In 2015, five small-farm owners in Canada were given a John Deere tractor to use for 10 weeks. Each of them was loaned a John Deere 3E Compact Utility Tractor or a 5E Utility Tractor. In exchange, we asked them to film what life was like on their farm for just a few minutes each. Some had never owned a tractor. Others usually borrowed a tractor from a neighbor to use when needed. And some of them already had a few pieces of their own equipment. These Get Down To Dirt videos are their stories about their experiences with using the tractor. These stories also appeared in the John Deere Journal.
Rob Krause and Joanna Mackie purchased their 120-acre property in 2011. Forty-five acres of their land was inundated with hardwood. Rob saw the potential the woodlot offered and set out to learn all he could about forestry. He initially started with only a chainsaw and his pickup truck, but quickly learned forestry work was extremely labor-intensive. To bring more efficiency to his work, he knew he would need to invest in additional equipment. Trying out the John Deere tractor and loader helped him better understand what types of machines might be useful on his property.