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John Deere Tara
Often in Iowa
I really never thought I'd be doing this, but it's too much fun to stop.
Interests: i read constantly, love motorcycles and fast cars, exercise regularly, fan of all things carbohydrate-based
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It's done! Some amazing volunteers and my dedicated coworkers turned 300,000 cans of food into a life-size canstruction of a new S Series combine. The best part is that all of these cans are headed to a local food bank in a few weeks. This is just a temporary (if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Ok, everyone, I've got a favor to ask. I know from twitter, facebook and blogs that Ag people take some AMAZING pictures. Please help me fight hunger by creating a virtual can for Project Can Do. Sure, we may be trying to build the world's largest can sculpture, and yes,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I'm getting this odd feeling that I've been spending too much time on my computer lately. At least a certain kitty seems to think so Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I'm in Chicago for some training, and the nice guy at hotel registration asked me how to spell "John Deere." Been a while since that has happened to me. It's unusual for work trips to take me somewhere without some tractors. Still, the view from my room is pretty nice. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Wow. I've had one of those weeks that was just full of big news that I wasn't able to share with any one till after the fact. Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave a speech at John Deere Des Moines Works. It was a big deal. The kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
This week marks one year since I changed jobs from advertising to corporate communications.It has definitely been an adventure. I learned A LOT, both about how a factory operates and about what I want to do when I grow up. Looking back, the past 12 months have been a whirlwind.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
They've harvested the corn around the factory. I think it happened last weekend; it was there one day, and the next there was stubble. I wish I'd been able to get some pictures of the combine in action. I did get to see a big 9000 Series tractor pulling a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I have to admit that I still get excited every time I see the Mississippi River. Growing up on the East coast, the river has always been linked to Out West to me. We read about it in context of pioneers and settlers, Laura Ingalls and Tom Sawyer. Working for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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In all my excitement to post pictures from my last trip, I forgot to explain what exactly the trip involved. How about 3 states, 4 hotels, and over 650 miles in a rental car? And a few other exciting things like a ride in Deere Force (not the official name),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Sun comes up behind the new S Series Combines before a day of outdoor classes. The marketing team did a great class where dealers got to spend time sitting in the new cab and learning the new controls. All of the info for the new S Series Combines is available... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I had a front row seat this year at the John Deere Intro event, which means I got some good shots of the new equipment as it made it's debut. Things like the new 9R Tractors.... And the 4940 Sprayers .... And some other fun new equipment. You know, little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
Just did a quick count of the gadgets in my hotel room. I have: One laptop 1 iPhone 1 blackberry (I regret that decision) 1 iPad (with Bluetooth keyboard!) 1 flip camera 1 still camera 1 camcorder (with external mic, in case) 2 tripods 1 external harddrive 1 card reader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Rock Island, Illinois. All of a sudden, the light in my room turned a beautiful shade of rose. I looked out the window just in time to watch the sun set into the Mississippi. Glorious, even in a cell phone camera picture. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I grew up listening to the Oak Ridge Boys. I knew the words to Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight long before I knew what a traveling man was or why Mary's mom would be broken hearted. So when I found out that they would be at the fair for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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You have to give it to the fair- there's no where that looks quite like one. In college, some of my city-living friends were talking about going to the fair for a 2-for-1 ride night. I said that I loved the fair, but that I never actually went on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Deere sighting at the Iowa State Fair! I think the need a whole Deere barn, personally. They did have tractors for the people-movers, too. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Went for a motorcycle ride on the back roads north of Des Moines today. It was beautiful! It's been a while since I was out on roads with so little traffic- it was nice and relaxing. And Iowa back roads are so straight that it's hard to get lost and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Posting these pictures is a case of "better late than never" since it's been over a month since I took them. I got stuck in a detour thanks to construction on the bridge over the Mississippi and saw this old railway sign. The tracks run beside the river, and this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Got some updates of the corn field around our factory this week. Doesn't look too bad, especially compared to some of the soggy fields I was seeing earlier this year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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Finally posting pictures from my Waterloo trip last month. No pictures from the tour, since cameras aren't allowed, but I did get to see some brand new 7R tractors rolling off the assembly line. There are actually multiple plants in Waterloo, including one of our last foundries in North America... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Rock Island, Illinois. All of a sudden, the light in my room turned a beautiful shade of rose. I looked out the window just in time to watch the sun set into the Mississippi. Glorious, even in a cell phone camera picture. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
This looks like a fun (and free!) event for anyone near the Quad Cities later this month. The John Deere Pavilion is sponsoring an Ag Education Day, completel with a petting zoo, pedal tractors, blacksmith demonstrations, and of course, lots of green and yellow equipment. I owe everyone pictures from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
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This is the view outside of my office: Yep, that's corn. Lots of corn. And some brand spankin' new equipment waiting to be shipped to a dealer. Notice the fences around said corn. Considering the cost of the equipment (and the equipment we use to build the equipment!) the John... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
While I'm sharing fun videos, I have to post this great one that was posted on the John Deere Facebook Page to celebrate reaching 500,000 fans. This is how some of our fans responded to the questions "what does John Deere mean to you?" You guys are the best! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture
I've been enjoying the webisodes for the new combine that's coming from John Deere this fall. Because I work with the equipment for seeding and spraying instead of harvesting, I didn't know anything about the new combine until I saw these on the John Deere website. You can see all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Adventures In Agriculture