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P&K Midwest is proud to be your local John Deere expert. With nine locations across eastern Iowa, our dealership network strives to provide you with the equipment solutions you need, when you need them. Whether you've got to mow, till, plant, build, or harvest, this blog is where we'll share industry news, the latest P&K deals, and some tips and tricks that might help you along the way. So, read on and enjoy! And if there is a topic that you'd like to see us cover, just give us a shout- we look forward to getting your feedback!

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED! Which means all of us at P&K Midwest are pretty excited to kick off another busy couple of months, helping you discover and realize John Deere solutions for YOU and your property! Because, as it turns out, as your local John Deere dealer, we know a thing or two about really owning your land. It all starts with a tractor like the all new John Deere 3025E Compact Utility Tractor & D160 Loader at P&K. It's got 25 horsepower and it's built ready to work.

SO in honor of spring, and all the fun projects around your property, here is our latest TV commercial. Hint: you're going to see some BIG-TIME deals. We look forward to helping you own your land with a John Deere Tractor. Because we're John Deere proud at P&K Midwest!

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Have you finished up your holiday shopping yet? P&K Equipment is a great place to find the perfect gift for all of the John Deere fanatics in your life! We've got 19 locations and each one has their own inventory of scale-model toys, ride-on/battery-operated toys, plush toddler toys, clothing, home goods, tools, workshop products, outdoor power equipment, and more! We've got what you need, and if we don't have it, we'll get it for you! So take a look at a few of our gift recommendations below, and finish up your holiday shopping at P&K Equipment today!

1. John Deere Monster Treads Remote-Control Gator (#TBEK46306)  $51.99

3. John Deere 7-Piece SAE Ratcheting Wrench Set  (#TY25249)  $74.74

4. STIHL Chainsaw with 18" Bar (#MS 271-18)  $389.95

5. Dealer Exclusive John Deere 12-Volt Gator XUV 550 (#LP49518)  $419.00
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John Deere’s 1023E is not only the most capable sub-compact tractor on the market – it’s also one of the most customizable. With, AutoConnect decks, iMatch compatibility and hundreds of implement and attachment options to choose from it can get overwhelming.

That’s why at P&K Midwest, we’ve created the Build-Your-Own program where customizing your 1023E tractor is as easy as ONE-TWO-THREE.

STEP ONE: Choose your loader.


STEP TWO: Choose your implements.


STEP THREE: Add a trailer.


Then just add up the savings which include 0% for 84 months with approved credit from John Deere Financial AND you also receive a Best-In-Class, No-Cost 6-year/2,000-hour Powertrain Warranty!

…the hardest chores on your list won’t stand a chance.

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When you sign up for text messages from P&K Midwest!

IT'S EASY! Just text 313131 to PKMIDWEST and ba-da-bing! You're set up and ready to go!

Never will we share your information with any 3rd party vendor and we won't bombard you with an unnecessary amount of messages. You'll only get the latest and most important updates and of course special savings!

Happy Texting!

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Take a tip from us, and check out John Deere's new TIPS NOTEBOOK. Available online.

John Deere just released a new website – – dedicated to answering your questions about how to get all kinds of jobs done around your place. It’s full of easy-to-understand instructions, videos, and links to product information and the how-to content is searchable, downloadable, and organized by project category.

Be sure to check the Tips Notebook frequently for the most up-to-date compilation of tips and follow us on Facebook at where we’ll highlight our favorite posts.


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Quality hay and quality bales don't just happen - they're made!

Here is some information we want to share with you to help you make the best bales for your operation.

Five Keys To Making Great Hay Bales:
1.) Tractor Setup
2.) Baler Setup
3.) Windrow Formation
4.) Driving Technique
5.) Monitor Setup

Video links (if a picture is worth a thousand words how much is a video worth?):

• Make Better Net Wrap Bales

• Cows Prefer John Deere B-Wrap

Reading Material (read this and learn to make better bales):
John Deere Netwrap Baling Guide

Final thoughts: In addition to John Deere Netwrap (B-Wrap, CoverEdge and Edge-to-Edge), here's a kit we recommend you use when baling which will provide added protection to your baler ultimately minimizing downtime.

BE32327 Speed Compensation 7, 8 and 9 Series Slip Clutch Alert Kit

This kit is included in base equipment for MY2010 and later models. It requires a Bale Trak Pro Monitor and MegaWide pickup.

The BE32327 serves two functions:
1.) Speed Compensation. When you want to run less than rated PTO speed, it will put the desired number of wraps on your bale.
2.) Slip Clutch Alert. If one clutch slips, the monitor displays a warning and beeps so you can make a corrective action. This helps increase the life of the clutches saving you from costly downtime and repairs.

Here's an example of the cost savings with the BE32327 Slip Clutch Alert Kit

Cost of an AE58932 540 RPM Clutch Repair Kit = $759* (PLUS labor and downtime)
Cost of a BE32327 Speed Compensation, Slip Clutch Alert Kit - $362*

*pricing subject to change

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We've launched a NEW tool on our website to help you find the value of your trade fast. It's called Value My Trade - clever name right?

Here's how it works:

STEP 1.) Visit

STEP 2.) Fill out the form and click SUBMIT DETAILS.

STEP 3.) You're done! It's that easy. A member of our P&K sales team will respond to you within 48-hours.

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Hey ladies 21-years of age and older! Join us for a night of fun at P&K Midwest, your local John Deere dealership and service center. That’s right – we’re taking over the store and welcoming you to enjoy an evening of fun, shopping, painting and WINE!

On Thursday, April 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm, we’ll have 20+ vendors (see list below) giving away door prizes and selling top-quality items. We’ll also have our friends at Barns & Brews, teaching a painting class in our upstairs training facility, where you can design your own customized barn quilt (visit their website to register)! And the coveted Glyn Mawr Vineyard and Winery will be providing tastings of their delectable wines, which will also be available for purchase.


  • TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Call them, text them, send a Snap!
  • Like and share the event with friends, family and co-workers via
  • Download/print our flyer and post on public bulletin boards (at your business, office, etc.)

List of Participating Vendors:

Barns & Brews

Glyn Mawr Vineyard


Butternut Hollow Crafts


It Works

KEEP Collective

Lilla Rose



Oragami Owl

Perfectly Posh

Premier Designs Jewelry

Pure Romance & Selfie Station



Thrive by Level



Women's Contemporary Fiction


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From L to R: Hiawatha Location Manager, Andrew McIntyre; Iowa ESGR Representative, Linda Hass; P&K General Manager, Scott Eisenhauer; P&K Owner, Dr. Barry Pollard (photo by Ashley Klopfenstein) 


The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced that P&K Midwest is among the 40 Iowa employers of Guard and Reserve employees that has been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award").

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 205 employers since 1996.

Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors. Up to 15 employers will be selected for this year's award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member. This year's nominees, represent large and small employers from almost every industry, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking service and security (just to name a few), as well as from state and local governments. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

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John Deere offers three unique stalk roll options for 600 Series Corn heads. Each is designed to meet the specific residue processing needs of our customers. Basically, they’re awesome but there are competitive models out there – and that’s ok, if you know your rolls and are armed with the facts.

Let’s talk fruit for a minute. Don’t tell me my Honey Crisp is a bad orange compared to your Valencia. Because it’s not an orange – IT'S AN APPLE.

What we’re seeing at Fall Farm Shows and in the market place today are competitors making performance claims after comparing their solution to the John Deere base option rather than the comparable John Deere solution. What is up with that?

We know you won’t be fooled and to help spot an apples to oranges comparison read below for a quick reference guide about the three types of John Deere stalk rolls. Need more info? Click on the links to view each product’s Sales Manual or visit your local P&K today.

John Deere Straight Fluted Stalk Roll unique benefits:

  • Aggressive stripping action and better stalk control
  • Primarily leaves the stalk intact for slow residue breakdown and moisture trapping
  • Reduced material other than grain (MOG) intake


John Deere Opposed Knife Roll unique benefits:
  • Designed for use when harvesting dry corn with the StalkMaster™ stalk chopping option
  • Cuts and sizes cornstalks 25.4cm (10in.) to 40.6cm (16in)

John Deere Intermeshing Knife Roll unique benefits:

  • More aggression stalk processing that opposed rolls
  • Designed specifically for high-moisture corn
  • Provides a self-sharpening action as the blades wear
  • Fracturing of the stalk increase the speed of residue decomposition and return of nitrogen to the soil
  • Less prone to plugging in tough, wet or weedy conditions
  • Also available on StalkMaster corn heads




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This year’s Iowa State Fair was definitely one for the books… and if you attended the festivities, you know NOTHING COMPARED.  We were particularly excited about the 33rd annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show.  P&K Midwest had the opportunity to participate in the charity event and we had a blast. 


Our favorite steer happened to go by the name of Dream Boy.  He was a crossbred steer, raised by Isaac Wiley of Walker.  Dream Boy came to the Governor’s Charity Show by way of the Benton County Fair, where we was Reserve Champion Market Steer.  Dream Boy was escorted around the fairgrounds and the arena during the show by our very own celebrity, P&K General Manager, Scott Eisenhauer.  And we might be a little partial… but our cheering section was the best, bar-none.  We had a great time cheering and participating in the fun, and supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. 


P&K Midwest teamed with the Benton County Cattlemen and other supporters, like Pioneer Seed, US Bank- Vinton, Newhall Locker, Vita Plus, Koopman Grinding, Kaiser AG, IDEAL Industries, Tama-Benton Coop, LG Seeds- Dane Reiter and Patrick Hall, and Ag Land Realty to sponsor Dream Boy.  At the end of the day, Dream Boy was purchased by Benton County Cattlemen and local supporters for $8,000.  Overall the Charity Steer Show brought in a record-breaking $222,686 for the Ronald McDonald Charities. 


So, thank you to the Benton County Cattlemen and the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show for allowing P&K to participate- GO TEAM DREAM BOY!

Enjoy these pictures, courtesy of the Team Dream Boy entourage...

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When ExactEmerge launched in 2014 the big buzz among those in the industry was its high-speed planting option. It gave producers the ability to go 10mph without any loss in accuracy, as long as field conditions were acceptable.

Awesome right? The only issue is this groundbreaking technology was available to only two John Deere planters – the 1775NT and the 1795.

That is, until recently.

Thanks to new ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits, you can add this high-performance feature to your 1770NT CCS MY11 or newer, 1790 MY11 or newer and DB Series MY12 of newer machines.

But wait, there’s more.

Not only do you get 10mph planting that offers accurate singulation, population, spacing and uniform depth you also receive the following with an ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit upgrade:

Brush Belt Delivery System – Gives you precise seed placement to the bottom of the trench with no bounce or roll.

High-Performance Vacuum Meter – Allows you to use a variety of seed shapes and sizes and maintains a target population even over terrain with slopes up to 15 degrees.

Brush-Style Doubles Eliminator – The bristles of this redesigned doubles eliminator sweep extra seeds away, limiting one seed to a hole, giving you precise singulation.

Dual Electric Motors – Compared to standard brush motors that generate friction and heat buildup, these electric motors operate off of ground speed which is more efficient.

Seed Sensor – Provides every vital bit of information for each seed traveling through the brush belt delivery system.

Improved Shank – Enhanced gauge wheel arm provides greater wear life and strengthened row unit shanks can withstand additional force and impact without fracturing, regardless of planting conditions.

Better Planter Performance – Seed Start Mobile gives you row by row map layers and with Wireless Data Transfer and, you can view data from anywhere.

Click on any of the above for more information or better yet, come visit your local P&K Pinpoint representative at our 2015 Technology Fairs. Starting at 1pm on the following days:

  • Sumner – July 27th
  • Keystone – July 28th
  • DeWitt – July 29th
  • Waverly – July 29th
  • Lowden – July 30th
  • Waterloo – July 30th
  • Mt. Vernon – July 31st

Can’t make it to the Technology Fair but want more information? Call 1-888-630-4020 and schedule a time to upgrade your planter today.

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As of Sunday – Summer is officially here and you are prepared. You’ve got your John Deere Riding Lawn Tractor ready to go. In fact, you’ve already been cutting grass this year. But did you know your machine can do much more than mow?

That’s right. Versatility is built into every piece of John Deere Riding Lawn Equipment. Adding an implement like a tiller or shovel, or an attachment like a bumper or cover can easily take your machine to the next level.

With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve narrowed the list way down and given you our top five implements and attachments for John Deere riding lawn equipment.

  1. Mulch Kit: Convert your lawn tractor into a mulching machine and eliminate the need for bagging, raking or disposing of grass clippings. Mulching is an environmentally friendly option to getting rid of yard waste.
  2. MCS 7 (Material Collection System): Excessively long grass clippings and clumps of leaves can mat on the surface and damage your lawn. Use a material collection system to easily and efficiently remove that and other yard waste. Great for those who compost!
  3. 44-in. Snow Blower: You can put down the shovel when you take your lawn tractor from mow-to-snow this winter! This snow removal attachment works well in all snow conditions and has enough capacity to handle any size job.
  4. Poly Utility Cart: Why carry when you can haul? This rust and dent-resistant cart features an easy dump release and a steep-angle design for complete emptying.
  5. Pull-Type Spin Spreader: Spread seed, fertilizer, insecticide and salt with this highly convenient attachment. The polyethylene hopper will not dent or rust and its large pneumatic tires and solid-steel axles ensure a positive drive.

When you decide on the implement or attachment you want – stop by your nearest P&K Midwest or give us a call! Our expert sales staff and factory-trained service and parts professionals are ready to help you get the most from your John Deere equipment!

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If you're like us, you love your John Deere equipment. And when you own and run a John Deere day in and day out, there's just no substitute. It's an integral player on your team, a part of your operation, an extension of your family. And if you're like us you've probably had at least one moment that's gone something like this... 

You're standing at the edge of your property, admiring a long day's work, wiping the sweat from your brow or running the dirt through your fingers, and you're watching your John Deere equipment like you'd watch your child at play. And all the while you're thinking to yourself, "Now THAT is a picture perfect moment!" We hear stories like this all the time and we've seen so many of your pictures you've brought in to show us. And with that green and yellow equipment against a backdrop of YOUR choosing, whether it's your newly mowed lawn, freshly mucked horse stalls, or waving wheat crop, we never get tired of seeing your John Deere equipment in motion.

For 2016, we decided to put together a P&K calendar, showcasing all of your favorite John Deere memories. After all, your calendar will be displayed on your wall for a whole year... wouldn't you rather have an old familiar friend staring back at you each month?? So get your cameras ready to catch those picture perfect moments and put your JOHN DEERE in MOTION... we can't wait to see all the productivity and innovation at work for YOU!

If you've already got that picture-perfect moment ready to go, click here to visit the Calendar Entry page and send it in!  

If you're not necessarily an award winning photographer, but you know you've got a photo opportunity in the making, snap the photo anyway! Click here to submit it... the great news is you don't have to be a pro in order for your entry photo to win!  

Submitting your photos does not guarantee that your photo will appear in the calendar. If your image is one of the twelve final images selected for the 2016 P&K Calendar, we will contact you no later than July 30, 2015. We will then arrange for a photographer to come out to your property (home, farm, ranch) and take pictures of your John Deere equipment. These are the images that will appear in the calendar.  Photos of your equipment will NOT appear in the calendar prior to P&K receiving your written consent.

If you have any further questions regarding the P&K Calendar contest, contact Ashley Klopfenstein, P&K Marketing Coordinator, at (319)895-8370 or

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Spring is in full force here in Iowa, and the summer months are right around the corner.  As the grass has greened up and the flowers are blooming- it’s time to start thinking about yard work, and more specifically, your lawn care.  You’ve probably already given your grass the first few cuts of the season… but as it keeps growing and you start mowing more frequently, there are a few important things to keep in mind. 

  1. Make sure your mower blades are sharp and that your mower is in good operating condition. Dull blades or improperly adjusted equipment will bruise the leaf tips, reduce growth, and often cause the lawn to have a silver-tinted appearance because the edges of the grass blades will be frayed. 
  2. Follow the one-thirds rule, never removing more than one-third of the grass blade in any one cutting. This will create more dense, much healthier lawn.
  3. Vary your mowing patterns throughout the season. This distributes the wear and tear on your grass, reduces soil compaction, and improves the overall health and appearance of your lawn. 
  4. Ensure that each lap with the mower slightly overlaps the previous one, so that the tires don’t go along the same path each time. This will help further prevent ruts in the grass.
  5. Mow slopes and shady areas one setting higher than the rest of the lawn. Because shady areas are protected (and not able to absorb normal amounts of nutrients from moisture and sunlight), and because sloped areas tend to dry faster (and thus also have trouble absorbing nutrients), these areas need to be mowed at a slightly higher setting.  This will leave more surface area on the blades of grass, thereby allowing for more nutrient absorption. 
  6. At the end of a lap, make turns on sidewalks and driveways whenever possible. And when space doesn’t allow for it, simply make wider turns as opposed to tighter ones.  Again, this will alleviate any extra wear and tear on your grass, and will prevent ruts.
  7. Avoid mowing wet grass whenever possible. Wet leaf blades clump together both underneath the mower deck and on the lawn itself.  When that happens, it makes it more difficult to obtain an even, quality cut.  But we all know mowing conditions are not always ideal!  So if you must mow in wet/damp grass, here are a few helpful hints:
    1. Drag a hose across the grass before mowing. This will have a squeegee effect and will eliminate some of the rain or dew. 
    2. Raise the mowing height.
    3. Slow down the mower speed (not the blade).
    4. Empty the bagger more often.

When applied to your lawn care practices, these simple tips will make for a productive mowing season and they’ll ensure the health of your lawn for seasons to come.  Of course, if you have any questions about your mower, the blades, and what will work best on your property, you can always give us a call at P&K.  We’re proud to be your local John Deere experts, providing you with all of your lawn and garden solutions!

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P&K Midwest strives to be a good steward and community partner in our local cities and surrounding areas.  Our goal is to provide a worthwhile impact for our customers, for our neighbors, and for future generations.  In order to do that, we aim to provide support to qualified organizations and programs focused in the following areas: 

       -Agricultural education programs and associations that provide inspiring, rewarding, and innovative experiences for both youth and/or adults.  
       -Community development opportunities, such as those supporting economic growth, resiliency, safety programs, and/or community relations activities.
       -Organizations that aid under-privileged youth and/or families with food, shelter, or other necessary resources.  

Please review the above guidelines to make sure your sponsorship/donation request fits within our parameters.  If your request does meet our guidelines, please click here to complete the online request form.  You can either submit it directly from the form or you can email a copy to  

NOTE: Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are no longer able to accept those submitted by mail, fax, or in-person.  All requests must be completed using the online form.  If you have any questions regarding donations, you may contact Ashley Klopfenstein by email.
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P&K Midwest is proud to announce that Dr. Barry Pollard has been chosen, by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, as a 2014 CASNR Distinguished Alumni.  Dr. Pollard graduated from OSU in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry before earning his doctorate of medicine in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma.  

As owner of P&K Midwest and P&K Equipment, Inc., Pollard has been a driving force behind the growth of the organization and the innovation of the equipment industry. Dr. Pollard has been a neurosurgeon in Enid, OK for more than three decades, providing both leadership and scholarship programs.  He also operates Pollard Farms, where he farms 6,000 acres and has a registered Angus cattle herd.  

Dr. Pollard and his wife, Roxanne, have five children and five grandchildren.  He is on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors.  All of us at P&K extend our congratulations to Dr. Pollard; and we encourage you to do the same next time you see him!

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P&K Midwest opened its doors in early 2012, and has ever-since been a key part of the P&K enterprise and agricultural communities across the Midwest. In summer of 2013, we added three more locations in Waterloo, Sumner and Waverly. With our now nine locations in Iowa, we strive to provide complete solutions, with honesty, courtesy, and a sense of urgency. Although young on paper, the roots of company history start somewhere in the heart of the western plains of Oklahoma, with the inclusion of our ten P&K Equipment locations in Oklahoma.