Browse Category: Products

r2c010668

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 

 shopping 10686148 4 3 2 1

 

 

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! 

 

 

2019_01_mowing

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.    

   50218019_2241530172532613_585160539273953280_n

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.    

  147_Beaumont_APR17

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 

New Year’s resolutions – Farm Edition

At the beginning of the year, thousands of people place a list of resolutions on the fridge and think this is going to be the year. The year of getting fit, eating healthy, try something new, traveling, or maybe just being nice to others or getting organized. Have you ever thought of having a New Year’s resolution for your John Deere equipment? We have a list of resolutions that can easily be applied to your farm, ranch or lawn care equipment.

  • Maintenance – Bring your equipment for its yearly maintenance. This could include an oil change, hydraulic hoses checked or replaced, etc. This is just an easy way to reduce the time spent trying to fix something during your busy season.

R2C005778_LSC

  • Inspections – while your equipment is in the shop, go ahead and have it inspected. Shoppa’s technicians may find an issue that could save you headaches in the future.
  • Stock up on oil, filters, and net wrap – Now is a great time to stock up on all your supplies such as oil, filters and net wrap. Not sure if you want to stock up? Well then check out our filter sale during the month of January.r4d087288_rrd
  •  Store your service manager’s number into your phone – I know this may sound like a weird resolution, but having your local service manager’s number stored into your phone could save you valuable time when you are broke down in a field.
  • Winterize your lawn mower – What a better way to get your lawn mower ready for the mowing season than to put all new blades, belts and getting an oil & filter change during the winter months? Getting this done as a New Year’s resolution will save you time and possible money later.

New Year’s resolutions offer a lot of benefits to a person whether it is health, finances, or just trying to be productive. All our New Year’s resolutions can help reduce potential stress, it’s always cheaper to buy in bulk and have everything maintained, and it will allow you to increase productivity. So, make sure you stop by your local Shoppa’s dealer to start your New Year’s resolution off right.

50-_MG_4091

My First Teal Hunt

“Have you ever been on a Teal hunt?” That was a question I got asked last week, and I am pretty sure what came out of my moth was “What is Teal?”. Growing up in Florida, my family hunted hogs, turkey and whitetail, but never duck. So, when Ben Anderson and his wife Ashley invited me to go on a Teal hunt with them, I jumped at the opportunity; even though I didn’t have a TX hunting license. But I did have my camera and that was good enough for me!  

When 4:45 am hit on Saturday, I was up, dressed, and out the door with my camera bag and cup of coffee ready to me the Andersons at 6 am in Lissie, TX. Once I met up with Ben, Ashley and a few of their friends, we were off to one of Ben’s rice fields that he had scoped out the evening before. By the time we got unloaded, drove the Gator to our spot, and got the decoys set up it was just about 7am. Barely able to see with all the fog and the sun just starting to light the sky, I put on my rubber boots, someone’s extra pair of water pants, and sat down in the middle of a road that separated 2 rice fields.  

I think everyone kinda expected to meet our limit of 30 Teal within an hour. Due to the fog, that “hour” quickly turned into 3, only shooting singles and doubles. For those of you who do not know, singles and doubles mean one or two birds flying together, not in a group. The group ended up getting 18 Teal and I had an absolute blast! Now do I get my hunting license or do I buy a pair of waders? Thanks Ben and Ashley for allowing me to tag along! 

1-_MG_3919 2-_MG_3921

6-_MG_39428-_MG_39449-_MG_395510-_MG_3956 11-_MG_395712-_MG_3959 13-_MG_3960  15-_MG_3965 16-_MG_3969 19-_MG_398720-_MG_3992 21-_MG_399322-_MG_3994 26-_MG_4002 27-_MG_400528-_MG_4007 30-_MG_4015 31-_MG_402132-_MG_4022 33-_MG_4028 34-_MG_403035-_MG_4034  37-_MG_404539-_MG_4054 40-_MG_4058 42-_MG_406543-_MG_4070 44-_MG_4072 45-_MG_407846-_MG_4081 48-_MG_4087 49-_MG_409050-_MG_409154-_MG_409751-_MG_4093 53-_MG_409655-_MG_4098  66-_MG_4123 65-_MG_4120     

4 Tips to Help Cure the Summer Time Weeds

Its summer time! That means hot days, afternoon showers, and WEEDS! Those darn weeds. They are annoying and a pain in the rear end! Now, almost everyone has their own concoction to gets rid of weeds. Here is the problem though, a majority of the time, weeds come back! So how do you get rid of them?

Alan Jackson has the answer: there ain’t no cure for the summer time weeds! Ok, he may have not sang it exactly that way, but it’s true, there ain’t no cure. You can try your hardest to get rid of them, but they will always win. However, here are some tips and tricks to try to keep them under control!

  • Walk your flower beds every other week – Hand pulling weeds every other week is the best way to find and get rid of weeds at a young age. R2C005321
  • Herbicides –  Herbicides are an option but many individuals have issues with chemicals, as kids and pets could get into them. However, herbicides like Roundup are the only way to control weeds without physically pulling weeds. Sure, there are more holistic, less abrasive herbicides. The negative of these holistic herbicides is that they don’t kill weeds for an extended period of time, like herbicides.
  • Mulch your beds – Mulching your beds is a great way to reduce the amount of weeds popping up in your flower beds. However, only use bark based mulches. Any mulches with color are a wood based mulch. Once wood fiber mulches degrade, they suck up all the nitrogen from the soil, which is necessary for plants. r2c005471_edited_RRD
  • Don’t use fabric – Gardening fabric is not the best thing for your flower beds. After laying weed fabric, a plant’s roots will not grow down through the fabric as intended, where weeds do the complete opposite. So if you are considering fabrics, just don’t do it!

I know these tips don’t cure your garden and flowerbeds of weeds, but they can limit your summer time blues!

r2g003107_mod2_RRD

Preparing for the Storm

June is the start of the six month hurricane season, and though the Texas Gulf Coast has not seen a major storm in nine years (Hurricane Ike), you never know when the next storm will hit. Here at Shoppa’s Farm Supply, we want you to be safe this season. I have gathered some tips that will help prepare you for a future storm.

R4E010677

When your area comes under a storm watch defined as storm conditions possible within the next 48 hours, or a storm warning defined as storm conditions are expected within 36 hours, making sure your family is safe and ready for the storm is your number one priority! Be prepared with:

  • Disaster Supply Kit – including:
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Cash
    • First aid kits
    • Two weeks’ worth of non-perishable food and water, in case you are flooded in or power lines are down.
    • Copies of critical information such as birth certificates, social security cards, bank information, proof of insurance, etc. all in case of an evacuation.
  • Alert System – Be sure your family has some type of method to receive alerts on the storm such as text, email or radio. Check your county’s website to see if they have an email or text alert system.
  • Communications plan – Having walkie-talkies or cell phones allow for easy communications between family members, and to let them know where you are at.
  • Generator – A portable generator, like the John Deere AC-G3010H Small Frame Generator, can allow you to supply electricity to keep smaller electronic devices powered through the storm.

R4E032946

 

Once your family is safe, prepare your property and livestock. Keep in mind:

  • Trees – Dead limbs or trees can fall down and cause property damage if not removed. Prepare yourself by keeping trees trimmed and removing any dead trees from the property, no matter the size. Trimming could also reduce your chances of down power lines that were a result of falling branches.
  • Water damage – Clear out ditches and rain gutters. If clogged, water could rise and flood fields, cause water damage to barns and homes along with road damage.
  • Down fences – Check fences for down wire, rotten post, etc. Down fences increase the risk of livestock getting tangled in fence lines and getting out onto roads.
  • Don’t put your animals in the barn – keeping your animals in barns increases their risk of injury or death. Structure damage or destruction is always a concern during a storm. Putting them a pasture or fenced area allows them to move away from debris.
  • Animal Feed – Keep a two week supply of feed in an elevated, dry area to reduce any chance of getting water damage. This allows you to keep you animals fed and happy.
  • Water – Install a handle pump at select wells to supply your livestock with fresh water. Livestock can die of dehydration due to limited supply of fresh water.

When the storm passes, you are safe to go back or come out of your home. Though safe from the storm; debris, down power lines and flood waters are dangerous and should be avoided when checking property. Take pictures of any property damage and safely cover areas to prevent any further damage. If you have any questions or would like more information on preparing for the storm, checkout these resources: