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15 Interesting Soybean Facts to Know this Planting Season

As soybean planting season hits full stride across most of the United States and producers work on covering an expected record acreage, we thought it would be a good opportunity to take a moment and better understand the history of soybeans, what they’re used for, and some other fun facts that may not be common knowledge.

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We’ve put together a list of 15 soybean facts that we found to be either critical to shaping today’s soybean production or were simply just interesting tidbits of knowledge worth sharing. Enjoy!

1. Soybeans originated in Southeast Asia and were first domesticated by Chinese farmers around 1100 BC. (Source)

10 Must-Equip Accessories for the Ultimate John Deere Car

John Deere enthusiasts enjoy showing their love for the brand everywhere they go. The green and yellow color scheme paired with the iconic leaping deer logo can be seen not only in the fields, at the worksite, or in the forest, but also on clothing, referenced in famous songs, at weddings, and much more.

There are a number of accessories that now make it possible for these loyal fans of the brand to bring Deere on the road by decorating some (or all) parts of their vehicle. Let’s take a look at ten accessories that can help these loyalists create the ultimate John Deere car.

Entertaining Farmers of the Future with John Deere Combine Toys

Combines are some of the largest, most fascinating pieces of agricultural equipment that can be found on the field or farm, easily causing kids’ eyes to grow larger and jaws to drop at the sight of their wheels turning. While it’s wise for children to stay away from these large pieces of equipment, it’s still possible for them to get up close and personal with combines in their everyday lives thanks to a variety of John Deere combine toys.

We’ve highlighted some specific toys that the little ones can get their hands on daily to learn more about how combines work in a fun manner. Enjoy!

Journeying Back more than 175 Years at the John Deere Historic Site

Today, John Deere has a worldwide presence, but it all started more than 175 years ago in Grand Detour, Illinois. John Deere set out from Rutland, Vermont in 1836, before opening a shop to repair and manufacture small tools, as well as a polished-steel plow that allowed farmers to cut through the sticky Midwest soil.

John Deere Historic Site Sign Journeying Back more than 175 Years at the John Deere Historic Site

Showing Passion for Agriculture with John Deere Computer Wallpaper

For more than 175 years, John Deere has been producing agricultural equipment based on their founder’s famous “I will never put my name on a product that does not have the best that is in me” quote. Deere’s dedication to bettering the agricultural industry while making life easier for those that make a living off the land has been the engine driving a growing base of loyal customers and fans of the brand.

If you’re happy to be a part of Deere’s passionate fan-base, take the time to scroll through and download any item of this collection of John Deere computer wallpapers that will surely show your passion for the brand and agriculture as a whole.

6 Items to Create the Ultimate John Deere Room for Kids

Deciding on a theme for a child’s room can be a fun activity. John Deere enthusiasts have it made thanks to a number of items offered by Deere that display love for the green and yellow. So, whether you have a little boy or girl that’s a big fan of Deere, or just want to add some Deere flare to a child’s room, Deere offers a number of products.

Let’s take a look at six products that we believe will help create the ultimate John Deere room for kids.

John Deere Piggy Bank

Piggy Bank 6 Items to Create the Ultimate John Deere Room for Kids

Interview with Bill McKeel, East Coast Equipment: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

Dealerships are one of the key components behind what makes John Deere one of the most successful agricultural equipment producers in the world. Without these dealerships (and their employees), equipment or product purchases and servicing would be made next to impossible, crippling the agriculture industry.

Last week, we featured an interview with Dale VanSlyke of Heritage Tractor. This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Bill McKeel, CCE sales representative of the Nashville, North Carolina, East Coast Equipment location to better understand what elements comprise a successful John Deere dealership.

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1972 JD 4020 Tractor Sold for $30,000 on Indiana Auction

How many JD 4020 tractors have I seen sold at auction over the past 18+ years? 1,684.

So it was kind of an eye opener when I run across a 4020 selling for the 4th highest sale price ever. Such was the case on a February 22, 2014 consignment auction in northeast Indiana where the 1972 JD 4020 diesel tractor pictured above sold for $30,000. It was the “originalness” of this tractor that made it pop with bidders. 4,180 actual hours. One owner. Shedded. Folks knew who the owner was, knew the history of care.

JD4020 IN 30K 1972 JD 4020 Tractor Sold for $30,000 on Indiana Auction

Interview with Cade Smith, East Coast Equipment: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

Dealerships are one of the key components behind what makes John Deere one of the most successful agricultural equipment producers in the world. Without these dealerships (and their employees), equipment or product purchases and servicing would be made next to impossible, crippling the agriculture industry.

We recently (November, 2013) had the pleasure of sitting down with Cade Smith , parts manager at East Coast Equipment in Washington, North Carolina, to better understand what it takes to operate a successful John Deere dealership.

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Cade was kind enough to share some business tactics and interesting stories he has encountered as a member of East Coast Equipment. Excerpts from our interview are as follows:

Video Gallery: Mixing Work and Pleasure with John Deere Utility Vehicles

While recognizing John Deere utility vehicles as a worker’s best friend, it can be easy to overlook their capabilities as the ultimate joyride vehicle. Over the years, Deere has made several updates to their line of utility vehicles, shifting from working-focused machines to their modern look, which offers a perfect blend of work and pleasure to riders.

Let’s take a look at ten videos that highlight some of Deere’s latest utility vehicle models and how they handle even the toughest off-road conditions standing in their way.

John Deere: XUV 550 and 550 S4 Video

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