Maximize Your Winter Operability

Thanksgiving is in the books. The Christmas tree is calling your name (or is that your wife?) to be carried to the house and get set up. Inevitably, turkey is for lunch. But first, let’s talk about the approaching cold.

Following three inches of rain in some places of our trade territory last week, we didn’t hear much complaining about the 10-day forecast upon us:

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This forecast will surely have farmers running wide open to wrap up harvest 2017. As things in the field slow down, it is important to look to the next season and be prepared for all that could lie ahead – far past a 10-day outlook.

Diesel performance

  • This time of year, temperatures can swing dramatically causing condensation to collect in fuel storage tanks, which can then lead to icing should temperatures drop again dramatically. Keeping fuel tanks full this time of year will minimize opportunities for condensation and ice-related fuel failures.
  • Block heaters are not designed to warm an engine. They are designed to maintain the heat already generated in the engine. Thus it is crucial that the truck be plugged in while the engine is still warm.
  • Be sure you have talked with your EnergyPro specialist about adequately treating your bulk fuel tanks for the temperatures you will be dealing with this winter. We’ll be happy to sit down with you to develop a plan for making sure your diesel vehicles and/or equipment run strong all winter long.Icing can be as much of a challenge to diesel fuel, as can fuel gelling. Because of the threat of icing, we regularly check the fuel storage tanks we fill for moisture. In addition to good tank maintenance practices, CountryMark premium diesel fuels also contain powerful de-icers, which dramatically lower the point at which free water in the fuel system freezes.
  • Installing a 30 micron filter on your fuel storage tanks in preparation for the coldest months of the year can help insure the performance of your diesel fuel all winter long. Need new fuel storage tank filters? Contact us today for the winter diesel fuel supplies you need.
  •  Be sure air hoses are hooked up to each other or to the dummy gladhands when the equipment is not in use. This is one of the leading causes of brakes freezing up.
  • Be sure gladhands hook up tight. If they go on loose they will come off in a tight turn and will cause unnecessary cycling of the air compressor. Make sure you have a nice and snug fit.


Follow these guidelines to ensure your tractor and truck fire up when it is time to feed hay, move snow, run the auger, haul grain and more. As always, Harvest Land’s energy team is here to help you weather those winter months, to ensure you’re running on all cylinders at any degree.



Happy Thanksgiving from the Farm


Happy Thanksgiving from the Farm

If only for a half day

The engines are all shut down

The combine is quiet and put away

No one is on a parts run to town


This Thursday is a special one

Whether from the boulevard or rural route

We’ll take a day to gather ‘round

And recall what Thanksgiving is about


It isn’t standing in a drawn-out line

To claim the next great deal

Or panicking about the oyster dressing

Trying to create the perfect meal


Thanksgiving is about slowing down

And finding gratitude in your heart

It’s about looking around at the ones you love

And thanking God for today, another start


It opens a season of giving to others

Giving to those who may be without

Donating food, coat, hat and gloves

That’s what Thanksgiving is about


Though the morning may be hectic,

With mixing, filling, pouring and baking

Take a few minutes to watch the parade with the kids

and think of the old-fashioned memories you’re making


When the meal is over and dining room cleared

family searches the farmhouse for somewhere to sit

Farmwives find themselves thankful for Tupperware

and enough un-cracked, matching lids that fit


For days on end it will be strung out

Green beans and cranberries for every meal

By Friday the youngest declares he hates turkey

And Farm Mom wonders how she’ll deal


Far past Thursday let the enthusiasm carry on

Showing daily gratitude for life’s many gifts

You may be surprised how things turn around

And how many spirits a heart of gratitude can lift


This Thanksgiving pause and give thanks

For good health, warm home and life on the farm

Though the markets, weather and expense may wear us down

For this livelihood many would give their right arm

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Veterans Day

Off in a field along a busy state road in the middle of our trade territory rests this lone silo.

Veterans silo

I don’t pass that way often, but when I do I’m always sure to seek out the silo and quietly give thanks for the men and women who have served our country. I remember that when I went to college, so many my age went to war. I’m reminded that a veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including their life.


Do you know the origin of Veterans Day?

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.


Even if you miss the 11:00 symbolism, this weekend and always we hope you’ll take a minute to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. We certainly don’t know them all, but we owe them all.






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