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It's been a wet one this spring. Many across the Midwest and South have had a very hard time catching a break from all of the wet stuff falling from the sky. While many have joked about the need for building a large enough vessel for pairs of animals to board, others are reeling from the devestating effects of having lost their farms, bridges, decorative landscaping, field approaches or more. This tragedy has affected...
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What a crazy summer it's been across most of the country. Whether you've had floods, hail, tornadoes, straight line winds, snow, blistering heat or any other craziness, it's been a season for the ages. With all of the unique pressures impacting many in the contractor market, it's been hard to get as many jobs as you'd like to get done. It brings up something an older gentleman told me a long time ago; working smarter...
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With football season coming back around and tailgating in full swing, we thought we’d talk about some fun tailgating games that the whole family can be a part of. There are just certain activities that the kiddos can’t always be involved in, but these games are a hit for the whole family.
 
BULZiBUCKET
 
We’re starting off with one of our personal favorites. BULZiBUCKET is a fun game that combines bags (or cornhole...
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The early part of tailgating season tends to be pretty hot. You stand in line for water that’s warm by the time you get it and sweat while you stand out in the sun all afternoon. Here are a few ways to beat the heat and stay cool while you tailgate.
 
Fans
 
Having a fan you can plug in at the tailgate or even small, hand-held fans will help keep you cool. It’ll also help your doggo keep from overheating if they’re along...
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If you’re like us, you’re getting really excited for football season to start. We put together some super fun and awesome ways to show your team spirit this season at the games.
 
  1. Balloons
 
Get water balloons in your team’s colors, fill them with water and freeze to put in the cooler or a tub to keep drinks cold.
 
  1. Cooler
 
Paint your cooler(s) to match the team colors of your favorite team. It’ll definitely catch...
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Do you like to get started tailgating early in the morning so you have plenty of time? Or maybe it’s an early afternoon game? Ditch the make-do hot dogs for breakfast, because this list will spark some ideas for actual breakfast that you can make right on the grill.
 
Grilled breakfast sandwiches
 
Choose your bread of choice; bread slices, bagels, English muffins, whatever you’d like. Butter and toast on the grill. Set...
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Thank the heavens, the snow is melting! If you're from anywhere north of Missourri you're probably thinking this. Winter was hard and long and while that meant many got some extra income via snow plow season, many others have had a delay to their start of the year and are in fear of losing jobs that won't be able to be done.

We are here to tell you there's a better way. Our product line was designed to save you time...
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Ground Effect is an innovative attachment line for construction, farm or landscaping use. Our flagship product is the soil finisher that comes in 3 different sizes and has mounts for most skid steers, dingo style machines, or tractors. Fully adjustable gauge wheels, rubber torsion pivot points, and collapsible flex link design are the key elements to superior functionality. This attachment requires no external power...
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Get a Jump on Spring with a Ground Effect Soil Finisher  
It's spring, and if Mother Nature wreaked havoc on your lawn with wind, snow, ice and run offs you may have a mess to clean up. It’s not too late to make your plans on how to deal with these issues on a permanent basis. Dirt work now will help your lawn to look beautiful come summer. You'll be ahead of the game this summer when you see your seeded areas thrive,...
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SIDEWALK & CURB EDGER

Do you have a hard time finding qualified help to run shovels? Is it more important to you to stick your quality help on jobs more important than running shovels?
If you've answered either of these questions with a yes then this piece of equipment deserves some serious consideration. This machine will save you time and allow you to get jobs done easier. There are attachment...

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Investing in Quality Equipment Increases Your Overall Profit Over Time
No matter the size of your landscaping business, it is important to invest in high-quality equipment right from the start. When you purchase equipment that has a solid reputation, you are making an investment in your own reputation. You won't waste money on equipment that will break down easily. It only makes sense that your business can only be as...
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Original post- http://www.tailgategiant.com/Blog/Top-8-Tailgating-Games 

8. Buzz Ball

 

Remember Paper Football? Buzz Ball brings back all of the memories of Playing Paper Football as a kid and combines it with a Well Designed Playing Surface. Buzz Ball just made the list at #8 but is definitely worth picking up! Even NFL Players and the Miami Marlins Mascot have played! Get yours Here.

 

  

 

7. Bulzi-Bucket

 

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The Ground Effect lineup of products are manufactured and assembled in our Simonsen Iron Works plant in Spencer, IA. We don't just manufacture our own products, we manufacture a variety of products for many known brands.

State-of-the-Art Manufacturing

Established in 1906, Simonsen Iron Works is a fully integrated, state-of-the-art, advanced manufacturing operation located in Spencer Iowa.  Simonsen specializes in...

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Our Ground Effect Soil Finisher is built to handle the toughest work on the job site or the farm. The Soil Finisher is perfect for horse arenas, new construction soil finishing, and landscaping or seed be preparation. You can even level out gravel and dirt for parking lots, baseball diamonds, or other high traffic track areas with uneven terrain.

The Soil Finisher works with a variety of attachments, including most...

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The Ground Effect Vegetation and Sod Cutter is one of our newest products and is quickly becoming a leader out in the field. This new addition to the Ground Effect lineup doesn’t take external power, has mounts for many equipment types, and is easy to operate.

It undercuts vegetation from construction sites or cuts traditional sod for resale or removal with your skid steer or 3-Point tractor. The Vegetation and Sod...

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At Ground Effect, we saw a need for a premium edger built for the toughest sidewalk and curb jobs. It was developed to save on man hours and complete concrete work quickly by limiting shovel work. For new construction or new pours, the Sidewalk and Curb Edger grades dirt directly to the pour, which works with a combination of attachments.

Blades are angular adjustable and come with a horizontal gauge wheel that...

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An All Weather Grilling Solution

For those of you that don't know, right now it's an average of 80 degree farenhiet in Florida. 78 in Arizona. and 82 in South Texas. Technically, thats winter for those southern folk.

When we say winter we mean the people in Boston right now getting feet worth of snow. Or Montana where it snows more months than it doesnt. Even in the Midwest where the wind makes even the most hardcare...
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This is how you tailgate. From park to grill, it just takes 2 minutes. Whether you want to have the best tailgate around the stadium, cater to a crowd, or even own your own food truck, the ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling System makes it easy to fire up an event.

This is a whole new level of grilling and tailgating that’s been designed to give you options. Everything you need is included to go from parked to ‘Mobile...

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If you take grilling seriously, you need a solution that takes grilling seriously. No more charcoal grills tossing around in the back of your car on the way to a tailgate or family reunion. No more cheap and unreliable materials. If you want a premium solution to your tailgating and mobile grilling needs, you deserve the best product on the market.

A Premium Designed and Crafted Mobile Grilling System

The ChuckWagon...

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Sometimes during football season, tailgating feels like the same old story. You pull up, you drag out the old charcoal grill, you fire it up, and you wait an hour. Your friends arrive and start the party. You’re stuck at the grill trying to get the coals hot. Your friends are hungry so you put some store bought patties on and hope for the best. Two hours after your initial arrival, you serve up some sub-par patties...

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ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling System


ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling SystemsAt ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling Systems we've made the ultimate equipment for outdoor cooking and entertaining. As a result, we utilize a lot of great recipes that are as mobile and innovative as the grilling system itself. The SS16 has a 40-inch, 5 burner grill and an always-even propane flame. We've put together the following recipe sampling to showcase just a few examples of the delicious and creative recipes you can...
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ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling System


Not Your Grandmother's Grilled Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes are a staple all around the country. Fresh or fried they taste fantastic. But, have you ever had them grilled? Try this recipe out to see how the simple green tomato can be the best dish at the grill-out.

ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling Systems

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet peppers
  • 3 large green tomatoes
  • A quarter cup of jalapeños
  • 1 teaspoon of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of...
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We call it the ‘Patio Position’ and the 'Storage Position'. From raising the roof of the heat guard to stowing away your ChuckWagon takes under 12 minutes, but you can see the entire process in a 2-minute video. This is a whole new level of grilling and tailgating that’s been designed to give you options.

Everything you need is included to get from the ‘Mobile Position’ to the ‘Patio Position’ in no time at all. From...

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ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling System

Bourbon Style Pork Chops

You aren’t going to believe this one. One of America’s classics, the pork chop, can be completely transformed by a mixture of terrific spices and a little bourbon.

Try this one out to see how the pork chop was meant to be eaten.
 

Servings:
Four

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pure rub chops (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches thick; 2 to 3 lb. total)

The Brine - To prepare the brine you’ll need to add these...

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ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling System

A part of what makes us excited about the ChuckWagon grill is taking the ordinary and making it extraodinary. Now this is a two-fer. We'd like to introduce the ChuckWagon way to make up some fajitas as well as fajita bites that can be made with the leftover meat of the fajita nachos.  What a grilled feast to enjoy!

Grilled Fajita Nachos

Servings:
About 12 friends

Prep Time:
24-hours of marinating

Actual Cook Time:

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You know that feeling you get when you first pull up to pregame with your friends, that feeling when you first sit down in your folding chair to unwind. Pretty awesome feeling, right?

How about that other feeling though? The one where you’re hanging out and you realize you still need to fire up the grill, set up the TV, dig out plastic cups and unearth the cooler from the bed of your truck.

That feeling is the reason...

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Having fun with food can make your tailgate stand out a head above the rest.  Whether you’re team is the ducks, or you’re playing a team with a duck mascot, or you just want to have a unique and delicious dish for your friends to enjoy, this one is sure to please.  We’ve broken this one up into sections for the various components. 

ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling Systems Recipes

Duck Confit Crostini with Macerated Cherri,...
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If you’re the guy at the game who’s cooler has the coldest beer, who’s grill has the most perfectly cooked burgers, who’s folding chairs balance comfort and functionality, then you know this to be true: tailgating is a whole lot of fun, but it’s also an enormous amount of work.

You buy all the supplies, you constantly check fuel levels, you mix the perfect drinks and man the grill so your friends can relax and have...

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One of the keys to a great tailgate is knock-your-socks-off food.  This one is a bit of a labor of love, but is always a big hit, making it well worth the effort when going for an unforgettable event.  Try it out this weekend!

ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling Systems Recipes

Bacon Stuffed Chicken Wings with Spicy Maple Glaze

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds of thick cut bacon
  • 40 Chicken Wings
  • 2 bottles Frank’s ® Hot Sauce
  • ¾...
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The BLU-JET SubTiller 4 lifts and fractures hardpan and wheel compaction caused by heavy equipment. The deep penetrating Shanks fracture hardpan up to 18” deep and up to 20” on each side of the shank with minimal surface disturbance.

When crop residue is only slightly disturbed, erosion is controlled. This year-round conservation tillage tool maximizes moisture absorption and reduces runoff to keep the water...

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When the time comes to finish up with a liquid applicator for the season, it is important to store it correctly in order to protect the machine from premature wear.

The most obvious check list items include cleaning it up for storage, flushing the pump, and parking it in a secure location.
    
The easiest way to clean the outside of the machine is to power wash it. Keeping your implement clean protects the...

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BLU-JET StripTill Systems decrease production costs.

According to the National Resources Conservation Service, the definition of StripTill includes the following requirements: the seedbed preparation is completed in a narrow band no more than 1/3 of the row width, and crop residue and soil consolidation is left undisturbed between the seedbed areas.

Different soil properties, weather patterns, and local regulations...

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Before filling the tank with fertilizer, pressure check the system with water to make sure there are no leaks. If there is a fissure, it will be discovered as soon as the pump is pressurized. The leak could be caused by a faulty hose or hose clamp. Water is a lot cheaper than fertilizer and is safer for hands, in case there is a leak.

While greasing the equipment, check nozzle mounts, row knives, and other parts...

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The AT4610 is a low disturbance, all terrain liquid injection toolbar.

The BLU-JET AT4610 is designed exclusively for producers that need to cover a large number of acres accurately and efficiently. This 60′ applicator is designed to give the operator an ideal balance of stability, tracking, durability, versatility, and customizable features.

The 1775 gallon cone bottom tank provides virtually complete drain out of...

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Loosen the locking nut to move the dial to specified pump setting.

All CDS-John Blue Next Generation Piston Pumps (NGP) have been engineered and extensively field tested to achieve the perfect liquid metering pump. John Blue Piston Pumps have a reputation and history built on superior performance, servicability and quality.

All CDS-John Blue Piston Pumps, regardless of age, can be hydraulically driven with our...

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LandTracker VTS—Fertilizer and Seeding System

The BLU-JET LandTracker 9400™ allows you to combine several operations into one, such as incorporating residue and/or fertilizer while breaking compaction layers in one pass, saving time and money. Two independently controlled three point hitches allow for a multitude of combination passes through the field including StripTill™, Combination Tillage, and Fertilizer...

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When the total nitrogen requirement is furnished post harvest, before planting, or at time of planting, the nitrogen sits in the ground until the crop is mature enough to utilize it fully. This waiting period increases the opportunity for nitrogen loss; meaning investment lost, plant malnourishment and environmental concerns heightened.

The opportunity for nitrogen loss depends on many factors, including soil...

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Circle R EdgeFlex fenders are strong enough serve their purpose but flexible enough to handle wear and tear.

Circle R pioneered the bolt on rubber edge fender in the Side Dump marketplace. 

EdgeFlex fenders have a flexible rubber edge that doesn’t crack when the loader hits it. 

This feature saves on maintenance, by resisting damage to the fenders. The bolt-on fenders also reduce replacement time should damage occur...

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The In-Cab Side to Side Switch System allows the driver to change the dump direction of the trailer from the driver’s seat, thus saving time and increasing the driver’s safety.

The In-Cab Side to Side Switch System can be changed while moving, saving the time that it would take for the driver to pull over and get out of the truck.

The Switch System also enhances driver safety; allowing the driver to remain in the cab...

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The BLU-JET TrackMaster with optional LevelPro features 22″ tear drop conical blades that funnel soil to the center and fills in pivot tracks in a single pass. The original TrackMaster “Vee” design moves soil back to the track center and the self-centering guide cone adjusts to varying track widths and depths, leaving a smooth, finished soil profile.

Currently, BLU-JET is working on adding an expansion package, which...

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Inter-Row SubTilling is used to eliminate compaction layers at the last possible opportunity to ensure the soil is as loose as possible for the roots of the growing crop.

Spring operations like leveling and planting can leave a compaction layer in the field that should be taken out. If ponding is observed in the fields during spring rains, Inter-Row SubTilling can be used to spot treat those areas after the...

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The Legacy provides the benefits of SideDress while also protecting the plant.

The Legacy SD combines the versatility and ruggedness of the BLU-JET Legacy with the efficiency of Side Dress operations.

Instead of the Legacy’s usual set of double tractor tires, the Legacy SD utilizes single tractor tires to allow for a better pull type side dress operation. The single tractor tires provide expanded flotation and...

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Air ride suspension is a suspension system that supports the load on air-filled reinforced rubber bags.

When compressed air is supplied by the engine-driven air compressor (the same one that provides air to the air brake system), the bags are inflated and they raise the chassis from the axle.

Air ride suspension systems provide several advantages over leaf springs, including better handling, easier and more...

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Vertical Tillage continues to be a very popular topic of discussion among farmers looking to better manage their residue.  Many producers are currently already using these machines, or are seriously considering implementation.  When speaking about vertical tillage, there are several items one should keep in mind.  These items include the varying definitions of the practice within the marketplace, how the USDA and...

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Blu-Jet Vertical Tillage System – Till, Fertilize, Plant[/caption] The Blu-Jet Vertical Tillage System consists of a Blu-Jet LandTracker 9400, a Blu-Jet Coulter Pro and a rear 3-point implement, usually a SubTiller, planter, or no-till drill, depending on fall or spring operation.

The LandTracker9400 is an implement caddy that can be used year round for a variety of practices, including StripTill, Vertical Tillage,...

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Excessive rainfall and denitrification can result in loss of applied nitrogen. There are many factors that affect soil nutrient levels, including soil type, fertilizer application and topography. One option to estimate the amount of nitrogen remaining is soil sampling. Soil analysis is a valuable tool to the nutrient status of a given field and, in turn, the inputs required for efficient and economic production.
A...
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The new 37’ SuperCube Dump Body is now available on the 2015 model year trailers. This dump body features the same amount of reliability and toughness that Circle R is known for, but with even more efficiency! The new 37’ dumb body offers a 26.1 cubic yard capacity and an incredible 42.6 cubic yard capacity when a high capacity kit is installed.
2015 Circle R trailers will feature a new suspension system: SAF Holland...
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Innovative design is one of the hallmarks of the Circle R success within the side dump marketplace.

Visit booth #3035 at Con-Expo to see what is next for the Circle R Side Dump product line.

Circle R Side Dump will be featuring the new 37’ SuperCube dump body and new Quint-Axle option.

The 2014 ConExpo-Con/AGG takes place from March 4th – 8th and will house 2,400 exhibitors with industries ranging from...

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Congratulations to Renee Nixon, our 2013 Employee of the Year![/caption]The employee of the year is one of those key individuals who is a very valuable member of the team. This person has shown leadership, dedication, knowledge and organization throughout the year and her attention to detail has been crucial to accurate and timely work.

Always willing to step up to new challenges, these attributes shined once again...

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Earlier this month, BLU-JET attended the 22nd Annual National No-Tillage Conference as a Title Sponsor. It was the second biggest NNTC ever, with over 1,000 no-tillers in attendance.

The Conference is filled with informative sessions focused largely on no-till applications. BLU-JET held a roundtable discussion, led by Dave Fickel, and the focus of questions asked was fertilizer injection with StripTill.

Also...

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The hiring of Lee Zhu allowed us to train a future key business associate about our Thurston business methods, our products and our culture. Lee will also be able to help improve China’s knowledge base for the service and operation of farm equipment.

Lee and his wife Sunny, our China consultant, have very important ties into the political, banking and business arenas of China, which are all key elements when...

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Simonsen Iron Works is adding a new machine to its arsenal. A Mazak OptiPlex 4020 sheet laser is currently being installed.

Currently, the electrical work and pre-install set-up is being done. A rigging company will arrive in mid-February to remove the machine from its crates and place the machine in its designated area.

The total machine and components installed weighs over 60,000 pounds. It is an 80” x 160”...

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October 1st, 2013 – Thurston, NE

Thurston Manufacturing Company announced today a shift in management responsibilities for some of its key BLU-JET Tillage Equipment sales areas. The areas affected include Iowa, Wisconsin, and Southern Minnesota.

“We are happy to announce that Show Me Shortline, LLC of Columbia, MO has agreed to represent BLU-JET Tillage Products in Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin,” said Nick...

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Circle R Side Dump is proud to announce the newest addition to the lineup of side dump trailers.

The new 37’ SuperCube Dump Body is now available! This trailer features the same amount of reliability and toughness that Circle R is known for, but with even more efficiency! The new 37’ dumb body offers a 26.1 cubic yard capacity and an incredible 42.6 cubic yard capacity when a high capacity kit is installed.

The...

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Thurston Manufacturing Company, Thurston, Nebraska, is proud to announce the asset purchase of a Spencer, Iowa, based company, Simonsen Iron Works. Nick Jensen, co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Thurston said, “This acquisition is an exciting opportunity for Thurston Manufacturing, furthering company diversity into a larger number of markets and industries by continuing to operate Simonsen Iron Works as a...

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Efficiency, productivity, and environmental responsibility. These three goals are chased by every individual or company in agriculture. One approach that helps growers obtain these goals is split-apply nitrogen.

When the total nitrogen requirement is furnished before planting or at time of planting, the nitrogen sits in the ground until the crop is mature enough to utilize it fully. This waiting period increases...

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For 40 years, Thurston Manufacturing, producer of BLU-JET Fertilizer Application and Conservation Tillage Equipment, has been a proud industry leader in design innovation for both product categories.

BLU-JET’s newest Strip-Till Implement, the BLU-JET Galaxy, has further enhanced the company’s award winning Strip-Till product line by offering a variety of narrow and wide row spacings along with the traditional 30”...

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Laci Lewis has been hired as Thurston Manufacturing’s Communications Coordinator. In her new position, Lewis will be writing content for company publications; creating outgoing mass communications to dealers, distributors and customers; monitoring industry related publications and assisting the Chief Marketing Officer.

Lewis has a degree in Journalism from Northeast Community College and a degree in Computer...

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Thurston Manufacturing Company was recognized at a White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture event on February 17, 2012 for their manufacturing success in a rural community. Ryan Jensen, Vice President of Operations at Thurston Manufacturing, and John Grose and Allen Hansen, representatives of First National Bank of Omaha, attended the event. Thurston Manufacturing Co. and 70 other businesses were recognized at...

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