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» March 14th marks a special day for John Deere. It signifies 100 years of John Deere tractors! Join us as we celebrate this milestone throughout 2018. Read more on page 2.

I am pleased to announce that our new customer portal is now available. This portal provides 24-hour live access to our dealership locations, including the ability to look at ‘in stock’ parts inventory for each location, look up parts, request parts we have in stock or request that parts be ordered. You can use the portal to reprint your past invoices anytime, from both Parts and Service. Through the portal, you will be able to keep a current list of all your equipment, and make changes to help ensure you get the right parts for your current serial numbers.

The new customer portal is open to all customers – all segments: residential owners, large property owners and traditional farmers. You can use it on any of your mobile devices. This is

just another way we’re making our dealership accessible after normal business hours. Sign up today by going to our website, clicking the Customer Portal link under our Customer Corner section, and completing the create a new account form. Or stop in and we’ll help you get set up! Spring 2018 is fast approaching, so now is the time to finish checking over spring tillage equipment, installing new sweeps, and changing fluids and filters on your tractors and mowers. Let our staff help you keep your equipment in great shape for this season and beyond with our service specials or DIY oil and filter needs. Remember in everything you do: SAFETY FIRST this Spring!

Todd Holland, President

HISTORY By Nicole Holland 2018 is a big milestone year for John Deere as we celebrate 100 years of John Deere tractors! John Deere’s tractors have come a long way from John Deere’s Waterloo Boy of 1918 to the large modern row-crop and 4WD tractors of today. To celebrate, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest innovations and advancements in John Deere tractors over the past 100 years. I can’t wait to see where the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond will take us in equipment and agricultural advancements. 1912-1917: John Deere developed a series of tractor prototypes based on at least six different tractor designs. They considered every idea imaginable, but nothing seemed to be the right one.

» Waterloo Boy Tractor Ad An ad in The Furrow in 1918 guaranteed the Waterloo Boy’s “ample power for field and belt work.”

1934: The Model “A” tractor offered adjustable rear axles for various row crops plus optional hydraulic Power Lift for raising and lowering mounted implements while the tractor was in motion or sitting still. The similar, but smaller, Model “B” was produced the next year. These two models remained in production until 1952. 1945: Quick-Tatch equipment and Touch-O-Matic offered one-touch, hydraulic control for drawn implements. 1947: Roll-O-Matic provided a smoother ride and easier steering on narrow front-end tractors. When one wheel went up, it forced the other down so the tractor could "walk" over obstacles. 1954: Deere offers an industry first – power steering on tractors.

1918: A huge year for John Deere and the beginning of John Deere’s tractor legacy — the start of 100 years of innovation and industry firsts. The Waterloo Boy was Deere’s first tractor, and the result of the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company on March 14, 1918. Deere first unveiled the Waterloo Boy in August 1918 at the National Tractor Demonstration in Salina, Kansas.

1960: The New Generation of Power is introduced. Industry firsts in the lineup include hydraulic power brakes, closedcenter hydraulics for instant power, and the industry’s first wheel tractor with over 100 PTO and drawbar horsepower. The completely new line of four- and six- cylinder tractors offered more horsepower than the two-cylinder models Deere had produced from 1918-1960.

Deere also developed the All-Wheel-Drive tractor beginning in 1914 and approved the production of the tractor in late 1917. Ninety were built between 1918 and 1919. The first was completed in April 1918, a month after the purchase of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company.

1966: Roll-Gard™, also known as ROPS (RollOver Protective Structure), is introduced as a safety feature, and later released for adoption for the entire industry.

1919: John Deere dealers began selling the Waterloo Boy. 1923: The Model “D” was introduced for model year 1924. It was the first all green and yellow tractor featuring the John Deere name and leaping deer logo. It replaced the Waterloo Boy and remained in production for 30 years.

1973: John Deere’s Generation II tractors, including the 4030, 4230, 4430 and 4630, feature new innovations in comfort and styling offering an optional Sound-Gard cab, an industry first dust free, temperature controlled operator station that provided “freedom from the elements.” 1983: Building on the success of the optional 8-speed power shift transmission introduced on John Deere tractors in 1964, the 15-speed PowerShift trans-

HISTORY mission, as well as mechanical front wheel drive on the 50 series tractor, became options. 1992: 16-speed PowrQuad transmission is offered as part of the “New Breed of Power” line, the biggest tractor design change since 1960. 1997: Deere introduces its first rubber tracked tractor on the 8000 series chassis, including speed sensitive steering that automatically adjusted based on ground speed and terrain. 2002: Autotrac™, part of the Greenstar precision agriculture management system, provides assisted steering accurate to within 4inches pass to pass and guides the tractor in a straight line down rows. It’s amazing to see the history, timeline and evolution of John Deere tractors as they advanced in power, efficiency, comfort and technology. John Deere is proud of its rich history and is commemorating this special year with a variety of events and displays. Events On March 14th, John Deere will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary, to the day, of the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company with media events not open to the public at both the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa and the John Deere Forum in Mannheim, Germany. The main celebration with take place on the weekend of June 15th-16th. 100 John Deere tractors and engines will be on display at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and the Waterloo Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Displays will include tractors and engines from across John Deere’s product lines and from around the world, and include both company and customer-owned equipment. Both venues will include exhibitions, food, activities for the family and more.

Exhibits The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. will display a 1918 Waterloo Boy and celebrate with a year’s worth of exhibits and events on the topic of 100 years of tractor development. Within the American Enterprise exhibition, a new display titled "Precision Farming" will examine a more contemporary story of technology in today's agriculture industry including a GPS antenna donated by Deere. The museum also boasts the oldest known in existence John Deere steel plow dating back to 1838. The plow will actually be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Illinois from February-June 2018. It is part of the exhibit titled “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln”. The Iowa History Museum in Des Moines, Iowa will host an exhibit using John Deere tractors and equipment to tell the story of the last 100 years of agriculture in Iowa. The National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa will tell the story of John Deere via the history of farm toys. In addition to all of these events and displays happening in 2018, several model year 2018 tractors including the 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series and 9 Series machines will feature a commemorative badge. Many of our customers will receive new tractors with the commemorative 100th Anniversary badge. Holland and Sons will also be celebrating this anniversary with a special event this summer! Look for more details to come. Let us know how you are celebrating 100 Years of John Deere Tractors! Be sure to check out the video The Legend Runs On: 100 Years of John Deere Tractors on Holland & Sons’ YouTube channel which gives an overview of the advancements and changes in Deere tractors from 1918 to the present day!

Fun Facts » The tractor business was definitely a long-term investment for Deere. It took 9 years to report a profit.

» John Deere sold 5,634 Waterloo Boy tractors during its first year. » The Model “B” is the bestselling tractor by total units, in John Deere’s history. Over 300,000 were sold from 19351953 in a variety of configurations.

» The most widely sold single model tractor built by Deere is the 4020 tractor with more than 175,000 sold from 1963 to 1971.

» Beginning in January 1920, the Waterloo Boy “N” was painted green with yellow wheels, but with red hub caps. It also included the leaping deer trademark for the first time.

» In 1963, John Deere surpassed International Harvester for the first time in total sales of farm and light industrial equipment. Deere had $762 million in worldwide sales, compared to $665.4 million for IH that year, followed by Massey-Ferguson at $636.1 million.

PRECISION AG By Jonathan Koch, Integrated Solutions Manager

ISG Staff Mendota Nick Bielema (815) 539-6724

Princeton Tanner Schoff Gregg Pearson (815) 875-3838


Jonathan Koch Kolin Erb (815) 288-4441

Geneseo Matthew Drake Steve Clementz (309) 944-2101


Riley Fluegel (815) 233-1216

While it may not always be feasible to make large machinery investments during times of financial caution, we consistently hear from our customers that small upgrades continue to benefit their operations. The 2630 display allows basic mapping functions as well as deluxe features in AutoTrac and machine control. The John Deere GS 3 2630 display was introduced about seven years ago and will continue to be viable; however, there are some limitations in its abilities. Therefore, additional features are being enabled through the Gen 4 product line of displays. The Gen 4 4600 display that’s built into the command arm of the 7R, 8R, 9R tractor series continues to evolve and will be standard on 2018 John Deere combines and sprayers. Some of the Gen 4 4600 display’s attractive features include easier operator set up for functionality and field settings for products such as AutoTrac, Section Control, Documentation and new operation features such as AutoTrac Turn Automation and AutoTrac Implement Guidance. Operator-friendly run pages with handy shortcut key selections, customizable run pages, and on -screen help are just a few of the advantages Gen 4 offers. A requested task – being able to create a guidance line from a field boundary – has become reality with the Gen 4 displays. To accommodate the new 2018 planter with 4 HP Monitor features, a standalone Gen 4 4640 display has been added to facilitate the features of the planter when needed, such as when operated with a non-Gen 4

planter tractor. This standalone display brings the features and benefits of the Gen 4 platform to customers who do not own late model John Deere tractors. Also available in combination with the Gen 4 display platforms is the ability for additional display space made possible with the Gen 4 Extended monitor. Customers have been requesting more display real estate and the extended monitor provides that added visibility with the easy settings associated with the Gen 4 display. John Deere continues to develop new physical components, moving toward next-level technology. It’s good to know that John Deere integrated technology continues to be the best option for John Deere equipment and the industry. Holland and Sons continues to stay current with the latest precision agriculture products and features through training, demonstration and customer interaction. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your farming business to explore new avenues to trim input costs while helping return more money to your bottom line.

Put it on my Multi-Use Account. Right now, Deere is offering two great finance options on new and used John Deere Precision Ag equipment and dealer services totaling $500 or more...

• 180 Days No Payment/No Interest


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Until September 2018


Planter Clinic Our 2018 Planter Clinic will take place March 14th at the Lee County 4H Center in Amboy from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. We will follow a similar format to last year, starting with a sit-down presentation and planter walk-arounds. Afterwards, we will break out into an open format with Holland and Sons and vendor displays/booths. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see everyone there!

Make sure to register if you attend our Planter Clinic. As a thank you, attendees will receive a coupon for $750 OFF a new John Deere Precision Ag product!

Drive Green Demo Days If you're new to John Deere or want to save some $$$, you won’t want to miss this year’s Drive Green event. Stop in to your local Holland and Son’s location between Wednesday, April 18th and Saturday, April 21st to receive exclusive coupons for $500 off 1-6 Series Tractors, $200 off select Gators and ZTrak Mowers, and up to $350 off Attachments. Also, new for 2018 , attendees will receive a $35 Parts Coupon as well as the chance to win a new 1R Series Tractor package!

100 Years of Tractors Celebration We are planning a tractor show for July 6th at our Dixon location, celebrating 100 years of John Deere tractors. Join us for food, fun, and activities for the whole family. If you are interested in being a part of the tractor show, please contact John Hopkins by phone at 815-288-4441 or by email at Watch our Facebook for more details about the event as we get closer to July.

Vendors to be in Attendance » 360 Yield Center » Hagie » John Deere » Kuhn-Krause » Laforge » Montag » Soucy Track » Stihl » SureFire » Thunder Creek » Unverferth/Brent » Woods


Mendota, IL (M) (815) 539-6724 Princeton, IL (P) (815) 875-3838 Dixon, IL (D) (815) 288-4441

2017 John Deere X758 (Stk#137550) 40 Hrs, 24HP Diesel, 4WD, 60” Deck, HDAP Tires

2017 John Deere X750 (Stk#137101) 54 Hrs, 24HP Diesel, 2WD, 62” Deck, Turf Tires

2017 John Deere X739 (Stk# 137426) 30 Hrs, 25.5HP EFI, 4WD, 4WS, 60” Deck, HDAP Tires

2017 John Deere X730 (Stk#137047) 93 Hrs, 25.5HP L/C, 2WD, 62” Deck, Turf Tires

$11,295 (G)

$9,595 (G)

$10,995 (G)

$8,595 (G)

2017 John Deere X758 (Stk#137016) 57 Hrs, 24HP Diesel, 4WD, 54” Auto Connect Deck

2017 John Deere X580 (Stk#137273) 16 Hrs, 24HP, Power Steering, 48” Deck, MulchControl

2017 John Deere X590 (Stk#137105) 80 Hrs, 25.5HP EFI, 54” Deck, Rear HDAP Tires

2017 John Deere X390 (Stk#137013) 28 Hrs, 22HP, 48” Deck, Power Steering, Turf Tires

$11,195 (G)

$5,795 (G)

$6,195 (G)

$4,795 (G)

Geneseo, IL (G) (309) 944-2101 Freeport, IL (F) (815) 233-1216

2016 John Deere Z920M (Stk#132920) 37 Hrs, 23.5HP, 54” Deck, Warranty 2/11/2020

2015 John Deere Z997R (Stk#127531) 230 Hrs, 38HP Diesel, 72” 7-Iron Deck, Suspension Seat

2016 John Deere Z915B (Stk#129605) 103 Hrs, 25HP, 60” 7-Iron Deck, Deluxe Comfort Seat

2016 John Deere Z977R (Stk#129727) 1 Hour, 37.4HP Diesel, 72” Deck, Warranty 4/2/2022

$7,295 (G)

$15,999 (G)

$6,495 (G)

$18,499 (M)

2016 John Deere 2025R (Stk#136627) 86 Hrs, H130 Loader, R4 Tires

2011 John Deere 3320 (Stk#136535) 180 Hrs, 300X Loader, R4 Tires

2015 John Deere XUV825i S4 (Stk#137123) 630 Hrs

2017 John Deere TX 4X2 (Stk#136624) 196 Hrs, 2WD, Power Bed Lift

$15,995 (G)

$20,995 (M)

$11,900 (G)

$6,695 (G)


By Klint Rice, Small Ag & Turf Sales Manager As the 2018 mowing season quickly approaches, we want you to know we are here for you. Most property owners have some sort of yard work to do – some enjoy it and others may dislike or ignore it. We have solutions for everyone. Come browse our selection of mowing equipment, compact tractors, or utility vehicles. Visit with our experienced staff and let us help you solve your individual needs. You may have grass to cut, mulch or rock to spread, trees to cut, weeds to trim, or flowers to be planted. As your local John Deere dealer, we can help. As the air warms and the ground temperature approaches 50 degrees, your lawn begins to come to life. Insects and birds are attempting to build their homes and – for better or worse – your lawn can be very accommodating. Here are some factors to consider when you go to work on your piece of paradise this spring. Some experts may recommend aerating your lawn in the spring. Although there are some benefits to a spring aerification, the bad often outweighs the good. Aeration is used to relieve compaction and increase root growth. When this is done in the spring, you relieve the compaction, but the new holes become homes for spring breeding insects. Those insects can and will wreak havoc on your lawn all season long. Japanese and June beetles lay eggs, turn

into grubs and live in the new holes you created to make your lawn better. Other lawn insects such as sod web worms and cut worms thrive in aerification holes as well. Aerification holes not only relieve compaction and let water into the root zone, those holes let air and of course oxygen in as well. The early spring aerifications may slow the lawn down as now you have let the cold night air get deeper into the root zone, preventing the ground temperature from rising more quickly. In some cases, you must aerate in the spring, but it is best to aerate your lawn in the fall. The ground is warm and with adequate moisture, the roots will thrive for a strong lawn come spring. Along with a good over seeding and fertilization program, you will soon be on your way to a wonderful paradise. Once you’ve decided on your landscape goals for the season, it’s time to review your current equipment and future needs. Maybe you are all set and just need your machines tuned up. Our service teams are here for you. If you need to make a larger purchasing decision, we have a variety of solutions. John Deere Credit has many financing options available, such as revolving accounts and fixed payment options to help simplify your purchase. Stop in today and visit with one of our sales professionals. We have new and used equipment at all five of our locations. If you are undecided as to what will work best for you, request a demonstration. Often, it takes getting in the seat and feeling the John Deere difference. Remember Deere’s motto: It is not how fast you mow, it is how well you mow fast.


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Welcome Back! » Earlier this year via social media we announced Klint Rice was returning to Holland & Sons as our new Small Ag & Turf Sales Manager. Some of you may remember, years ago Klint worked at our Geneseo store. He brings more than 10 years of John Deere parts, service, and sales experience. He also has a degree in Turf Management and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Holland’s customers as they improve their properties, providing solutions that fit their budgets. You can contact Klint by phone at (309) 945-5407 or by email at

SERVICE For the DIYers

Save 15% on Home Maintenance Kits for Riding Mowers and Gators now through April 30th! Home Maintenance Kits from John Deere make it easy to tune-up your machine yourself. You'll get almost everything you need in one convenient box, including: » 2 quarts oil » 1 oil filter » 1 air filter » 1 fuel filter » Air precleaner » Spark plug(s)

Did You Know? » There’s no need to wait until we’re open. You can request service any time on our website. Go to our service page and select request service. Complete the form and you’re done! We’ll contact you to confirm the appointment. It’s that easy!


By Brett Dewey, Aftermarket Manager This February, a new tool was launched to help make it easier and more efficient to search for parts online. The Parts Lookup tool incorporates technology advancements, user experience improvements, portal integrations, PIN to part expansion and application consolidation. The integration portion allows users of Holland & Sons Portal the ability to look up parts using the new parts catalog. Users create a pick list that is automatically imported back into Holland’s portal, and then shows, in real time, the price and quantity available. The best way to experience these enhancements is to get your own Holland & Sons Portal account. Once you sign into the portal, you don’t have to sign into the Deere parts look up tool as well. When you’re signed into the portal, there are a couple of ways to get to the parts catalog tool. First, there is a link on the main parts page that takes you to the new tool where you can enter your model number and search for the right parts catalog. Here is the second way: From our portal your equipment list on file will be viewable and you can simply click a

link next to that piece of equipment and the system will take you to the parts catalog associated with that serial number. Find the part or parts you’re looking for and add them to the parts catalog pick list. Once you have all your parts in the pick list, click on the shopping cart and check out. Checking out will transfer the list back into Holland & Sons Portal allowing you to view real time pricing and availability at our locations. From here you will check out a second time. This second check out sends your parts list right into Holland’s business systems, creating a pending ticket as well as sending an email to the parts personnel at the branch you have chosen, to notify them you have submitted an online order. This might appear complicated written out, but the process within the website is intuitive. Ultimately, the portal is intended to enhance our inperson support – not as a replacement for the personal one-on-one service we provide and pride ourselves on. Ready for to sign up? Visit our website and click Customer Corner then select Customer Portal. Or if you’re using a desktop computer click the link labeled Customer Portal in the top right corner. Select Login in to Your Account and then select the Sign Up tab. Fill out the required information and submit. You'll get a email notification when you’ve been approved! Need assistance? Contact Monica Dewey at (815) 539-6724

That’s not all... Do more with our customer portal. » View all your transactions and invoices

» Request service » Browse used equipment

» Manage onsite parts lockers

» Mange your equipment list record And more!


2013 John Deere 1770NT 2006 John Deere 1770NT 2009 John Deere 1770NT 2013 John Deere DB80 (Stk#135087) 16R30, Row (Stk#135071) 16R30, (Stk#133442) 24R30, CCS, Stk#135024) 36R30, CCS, Command, Chain Drive w/ Finger Pickup, Insecticide, Dry Insecticide, Pneumatic Pro-Series XP, Row Shutoffs, Insecticide Ag Leader Clutches Down Force, SeedStar 2 Command, SeedStar XP

$86,900 (D)

Mendota, IL (M) (815) 539-6724 Princeton, IL (P) (815) 875-3838 Dixon, IL (D) (815) 288-4441

$47,900 (F)

2013 John Deere 9560RT 2013 John Deere 8360RT (Stk#136313) 2165 Hrs, (Stk#136500) 1487 Hrs, 18/6 PST, 36” Tracks, IVT, 60 GPM, Leather, 1000 PTO, 5 SCVs 3-Pt Hitch, 18” Tracks

$86,900 (M)

$159,900 (M)

2016 John Deere 8370R (Stk#134994) 540 Hrs, IVT, ILS, 85 GPM, Premium Cab, Leather

2012 John Deere 5115M (Stk#136749) 2067 Hrs, 32F/16R PowrReverser, 18.4R30 Rears, 1 Owner

$245,900 (M)

$217,900 (P)

$284,900 (D)

$47,900 (G)

2009 Rogator 1286C (Stk#137102) 1550 Hrs, 100’ Boom, AccuBoom, AutoBoom, AWS

2015 Hagie STS16 (Stk#135145) 1235 Hrs, 120’ Specialty Boom, Ag Leader Pkg, Direct Inject

2012 Hagie STS12 (Stk#135341) 1328 Hrs, 100’ Boom, NORAC Boom Control, Combination Unit

2005 John Deere 4920 (Stk#132285) 3171 Hrs, 120’ Boom, Direct Injection, Foamer

$121,900 (M)

$365,900 (M)

$219,000 (D)

$89,900 (P)

2005 Krause 6200-42 (Stk#135236) 42 Ft, 5Section, Rolling Basket

2008 John Deere 2510S (Stk#136281) 12 Row, Raven Single Cooler, NH3

2012 Blu-Jet AT4610 (Stk#134974) 23 Row Knife Liquid Applicator

2014 John Deere 2623VT (Stk#120919) 30’ 8”, NEW UNIT/NEVER USED

$45,900 (M)

$39,500 (P)

$38,900 (M)

$65,900 (G)

Geneseo, IL (G) (309) 944-2101 Freeport, IL (F) (815) 233-1216

AGRICULTURE By Mike Rahmus, Large Ag Sales Manager Everyone today recognizes the infamous leaping Deere logo with its green and yellow colors. It continues on because one man had a vision, one that included honesty, integrity and hard work. That name is John Deere – one of the largest names in manufacturing around the world today. If you ask some, they’ll say “green runs in their blood, and is a way of life.” This stood true for a man so many people knew from far and away as Edgar Engelkens. Edgar grew up farming all his life, served his country, was proud of the red, white and blue and also boasts of the green and yellow colors. He loved it so much in fact that for over four decades he promoted and sold John Deere products. Edgar loved nothing more than family, farming and selling. For Edgar, selling was just another way of getting to see everyone. Even after Edgar retired recently from our Freeport location, he continued to promote his passion. Like Deere himself, Edgar was an honest, hardworking man of integrity who built his legacy over an 82 year timespan. As I stood in line the night of Edgar’s wake, I couldn’t help overhearing people talk about how humble and kind he was, and how he would lend a hand no matter what the situation. I watched the video Edgar’s family had made and throughout it one thing was clear: he always had a smile on his face. Edgar was a loving husband, father, grandfather, a great coworker and friend to all. I’m proud to say he was a great friend of mine. He will be forever missed. “Goodbye ole friend, until we meet again someday.”

Obituary for Edgar J. Engelkens Edgar J. Engelkens, 82, of Freeport, died suddenly Friday, February 2, 2018 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. He was born on November 28, 1935 in Morrison, Illinois. He was the son of John E. and Ida E. (Anspach) Engelkens. Edgar graduated from Forreston High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy. He married Mary Ellen Plummer on October 26, 1958 at First United Methodist Church in Freeport.

His memberships included the Freeport Eagles Club, Freeport Rural Fire Department, Stephenson County Beef Association, and Lancaster Township Trustee. He was very devoted to the Stephenson County Fair, serving as a fair board member, and Superintendent of Beef Department and Tractor Pull. He received a Lifetime Fair Association Award in 2016 for his involvement in the Stephenson County Fair for his many years of volunteer work. Edgar and Mary were part of a... (Read more at

AGRONOMY By Gregg Pearson, CCA, Application Sales Specialist and Sales Consultant Residue Management Record yields in much of our area for 2017 likely will mean increased challenges with managing residue in 2018. I know I’ve touched on this in previous articles, but I believe it’s important enough to repeat. The corn plant produces just shy of pound for pound of grain vs. residue. So even on a conservative basis, we can assume a 60/40 split of grain and plant material. This means a 280-bushel corn yield produces over 5 tons of material that needs to be managed in a way that it doesn’t become a detriment to this year’s crop. The importance of residue management is in the avoidance of yield loss potential due to the adverse effects of crop residue. Gregg Pearson is a Certified Crop Adviser with over 15 years of ag sales experience at Holland & Sons, specializing in application sales. You can contact Gregg at by phone at (815) 875-3838 or by email at gpearson@

A successful planting operation is judged based on four primary areas: correct population, uniform spacing, uniform emergence and planting within an optimum time frame. Yield loss potential varies between these areas. University studies show that typical yield loss due to these can range 2-4 bushel for incorrect population or lack of uniform spacing, 10-18 bushel for lack of uniform emergence and 4-10 bushel for planting outside of your optimum window of time. It is noteworthy that crop residue has the ability to impact uniform emergence as much as any other area that we grade planting by, and uniform emergence (or lack of) has the greatest potential for yield loss. This is through interference with moisture absorption, germination temperature requirements and seed to soil contact. There can also be an allelopathy effect (suppression of growth of a plant due to release of toxic substances coming from decomposing residue) on the young plants of this year’s crop. Not everything about residue is bad. Benefits of residue in the field include wind erosion control, water erosion

control, moisture retention, and weed suppression to name a few. The breakdown of residue also returns nutrients and carbon back to the soil and can help create an overall healthier soil environment. Adverse effects of unmanaged residue include seeding interference, harboring pests and disease, nutrient tie-up, slow soil warm up and excessive moisture retention. Hence, the importance of a comprehensive residue management plan that takes factors into consideration such as varietal differences, harvest equipment type, harvest timing, tillage equipment type, tillage timing, crop rotation and planting equipment are of utmost importance. All these can have an impact on the success of your residue management plan, which is measured by how well you take advantage of crop residue benefits without suffering loss from its potential detrimental qualities. This doesn’t happen by chance and I wouldn’t suggest making changes to any operation without first considering what the impact to residue management is going to be. Residue management is a year-round process. Last year’s harvest is done and much of our primary tillage is complete, making it too late to alter anything for 2018. These are items that already lay behind us, that can have a huge impact on our ultimate success. But we still have our secondary tillage and planting ahead. It may not be too late to address an aging or just plain inadequate second-

AGRONOMY ary tillage tool or to invest in a better residue management system for your planter. You may also give thought to where your corn on corn fields will be for 2019 and put earlier varieties in those fields to facilitate earlier harvest. This would give more time for residue to breakdown next fall prior to winter’s cold temperatures and slow decomposition rates. These are just a couple examples of how organizational strategies can have a positive impact on a successful residue management program. Nutrient Management Nutrient management, and overall land management, will likely continue to be at the forefront of challenges that lie ahead for most farmers. This challenge is due to a host of reasons but can be generalized to a couple areas. First, the loss of soil and nutrients from our fields will likely have a detrimental effect on the long term productivity of our soils and secondly, the detrimental effect of those soils and nutrients in the environment outside of our fields. Eutrophication of our country’s surface waters has caught the attention of our urban neighbors, and rightly so. Soil loss, through erosion, and the nutrients carried into our rivers and lakes has had a detrimental effect on animal life, recreational activities and safety of human consumption of those river and lake waters. To be clear, I’m not advocating that this is strictly an agricultural issue, as urban septic system overflows and industry certainly play a part in the situation. But to say that agriculture can’t have a positive influence in reduction of eutrophication rates through adaptation of alternative farming practices, is like sticking our heads in the ground. Now, this is too complex of an issue to address all the do’s and do not’s of our current farming practices that will cure all our ailments within a single article. I also believe it’s an honest observation to say that farm operations striving to produce high-yielding crops that will be required to feed a

growing world population are always going to be somewhat at odds to what would be deemed as the most preferred farming methods in terms of soil and nutrient conservation.

As long as world populations continue to grow at predicted rates and assuming that that said population continues to like to eat, we will likely always be fighting to balance the needs of the land with the needs of high production farming. Farm owners need to be able to keep this balance while maintaining a profitable operation. If the operation isn’t profitable, it’s tough to invest in new farm equipment and systems that would be beneficial to the environment or farm operation. I encourage all farm operations to always keep soil and water conservation in mind when you’re making decisions that impact your current tillage and nutrient application practices. Try to find solutions that improve both your profit line and reduce the potential of soil and nutrient loss. According to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, a train load of soil 116 miles long leaves this country every day! That’s soil (and nutrients) we’ll never get back, and soil that continues to add to eutrophication of our surface waters. We can’t afford this soil loss to allow to continue long-term. We have the tools and the knowledge to do better. Please visit with your Holland and Sons representative about solutions we offer to help in working to become a better steward of soil.


Name: Jay Minnaert Position: Salesmen, Geneseo Years of Service: It will be 38 years on March 28th. First Job: Co-op Student at Annawan Implement Favorite Part of the Job: Interacting with customers to provide solutions to make their operations more profitable and efficient. What is an average day like at Holland’s? The days are never average. With the change of the seasons, customer wants and needs change along with different levels of intensity. So we keep our focus on meeting those wants and needs through sales programs, financing, and finding the right products in new or used inventory. We coordinate set up or requested repairs of equipment and find the right attachments to complement the products and services we provide. What got you interested in this field? Like I stated earlier, I was a co-op student for Annawan Implement. Then I went and worked at a coal mine. I decided the ag implement business fit my lifestyle and personal values much better. Family: Julie (Wife of 34 Years June 9th), Jason (Son) Town: Atkinson, Illinois Favorite Food: Beef Tenderloin Favorite Restaurant: Beef House in Covington, Indiana Favorite Movie: The Fast & Furious Movies Hobbies: I raise, exhibit and sell show cattle at the local, state and national levels.

Something people would be surprised to know: I used to work at a coal mine. 3 Words that Best Describe You: Positive mental attitude


Name: John Chlebos Position: Lawn and Garden Mechanic, Freeport Years of Service: 9 years with Holland and Sons First Job: Mechanic Favorite Part of the Job: Having the opportunity to learn something new.

Favorite Equipment to work on: Handheld products What is an average day like at Holland’s? I am always very busy working on equipment. What got you interested in this field? My Dad had his own shop, so it was kind of forced. If I wasn't at school, I was in his shop. Family: Susie (Wife), Jesse (Daughter), Chase (Son) Town: Shannon, Illinois Favorite Food: Italian Favorite Restaurant: Joe's Pizza Favorite Movie: Shane Hobbies: I collect and refinish pipes. Something people would be surprised to know: On holidays I do all the cooking. My wife deserves the day off and this way I get what I like. 3 Words that Best Describe You: Patient, Meticulous, Candid

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The Holland Herald | 2018 Spring Edition  
The Holland Herald | 2018 Spring Edition  

Welcome to the fifth issue of The Holland Herald. We hope you have been enjoying reading and gaining new insights from each issue. This news...