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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

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 

5 Reasons to Shop at Shoppa’s

Ok we will be honest; you are probably tired of seeing these “why you should shop with us” blogs and marketing taglines; it’s cliché. But sometimes though, they can be super beneficial for someone who is new to the area, new to a life-style or is in the need for a specific product. That is why we are giving you 5 great reasons to “shop at Shoppa’s”.

  1. Family Owned – The Shoppa family opened their first store in Bay City in 1982. Thirty –five years later, Shoppa’s Farm Supply has grown to 8 stores locations while still being family owned and operated (our employees are family too!).
  2. We are local – Local employees in a local business supplying superior products to our local communities and customers. What more could you want?
  3. We are here for you – Shoppa’s is always there for you, our customer. Whether it is our friendly parts and service departments or our on-sight services, we want you get back to doing what you love, driving a John Deere. Parts counter
  4. We support you and the community – Since we are local and always there for you, why shouldn’t we support our communities? Shoppa’s sponsors all types of events from the Houston Livestock Stock Show and Rodeo, the Crosby Fair and Rodeo, the Danny Dietz Memorial event and many others. But, it’s not just the community we support; it’s the kids as well. Buying  4-H and FFA projects at local county fairs to our 10K for FFA, a fundraising event for all FFA chapters in our areas; Shoppa’s wants to support our kids because they are the future.Officers  file-1
  5. We sell only the highest quality equipment and products – For 180 years, John Deere has been committed to producing the highest quality products for the agriculture industry. Whether you are a small ag business, large ag or an individual who just loves to take of their lawn, we want you to have only the best, American made products with a lifestyle all its own.Track in front of Beaumont sign

We have given you only 5 reasons why you should shop at Shoppa’s. There are so many more. Wait, you already shop at Shoppa’s? Tell us why you shop with us with a Google or Facebook review.  We appreciate all our customers and would enjoy reading your stories on how you put the best equipment in the world, John Deere, to work on your property.