This month we interviewed BlueRiver about his tractors, family, lifestyle and more. Find out what he does with over 4 different tractors in Southern Oklahoma!
Your Name: Todd Simonson
Location: Caney, Oklahoma
Post Count: 3,169 (#112 of all-time)
How long have you been a member of TractorByNet.com?
Since October 2007. I was searching for some tractor info and found TBN. I’ve been hooked since… actually addicted.
What do you like best about TractorByNet.com?
The information. No matter what information you are seeking, someone has experienced it and you can search it or post a new thread and you will get a vast array of information. Seems as if any member with info will assist and if not they will search and post a link to offer help in anyway they can.
The online friendships you develop. You seem to become a part of someone’s family—from coast to coast. I find myself sometimes asking, “I wonder how they are doing?”.
What type of tractors do you own?
John Deere 5520 Cab MFWD with FEL and Backhoe, Branson 5530 Cab MFWD with Fel, Montana 4340 Cab MFWD and Fel, Super A Farmall Restored, and a JD 110 Lawn Tractor (if a lawn tractor counts!).
How long have you owned or operated tractors?
I grew up on tractors. My dad had a dairy farm in the upper Midwest. We grew hay, corn, soybeans and oats. I guess I’ve been on a tractor since the H Farmall Dad bought new.
What do you enjoy most about tractors?
The versatility and HP. Choose the job and choose the HP to match the job. Makes life a little easier. That’s why I’ve got more than one. Just doesn’t seem logical to fire up 75hp to do the garden or fire up the lawn mower to cut 50 acres of hay.
How often do you use your tractor?
During the hay season daily from early in the morning to sometimes coming in with the lights on. Fall and winter I find a reason to fire on up.
Tell us about your property.
2012 we will run a total of 300 acres both owned and leased. Our home was built in 1984. It’s a story and a half—24×36 carport built in 2004, 40 x 60 metal barn with a built in workshop. Last spring we built the hay shed and we have a 12 x 48 combination hog barn and chicken pen. The home place has 3 ponds (tanks) stocked with fish and we irrigate from them.
Tell us about your vehicles.
2004 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Dually, 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 (grocery getter), 2005 JD HPX Gator, 2000 model Honda Rancher, 25’ GN flatbed, 18’ Bumper pull car hauler, 16’ cattle trailer.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, one house cat, two outdoors cats (although we still have mice because my wife feeds the cats to much), one Border Collie/Australian Shepard Cow/hog dog (my loyal best friend), and a Great Pyreneese to watch over the chickens and hogs.
What sort of modifications or customization have you done to your tractor?
I added front QD’s that run off the rear remotes for grapples & SSQA machines, GPS, Pats Quick Hitch, etc. Anything we can afford to do to make it easier on us.
What sort of tools, attachments or equipment do you use with your tractor on a regular basis?
Okay here goes: we have a Case IH round Baler, John Deere 346 Square Baler, two frontier DM 1160 disc mowers, H&S 10 wheel V rake, 10 bale accumulator and 10 bale grapple, 2 brush hogs, 3-point sprayer with boomless nozzle, PHD, cultivators, 2 row JD planter, 2 disc harrows, 3 point wood splitter, carry all, irrigation reel, JD grain drill, IH grain drill and too many numerous items to mention. A fair list if equipment.
What do you mainly use your tractor for?
From cutting, baling, raking, field work, spraying, digging, pushing, cleaning pens, gardening to just finding an excuse to use them.
Do you maintain crops?
We maintain hay ground. That’s the direction we are geared for: feed for the livestock as well as a cash crop. We also have a good sized vegetable garden and we sell fresh produce. No row crops in my area. I’d like a corn field and dream about a having one. It’s just not an option in my area. We plant winter rye and sometimes wheat for forage.
Do you keep livestock?
The 2011 drought forced us to sell the Brangus cows. Sure do miss them. Momma cows get into your blood. We raise Hampshire hogs for feeder pigs, have 30 laying hens for eggs which we sell locally, two Quarter horses, two good mules, one mammoth donkey to stand at stud.
What do you like or dislike about the area you live in?
Other than the hot summer days, there is nothing I don’t like about this area. I really like the neighbors. Everyone has the “I can help” attitude. Everyone knows everyone and everyone waves at you!
What sort of terrain is common in your area?
Gently rolling and flat sandy loam, with a clay base.
What sort of trees and vegetation are common in your area?
Cedar, Oak, Black Jack, Bois De Arc, Pine, and Walnut to name some. Our grasses are, Bermuda, Bahia, Native Prairie grass.
What’s something most TractorByNet members don’t know about you?
I served as a Fire Chief for 10 years, trained EMS, First Responder, Extraction Specialist, AED Certified. I also graduated with a degree in teaching. It wasn’t my cup of tea so I didn’t do that long. I hold a real estate license, am a licensed auctioneer and teach at an auctioneers college. I placed in the top ten at the World Auctioneering Contest in 1999.