendly, summer-themed, and, most of all, fun!   

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  • Bale Hay  
  • Picnic in the back of the Gator  
  • Drive the tractor to DQ to get ice cream  
  • Make ice cream  
  • Go fishing on the lake or bay  
  • Float the Frio  
  • Catch fireflies  
  • Spend the weekend at the hunting camp  
  • Shell Corn  
  • Movie night with the movie projected on the barn  
  • Plant a summer garden  
  • Shooting cans off the fence post with BB Guns  
  • Watermelon on the porch  
  • BBQ Anything  
  • Go swimming in the pond or lake  
  • Run through the sprinklers  
  • Neighborhood Cornhole or Washers tournament  
  • Bake a cake or cookies for the kids with the kids and share with your neighbors  
  • Make a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons  
  • Grab some sacks from the mill and have sack races  
  • Go on a snipe hunt with flashlights  
  • Try a new IPA beer  

 

 

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You don’t have to complete all of these, but let us know which ones you want to cross off. Or tell us what you would add to the bucket list in the comments below!   

2020 Father’s day Gift Guide

There are all types of Dads in this world. The loving Dad, the stern Dad, the Dad of a few words, the Dad who embarrasses you in front of your crush. no matter what type of Dad you have, he still deserves the best, so, give him the best. We have a list of great Father’s Day gift ideas for any Dad.  

  • John Deere Weber Grill for the Dad who loves to cook!  

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  • A lawnmower, for the man who just wants his mower to start and run. Nothing runs like a Deere. 

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  • Stihl products for the man who edges, weed eats, blows off the driveway or, pretends to be a lumberjack.  

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  • Gun Safe for the Dad, who has a valuable collection. Girls, this is a great one because the guns can be locked up when you bring home your new boyfriend.  

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  • Tool Box full of goodies for new Dad, who has no clue what he is doing but needs to start somewhere 

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  • A Gator for the dad who loves going for an evening drive. 

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  • Gift Certificate for the hard to shop for Dad. 

 

No matter what type of Dad you may have, Shoppa’s has everything he wants or needs. Stop by any of our 8 locations and get a gift your Dad will love. If you have any other great Father’s Day gift ideas, let us know in the comments below. 

 

6 Reasons to try Shoppa’s Connect

As a customer of Shoppa’s John Deere, you receive a lot of customer benefits. Warranties, excellent customer service, and quality equipment. But like all things, sometimes you need help with parts and service. At Shoppa’s, we want to take care of you. That is why we have introduced Shoppa’s Connect, a website that customers can use for a wide variety of tasks. These can be very beneficial to you. Here are our 6 reasons why you should give Shoppa’s Connect a try!  

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  1. Shop for parts from anywhere– Realize you need a part but can’t get to the store, or is it after hours? Order your parts through Shoppa’s Connect and have it delivered, or you can pick it up at the store. It is that easy. Let us show you how! 
  2. Manage your equipment list – Do you own several pieces of equipment from Shoppa’s? You can access the equipment that is linked it to your account in your Shoppa’s file. This is beneficial when searching for a specific part for a piece of equipment, or if you need to request service. 
  3. Link parts to your equipment list – Once your equipment list is linked to your Shoppa’s Connect account, you can link the parts to the equipment. When you need an oil filter for your 5055E, just look up your 5055E and click on the oil filter.  
  4. Send service requests – There is going to come a time when the service department needs to save the day. You can send a service request right through the app! 
  5. Look up all your Shoppa’s invoices – Lost your original copy of an invoice? No problem! You can pull all your invoices from Shoppa’s right on the app under the My Invoices tab. 
  6. View our used equipment inventory – Maybe it is time to look for a used piece of equipment. Search our wide selection of used inventory and find the right piece of used equipment for you.  

No matter if you have a lawnmower or 50 pieces of large ag equipment, Shoppa’s Connect is your assistant. Are you ready to get yours? Then sign up for an account at www.shoppasconnect.com. If you need help signing up, watch this video. Once you are signed up and ready to go, keep Shoppa’s Connect with you at all times through an app on your phone by saving it to your home screen. Once you have saved it to your phone, let us know what you think of Shoppa’s Connect below! 

What to Consider When Buying a Compact Tractor for the First Time

You have been thinking about it for so long, and it is finally time to purchase your first tractor. It must be something that can help you complete your task and make you proud of where you are and the lifestyle you have chosen. You know you want a John Deere tractor; you are not sure what size or how to purchase it. Let us take you through the buying process of buying a compact tractor from Shoppa’s.    

 

When buying a compact tractor, customers may ask the question, “what size tractor do I need?” Most first time buyers are not sure what size tractor they need or what would work best for them. That is why Shoppa’s salesmen ask our customers questions to help better understanding what they need. Questions can include:    

  • How many acres do you have? – Which can determine how big of a tractor you will need.    
  • Do you have any tractor experience? – This question can determine if you want a Power Reverse or Hydrostatic Transmission.    
  • What types of tasks do you want to be able to accomplish? – This question can determine how much horsepower and the variety of implements you need.    
  • What is your budget? – We want to be able to fit your budget.    
  • How much time do you want to spend on the tractor? – Knowing how much time you would like to spend on the tractor will determine which features are best for you.   
  • Would you like a cab? – An open station is a cheaper option, but a cabbed tractor has heating, a/c, and can protect you from the elements.    
  • Do you want 2wd/ 4wd? – All compacts come with a 4wd option, which is great for moving dirt or when using any ground-engaging implement.    
  • Do you need a trailer? – If you will be hauling your tractor often and do not have a trailer, we offer packages that include a Ranch King trailer.    

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Once your salesman has an idea of what you are needing, we can give you different compact tractor options within your budget. When you decide to purchase a tractor, we will walk you through the purchase process. We will first build the tractor “package” you are looking for to give you the exact cost. We will inform our customers about potential discount options such as military and Farm Bureau discounts, as well as consider Texas Ag Exemption and insurance.    

  

After building your package, adding discounts/ag exemptions, and insurance, you will have the option to pay cash or to finance. When financing, we will need a copy of your driver’s license and your social security number to send off a credit application. It is also important to know if you will be making a down payment of 10% with monthly payments or 20% down with annual payments. Credit applications usually come back within a few minutes.    

    

Great! You are now approved to purchase a John Deere compact tractor! You will have two papers to sign. One is a contract agreeing to a monthly/annual payment option. The second is a purchase order. A purchase order serves as a receipt or an invoice for the purchase. We will then get your tractor ready for pick up or delivery. We do offer delivery options in which the cost varies depending on the size of equipment and mileage. When your compact tractor is ready, it will come with an operator’s manual and two keys.    

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Now you are prepared to tackle your list of tasks and drive off into the sunset with your very own John Deere Compact Tractor. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about John Deere Compact Tractors and other John Deere products, contact your local Shoppa’s store. Store locations include:   

   

  • Beaumont – 409-842-1128   
  • Liberty – 936-336-7226    
  • East Bernard – 979-335-4887   
  • El Campo – 979-543-8363   
  • Bay City – 979-245-2711   
  • Victoria – 361-578-7072   
  • Shiner – 361-594-3312   
  • Giddings – 979-542-2259