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We Are Kubota

     The brand statement of Kubota is “For Earth, For Life.”  These four words, when combined and implemented, are so much more than fancy advertising speak.  These words are a mission that Kubota is fulfilling as a global company.  They are committed to designing and producing the very best equipment and products so their customers can focus on their jobs of planting, feeding, building and caring for the world in which we live.  From investing in their communities and dealerships and ensuring a wide range of high quality products, to employing America’s best and brightest men and women, Kubota never loses sight of their purpose: to engineer rewarding experiences and help people achieve more.
Kubota Corporation unveiled their first tractor to the US in 1969. The Kubota L200 (21HP) sub-compact tractor was an immediate success, and it quickly filled an equipment void in the American tractor market.  The result of this success was the birth of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) in 1972.  Since then KTC has continued to expand and refine their product lines for the U.S. market. Now customers can rely on the manufacturing quality of Kubota for lawn mower, utility vehicle, construction equipment, tractor and hay tool usage.
We are passionate.  Anyone that knows a Kubota owner knows how much they love their machine.  Whether it be a tractor or mower, Kubota owners love spending time on their equipment, and love making the land better.
We are producers.  Kubota equipment produces results.  KTC knows you’ve got a job to do and the importance of your equipment.  This is why every Kubota piece is manufactured to the highest quality.
We are caretakers.  From the dealership to the field, those associated with Kubota know the meaning behind the brand and what it means to provide a service.
Kubota may seem new compared to other manufacturers, but for almost 50 years they have brought a new level of productivity and reliability to equipment owners.  Kubota Tractor Corporation has challenged traditions, and even started a few of their own, thus positioning themselves as a major player in the American equipment market.  Their solid network of dealerships and continued dealer support is just the tip of the iceberg for this corporation.  Focusing on the preservation of natural resources and assisting the producers thereof creates a family of Kubota owners made of people like you.  So if you’re Kubota owner, say this out loud, We Are Kubota!

We are Kubota was written by Reed Boettcher in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living.  For more information about Kubota products visit www.gpkubota.com

The Extra Mile – Kubota Tractor Corporation Puts Engineers In The Field To Ensure Quality

The Extra Mile was written by Reed Boettcher in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living

     When hay season started ramping up, Kubota answered the call.  With the assistance of dedicated Great Plains Kubota customers, along with Miki Kuronuma, Shingo Hanada, and Dave Palmer, GP took to the hay fields to get constructive feedback from Kubota baler customers.  This isn’t a new practice for the Kubota hay tool team though.  They reached out last season as well, however this, the rural Duncan area, was new territory for the team.  Kuronuma of KTC’s Machinery/Business development group along with Hanada, GM of Tractor and Utility Planning Sales and Promotion, and finally Palmer, Sr. Product Manager of Hay tools have invested their time and resources to ensure Kubota’s hay line exceeds customer expectations.
Just north of Duncan you’ll find Marlow, Okla.  Here, a custom baling operation owned by Clyde Harms Sr., his son Clyde Harms Jr., and partner Tom Heinrich puts Kubota equipment to the test on a daily basis.  As committed GP customers, they own and operate several Kubota tractors, disc mower conditioners, and balers.  This baling operation’s passion for Kubota equipment sparked KTC’s interest in garnering feedback by allowing Harms’s operation to test a new baler.  This season, at the risk of their own profits, Harms and company have agreed to use Kubota’s new BV4580 prototype this hay season.  Likewise, Kubota has technicians on call if the experimental 5X6 baler should have any issues.  Kuronuma, explained further why Kubota was going to such great lengths for their equipment and customer base.
“Kubota is deeply committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and while we are relatively new to the hay tool market we are pulling all the stops to ensure our hay equipment is as reliable, if not more than any other manufacturer.  We strenuously test our equipment, then send engineers like myself into the fields with prototypes.  We have 15 prototype balers in the central division ranging from San Antonio all the way to North Dakota.  We are dedicated to our equipment, and take these extra steps to ensure our hard work is not wasted.”
The Kubota hay tool team later visited Dan Wright’s cow calf farm near Loco, Okla. to gain further insight on the BV4180 Premium, which Wright purchased last year.  Wright had this to say about his Kubota baler.
“Overall, I was very impressed with my Kubota baler.  It makes really tight bales, and it seems like you can’t plug it up.  The more hay you feed it, the better it works,” said Wright.
Spending time with vendors and customers is never wasted at Great Plains Kubota.  The time spent in the field proves to us that as a dealership we can rely on Kubota to deliver a product we can stand behind, and offer a reliable way for customers to make a profit.

For More Information About Kubota Balers visit www.greatplainskubota.com or for more stories like this visit www.greatplainsliving.com

Operation Allen Angus

By Reed Boettcher (Originally Published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Great Plains living)

There’s nothing covert about the operation at Allen Angus Ranch.  The ranch’s dedication to providing quality cattle to the commercial cowman is backed by superior genetics and forage. Through improvements and utilization of resources, Allen Angus is streamlining it’s operation to increase productivity and higher profits for their customers.
Vertical integration was the goal of Greg Spears, co-owner and Operations Manager of Allen Angus, when he purchased the 5200 acre ranch in 2014.  As owner of the Texas based FMC Feeds & Supply, which is managed by Kelley Adair, Spears decided to get into the cattle industry to better understand his customers and to fulfill his wife Kathy’s childhood dream of owning a cattle ranch.  Kathy and Greg have been business partners for 25 plus years.  As a CPA graduate from Texas Tech, she is a major contributor and the “soul” of the Spears enterprises.  First, Greg and Kathy started Scenic Point Land & Cattle in Young county Texas.  As this operation began to take off, they started looking for ways to raise more cattle with less acres.  When an opportunity arose in Allen Okla., Spears, along with business partners Jack Little and Randy Cantin, recognized the land’s potential and made the decision to purchase what is now Allen Angus.  There was a lot of work to be done to bring the ranch up to speed, but with the advice of several entities Spears quickly made ranch improvements that are increasing production.
Customer service is important for any retail business, and understanding the wants and needs of customers is at the core of service.  By purchasing the ranch north of Allen, Okla. Spears and his partners have literally put themselves in their customer’s shoes.  It would have been simple enough to research his target audience, but for Spears, becoming a customer himself not only strengthened his Texas based feed store, but streamlined his entire business operations as well.
First and foremost, Allen Angus is in the forage raising business.  Spears commented on the importance of good forage for the ranch.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to be stewards of this ranch, but there have been some challenges.  When we took over and started Allen Angus there were a lot of forage improvements that needed to be done. This is where good equipment comes into play.  If you have a tractor that won’t start, or a baler that won’t bale, or swather that won’t swath, you can’t effectively produce the forage you need to improve production.  We decided to buy local and went with Great Plains Kubota because they’re cattle people and farmers.  Like us, they understand the importance of our windows of opportunity.  Thus far GP has been responsive.  In the Ag business, I view the service provider and service purchaser as best friends.  Nobody can make you madder than your best friend, but in the end it’s almost unconditional, because you both have something invested.  Great Plains has invested in Allen Angus, and likewise us with them,” Spears stated.
Since the purchase of the Allen ranch in 2014, the lands’ productivity has come a long way.  It has flourished over the last few years which Spears contributes to good management and advice from outside sources such as the Noble Foundation, and Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch.
Ranch Manager James McWilliams has been with Allen Angus since the purchase, and he brings 14 plus years of experience from a Missouri ranch to the Allen operation.  It’s the sound management and employees of Allen Angus, FMC Feeds, and Scenic Point Ranch that help streamline the entire operation.
The Noble Foundation has also been instrumental, and has helped set the pace for everything Allen Angus does.  Hugh Aljoe with the Foundation has been a huge help, both with the cattle and with improving grass.  Before purchasing, Spears met with the Foundation to get an idea on the Ranch’s potential, and what expectations Spears and his partners should have.  Mark Gardiner, of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas, not only provided 100% of the Allen Angus genetics, but has given unmatched sound advice. Much like the Noble Foundation, Gardiner has been a critical part of the start up and growth of Allen Angus. As a business owner, Spears understands good vendors, such as Kubota, can also play a vital role in the ranch’s success.
The Allen Angus mission is to raise known genetic cattle of the highest quality that is affordable and profitable to the common cowman.  Their goal of raising the same quality cattle as registered Angus is obtained by using Method Genetics which test the known genetics of all their bulls and heifers.  There are three points of production they focus on; carcass yield, grade, and performance.  Allen Angus Ranch provides profit proven breeding stock to the commercial producer for a value that helps secure long term viability.  Their cattle are raised on grass range with low stress handling methods.  Allen Angus offers calving ease Angus bulls, yearling bulls, cow bulls, semen, pairs, replacement females, open heifers, and bred heifers.  The 5200 acre ranch is divided into three sections which house 1160 “Momma” Cows, 27 sire bulls, 120 development Bulls, 140 “AI” heifers, and 600 calves.  Allen Angus closely follows the protocol set by Gardiner.  The genetics are present, and it’s up to Spears and ranch employees to give their cattle the husbandry needed to develop to full potential.  Quality genetics, given proper husbandry, provides this ample growth and development.  Method Genetics, and the other practices mention all create a better paycheck for the cowman.  As mentioned early forage is primary at Allen Angus.  Some of the crops raised are; Midland, Bermuda grass, five pastures of native grasses such as love grass and blue stem, along with vetch, and clover.  Since their start, they’ve been no-tilling 700-1000 acres, which has increased forage for the winter.  Spears elaborated further on the importance of quality forage.
“At Allen Angus we invest in components that will make more money for the commercial cowman.  We invest in forage and the quality of our herd…period.  We put money into things that add value.  At first, we were focusing on repairing the forage and ground to ensure a good future.  Our future is with forage, both quality and quantity.  We will continue to improve the land and upgrade cattle so that we can continue to make our customers a profit.”
Allen Angus Ranch is a doorway that leads to good genetics for the commercial cowman.  Through sound forage practices, research, and efficient equipment, Allen Angus develops a profitable product at an affordable price.  Those dedicated to the ranch are staying the course, and investing in their labor of love to insure growth and a sustainable future.  Some people are betting against the ranch’s success, but Allen Angus will stay the course.  It’s only been two years after all, and look how much they’ve accomplished.

For more information about Kubota equipment visit www.greatplainskubota.com

The Cattlemen Connection

Great Plains Kubota and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Working Together for a Better Tomorrow

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is a membership driven organization.  OCA leaders are cattlemen who are physically, emotionally and financially involved in Oklahoma’s beef industry.  In 1979, the OCA leadership took a progressive step toward the future by creating the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF).  Those leaders recognized the need to establish a financially viable organization that would be charged with the responsibility of supporting those individuals and organizations who commit themselves to the improvement of the beef industry.
The Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of the West and the viability of Oklahoma’s beef cattle industry through research and education.  With the leadership of Bill Clark, Great Plains Kubota, has established itself as a major partner of the OCF with a true passion to help the Foundation accomplish its mission.  This partnership has helped the Foundation expand its scholarship program, and opened many new doors for the youth of our industry by allowing us to set up a scholarship endowment fund within the Foundation. This is the first endowment fund made possible with the help of our allied industry professionals.
When we first went to visit with Bill and Great Plains Kubota in 2014, we weren’t sure what kind of a response we would get. We knew that we wanted to establish an endowed scholarship fund, but we weren’t sure how to get the amount of funds that we needed. Bill never hesitated when we asked him to donate an RTV to be raffled off in order to start the fundraising process. Great Plains Kubota gladly stepped in to help support our youth, and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
By the end of 2015, we realized that we were coming up short on the amount of funds needed to create the endowment. Bill and Great Plains Kubota once again stepped up and donated a lawnmower to be raffled off this year and complete the endowment fund. Bill’s generosity and passion for helping others went even further by issuing a challenge to our membership and offering a chainsaw to the member that sold the most tickets this year.
Great Plains Kubota is a major sponsor of all OCF activities and events.  It’s a pleasure to work with Bill and the rest of the crew at Great Plains Kubota.  They respect and believe in our mission and continue be excellent partners whenever and wherever a need arises.
The OCF published its first ever Annual Report for 2015 that was made possible in part by the ongoing relationship with Great Plains Kubota. The annual report highlighted the work of the Foundation and provided transparency for current and future donors.
OCA’s leaders outlined goals for the Foundation to reach by 2020 during a strategic planning seminar last October. By working together with committed supporters like Great Plains, we can reach these goals and make tomorrow better for the Oklahoma beef cattle industry and its youth. Cattle producers can rely that our legacy and livelihood will be passed on to the next generation, and will remain in good hands thanks to outstanding companies, like Great Plains Kubota, that are willing to make huge investments in the next generation.

Partner’s Perspective – Great Plains Kubota President elaborates on the “Cattlemen Connection”

“A lot of us at Great Plains Kubota raise cattle, and are members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.  I think the real question isn’t why would we partner with OCA, but rather, why wouldn’t we partner with the OCA.  As Kubota continues to expand it’s equipment line into the larger Ag market I feel it’s our duty as a Kubota dealership to represent Kubota equipment to the right customer, and OCA members are these customers.  Most of them, like us, depend on equipment to manage their cattle operations, and  while we’re excited for the opportunity to earn new business, our main purpose of supporting the OCA is to help establish a solid
future for the beef industry in Okla.  We hope we
can make a positive contribution, and aid the hard
working men and women of the OCA.”
– Bill Clark

By Jeff Jaronek Published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Great Plains living

The Highly Anticipated M7 Tractors Are Coming

The M7-Series, mid-range tractors are Kubota’s largest line-up to date, offering commercial livestock and row-crop producers 130 to 170 horsepower of pure Kubota ingenuity.
With the M7-Series, Kubota has poured resources into technologies that will offer precision farming in a user friendly way.  The M7’s integrated controls the engine, transmission, hydraulic functions and implements are very efficient in reducing operating costs.  The control panel is easy to use, and offers a touch screen that makes it possible to control all operating functions from a single screen!  The M7 is also equipped with an auto guiding system and performance monitor to increase productivity.  One look at the impressively grand design of these new tractors and you can see the effort Kubota made in creating operator comfort, with wide cab features, ample operating space and ergonomic controls.  Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president, agriculture and turf division was quoted in a Kubota press release stating this about the new tractors.
“With the Kubota M7, we’ve set in motion a strategy for full-scale entry into new markets, setting our sights on commercial livestock and row-crop production customers, and readying Kubota to compete with other big players in the field.  The M7’s ease of operation, technological advances and overall comfort factor will make it a top choice for hay producers as well.”
Production on the M7 tractors is in full swing at Kubota’s newly constructed Farm Machinery plant in France.  Delivery and availability for customers is set for this summer, however there isn’t any specific date that Great Plains Kubota will receive the M7 into inventory.
M7 Models At A Glance
M7-131 Premium Powered by a 128 HP Tier 4 Final engine, the 131 features high levels of speed control with a 24-Speed Powershift transmission and optional creeper. Plus a multi-tasking hydraulic system with a 4-speed live independent PTO.
M7-151 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) This 148 HP machine features Kubota’s customizable Headland Management System for easier turns and response while an ISO-BUS monitor/controller and GPS/auto guidance system contributes to even greater precision.
M7-171 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) Kubota’s largest tractor, the 171 is packed with a 168 HP engine and is full of innovative features.  This is the ideal tractor for hay, forage, livestock operations, and row-crop production. Learn more today at GP Kubota.

M7-171-studioFor more information about the new Kubota M7 Series line of utility ag tractors visit www.gpkubota.com

The Code (When You Make A Promise, Keep It)

One of my favorite cowboy movies is “Lonesome Dove”.  It was set in 1876, during the heyday of cowboy driven cattle drives which developed our perceptions of what we now know as a Cowboy.
The movie was based on the actual life of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, and the relationship they built as pioneers during those first cattle drives.  The two leading characters in the movie, Gus, portrayed by Robert Duvall as (Oliver Loving), and Woodrow, played by Tommy Lee Jones as (Charles Goodnight) could have written the “Cowboy Code” as they lived it out.  One of my favorite lines from the movie comes after Woodrow diligently hauled Gus’s body in a wagon from Montana to Lonesome Dove to bury him.
Woodrow had earlier promised Gus he would bury him under a pecan tree by the creek on Lonesome Dove.  Real life accounts report that Goodnight hauled Loving’s body from New Mexico to Weatherford, TX to bury him.  Real or fictional  It was a long, tough journey, and most people would have given up and just buried Gus anywhere.  But not Woodrow.  After he buried Gus he put up the grave marker made of the famous Hat Creek Cattle Company sign, and said.
“I guess this will teach me to be careful about what I promise in the future”.
Woodrow had made a promise and he kept it.
At Great Plains, we have a promise that we’ve made to our customers.  It is something that we take very seriously and is a part of everything that we do.  Our Brand Promise is that Great Plains Kubota is “The Brand That Works…For You”. Here’s how we try to keep that promise.
– Sales –
We’ll work hard to earn every customer’s trust.

– Service –
If it’s not right, it’s on us.

– Parts –
Our goal is to have the parts our customers need when they need them.

– Rentals –
Our equipment will be ready to work.

There’s a reason behind why we make promises, and work to keep them. It’s so that we can be trusted.
At Great Plains we strive to keep our promises so that you will trust us with your business. Unfortunately, we are Human. We do make mistakes at times, and consequently loose customer’s trust. Even though we always work to correct our mistakes, damage is done when trust is lost.
Although people, businesses, and even the best of the cowboys will fail you at times with broken promises, there is One you can always trust.
In Psalms 31:14, David said: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands;”
If you haven’t, I would encourage you to place your trust in the One who always keeps His promises.

This article was written by Bill Clark in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living.  To read more about Great Plains living visit www.greatplainsliving.com

Ethics On Outdoors

The only thing worse than not catching fish is finding an empty cup of worms or livers mindlessly discarded on the bank.  Summer is here, and the following months will bring an array of outdoor activities that will inevitably have a footprint on nature.  Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, picnicking; you name it, all provide the chance for improving or ruining the outdoor experience.  Having a mind set to pick up someone’s trash or obey state regulations makes time spent outside more enjoyable for everyone.  All that’s needed is just a little bit of respect.  Respect goes a long way in nature.  If it isn’t taught and learned, sooner or later mother nature will give you a lesson of her own.  It may be in the form of a legal citation, or something as serious as a brush with death.  No matter the severity, having respect from the moment your foot steps out on nature’s playing field is a must.
Why do we go outside in the first place?  Picnics can be a lot of work, and walks can be taken in a living room while watching television.  We go outside to be closer to nature.  We fish and hunt to make that primal connection, and turn what our ancestors did for survival into recreation.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting on your back porch or white water rafting, being outside provides a connective experience that brings us closer to who we truly are.  These experiences that we are subconsciously trying to connect with are enriched when we consciously leave a particular patch of nature better than we found it.
We live in a time of relative excess.  Combine that with ample opportunities offered by public lands and parks and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.  There are simple steps that can be taken to avoid the damages of human impact.  For starters, always plan ahead.  Carrying a plastic sack for trash is perfect for day trips, while trash bags or containers are more appropriate for camping.  I know it’s fun to take the road less traveled – but only off-road where designated.  Take only what’s needed and always obey the regulations!  By doing this we allow others the same opportunities we have.  If you’re going to make a campfire this summer, make sure there isn’t a burn ban.  Finally, be considerate of wildlife and others.
Outdoor ethics goes beyond the realms of the outdoor enthusiast.  Farmers and ranchers, like outdoorsmen, have a responsibility to make the land better.  Their connection to land and livestock goes far beyond that of recreation, and for most farmers and ranchers, explaining outdoor ethics would be like preaching to the choir.  Land owners inherently become stewards of their property.  Of course there are different means of maintenance, but their constant efforts and results are globally profound.
Having a code of ethics means it will be put to the test.  I find myself challenged every time I go hunting or fishing.  Do I pick that piece of trash up, or keep that fish that’s a quarter of an inch under the size limit?  It’s the small things that make up the big picture.  As a former Boy Scout I can’t help but share the BSA’s “Outdoor Code” to help illuminate this bigger picture.  It states:
As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

From mountain top to river bottom, wherever the cry of nature takes you this summer, leave only footprints.  But like the trash, leave no memory behind.

This article was published in the 2016 Summer issue of Great Plains living.  For more articles visit www.greatplainsliving.com.