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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! 

Feature Friday – Ralph Seidel

Headshots_Bios_2018 (10 of 13)Name:  Ralph Seidel
Store: Victoria
Title: Transportation and Small Ag Set-Up Manager

Have you ever had a piece of equipment from Shoppa’s delivered? If so, it is all thanks to Ralph Seidel. As the Transportation and Small Ag Set Up Manager, Ralph is in charge of making sure all small ag equipment is ready for sale, all 8 locations are fully stocked, and that all sold equipment is delivered. Ralph has 15+ years of experience working with Shoppa’s, and some remember him as the Store Manager for our Bay City store before moving to Victoria. When he is not the “make it happen” guy, Ralph loves to spend time with family and work on the farm. He is a die-hard Texas Aggie fan, loves Crown Royal, poppy seed kolaches, and Minions. But not necessarily in that order.

Stay Safe During Harvest

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As the pace of harvest season starts to pick up, farmers may start to get in a rush. Whether it is because of rain, limited amount of combines or too many fields ready all at once, harvest is fast pace and long hours. However, rushing through harvest can be dangerous. There are multiple types of hazards that could cause injury including:

  • Being entangled in with the leveling or discharge augers.
  • Falling from the combine
  • Hitting low powerlines, bridges, and other hazards
  • Being run over
  • Coming into contact with the knife, reel or stripper rotor
  • Coming into contact with the straw chopper or spreader
  • Being trapped under the header/injured by the header falling from its transport trailer
  • Being injured by driving mechanisms
  • Dust
  • Fires
  • Noise

The list goes on and on. With the number of hazards for potential injuries, you still have to get those crops harvested. So here are some of our tips to keep you safe during harvest.

  • Set aside time to properly prepare the combine for harvest. – Checking your combine before harvest can save you time and money. Check and repair anything that could be a hazard to you and others, including loose latter platforms, handrails, steps, missing safety covers and access panels. Don’t have time or the proper equipment to check your combine? Have Shoppa’s service do it for you!
  • Always clean and do a safety check of the combine before using.  – Check and see if tires need air, handrails and steps are secured properly and that safety covers are on.
  • Use hand signals when communicating to the driver of the combine. –  Using hand signals can let the driver of the combine know what is happening on the ground. If you are on the ground, keep your distance from combine when moving because the driver may not see you.
  • Wear clothes that fits snugly – Wearing fitted clothing can reduce the risk of your clothes catching in moving parts.
  • Try not to move your combines at night from field to field.  – Though there may be less traffic, it may cause potential hazards. If you have to move your combine at night, make sure that all your lights, flashers, and rotary beacon is on and working properly. That way other vehicle can see you and drive carefully near you.
  • Be careful when applying brakes – A combine may tip forward due to the header’s weight if the brakes are applied to quickly.
  • Watch for low objects – low power lines, bridges, buildings and any other obstacles can run the risk of the combine hitting them. Also, examine the field for hazards such as washouts and other potential surprises.

Though accidents happen, we want to make sure that you, your family and your employees are safety this harvest season. That is why we highly suggest proper instruction on safety for individuals who will be around during harvest. Not only having your employees, but your family being safe during harvest could prevent future injuries. Though these are just a few tips, we highly suggest checking out these resources for more safety tips.

Have a happy and safe harvest season!

42nd Annual Rice Field Day

On Tuesday June 28, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension held the 42nd Annual Rice Field Day, planned and coordinated by the Colorado County Rice Committee, at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station in Eagle Lake. Everyone was welcome to come out to the research station to get a look at some of the important rice research that they were working on.

Visitors gathered into covered trailers to be taken on a tour of the rice fields surrounding the station. Different scientists gave presentations about what they were working on. They included presentations from Dr. Rodante Tabien on varietal improvement and potential releases, Dr. Fugen Dou on soil amendments and nitrogen management, Dr. Shane Zhou on varieties and diseases, Dr. Mo Way on insect management and Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan on new herbicides. Afterwards, everyone headed to the community center for a dinner of Austin’s BBQ and reports from Peter Bachman on rice economics and Dwight Roberts on the market outlook for Texas producers.

For more information about the Texas A&M AgrifLife Research Extension Center at Beaumont (which also operates at the Eagle Lake facility) click here and here.

Following are photos from the Eagle Lake Rice Field Day:

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