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Voting has started for Stuck in the Muck!


Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Stuck in the Muck Community ManagerOct 03, 2012

It's that time of year again! It's time to vote for your favourite photos on Stuck in the Muck!

We had some great pictures submitted this year, and we need your help to pick the winners. Visit www.stuckinthemuck.com every day to vote for the best stuck photo. The winners will get a brand new tow rope to help them out next year.

At Flaman Group of Companies, it's important to us to give back to our customers and the farming community. That's one of the reasons why we started this fun photo contest. We're thankful for your support of the contest over the years. I hope you'll enjoy looking at and voting for this year's group of photos.

You can vote once a day for your favourite photos, so visit the website often! Winners will be announced at the beginning of November.

Good luck to all who entered!

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Congrats to the winners of Stuck in the Muck!


Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing DivisionNov 08, 2011

Some lucky Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba producers have turned a frustrating wet season into a winning situation.

The winners of the Great Stuck in the Muck Photo Contest have been determined by your votes! The winners of a new 50 foot tow rope are:

  • Shauna - Perras, Montmartre, Sask. – Best Overall
  • Dan - Vanbeselaere, Waskada, Man. – Best Stuck Tractor
  • Eddy - Kish, Cupar, Sask. – Best Stuck Combine
  • Tim - Bastable, Wauchope, Sask. – Best Stuck Sprayer
  • Justin - Brown, Prince Albert, Sask. – Best Stuck Industrial Equipment
  • Travis - Priest, Lethbridge, Alta. – Best Stuck Truck
  • Evan - Sauer, Edenwold, Sask. – Most Comical
  • Cody - Grasdal, Biggar, Sask. – Muddiest Digger
  • Katherine - Palaschak, Edmonton, Alta. – How Did That Happen?

Stuck in the Muck (www.stuckinthemuck.com) began two years ago as a place for farmers to upload and share photos of their equipment stuck in the mud. The site has since evolved to a place where producers can help each other with problems they face while farming in wet fields by leaving a tip in the Getting Unstuck Tips forum.

At Flaman, we believe Stuck in the Muck has created a sense of community among producers. We call it Facebook for farmers – a place where they can share common experiences and have some fun.

This year there were more than 50,000 visits to the website since it re-launched in May and over 155,300 visits since it was first created a year ago. We had 358 people from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba submit 383 photos and over 1,200 people from across the world visited the site to vote for their favourite pictures.

One photo that got plenty of votes was Shauna Perras’s photo of her “stuck” tractor cake. She won in the Best Overall category.Perras, who has a cattle and grain farm in Montmartre, baked the cake for her nephew Nate’s third birthday. She entered the photo of the 3D cake that’s shaped like a John Deere tractor stuck in the mud when a neighbour suggested it.

“It feels awesome to be a winner,” Perras says. “The community was really great about voting. And Nate just loved the cake.”

Dan Vanbeselaere submitted a picture of a tractor that got stuck by a hired hand while he was seeding his father’s field near Waskada. He won in the Best Stuck Tractor category.

“It was the second time we got stuck that day,” he explains. “We call the mud dinosaur snot because that’s what it looks like. That’s the only place I’ve seen mud like that.”

Vanbeselaere says they had to use a track hoe to drag the tractor backwards through the trench to finally get it out. He entered the contest because he’d never seen anyone stuck that much in a long time. He says he can guarantee he’ll put the new tow rope to good use.

The winning stuck photos will also be featured in a 2012 calendar that will be used as a fundraiser for local charities. Giving back to the community is an important mandate of Flaman. Our company’s founder, Frank Flaman, gives over a million dollars to local and global charities through the Frank Flaman Foundation each year.

Flaman has also drawn three random winners from all of the entries, who will win a tow rope and appear in the calendar. Congratulations to:

  • Leonard - Walder of Lauder, Man.
  • Gary - Ostafichuck from Wakaw, Sask.
  • Nathan - Stamp from Scandia, Alta.

The winners, along with all the submitted photos, can still be viewed at www.stuckinthemuck.com.

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Only a few days left to vote for Stuck in the Muck!


Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing DivisionOct 27, 2011

Have you voted today?

There were so many great photos submitted to the Stuck in the Muck contest that we need your help picking the winners. But you have to hurry, there are only a few days left to vote for your favourite photos.
 
You can vote once a day for each picture, but you can vote for as many photos as you like. This year there are new categories to choose from, like Best Overall, Best Stuck Tractor, Best Stuck Sprayer or Muddiest Digger.
 
Categories winners get a new tow rope, will appear in a 2012 calendar and get bragging rights!
 
Visit www.stuckinthemuck.com today.  
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Get unstuck without damaging your tractor


Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing DivisionJul 12, 2011

For Ryan Kahovec, getting stuck in the mud while farming near Rosetown was inevitable – there wasn’t much to be done to stop it. But he was convinced there was a better way for him to get unstuck, without damaging his equipment.  

“We use a grain cart with a weigh scale, so if you’re stuck you can’t pull it from the back or you’d wreck it,” Ryan says, who farms 10,000 acres of cereals and pulse crops with his family. Unhooking the cart takes about half an hour, wasting precious time when you’re harvesting.
 
“We needed something to hook on the front of the tractor,” he says, but adds his John Deere had no place to hook a rope. “We needed something that ties the frame rail together so you can pull without bending.”
 
So Ryan decided to solve his own problem, and created a tow bar that easily attaches to the front of the tractor with eight bolts, using existing holes. The bar is made of a drop plate and tube with a lug in the centre. “You just hook up a rope or strap to the lug and away you go,” he explains.
 
Ryan made the first tow bar for himself, but soon his neighbours saw it and wanted one as well. He saw the Stuck in the Muck website as a great place to share his idea. Ryan himself has added some photos and he goes back to the site a couple times a week to see what’s new.

“It’s important to me to try to help other farmers. So many frame rails on tractors get bent from pulling,” Ryan says. “If you hook on a four-wheel drive tractor and pull at a 45 degree angle, it takes less power and you won’t bend the frame. But you need that attachment to hook the rope onto. It’s handy at seeding too, as you can hook on and pull with another tractor to get the unit out and going quickly.”

Cody Grasdal, who farms just north of Biggar, uses one of the tow bars on his 9530 triple tire John Deere. With the last tractor he had, Cody bent the frame trying to pull himself out of the mud. He knew he’d get stuck and need a tow bar this year because of all the rain that’s fallen.
 
The tow bar has worked really well, he says. It’s helped pull him out a couple of times and has not bent the frame. “One time we had two tractors pulling on the 9530 to get it out and the tow bar saved the frame from being damaged,” Cody says.
 
Right now the tow bars only work on John Deere tractors, for the 30 and 9000/20 series, but Ryan is looking at creating new ones for others manufacturers. For now, his advice to farmers who get stuck is to use heavy duty shackles and ropes, instead of chain, “and just take your time pulling.”
 
If you're interested in purchasing a tow bar, please visit our Parts website here.
 
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