Custom farmer Jeff Hoekstrahas never really been a gamblingman. On the contrary, he insists he wouldn’t be where he is but by the grace of God. However, he has been known to bet any customer who goes for a test drive in one of his Fendt tractors up to $100 thatthey can’t honestly say it isn’t the best tractor they’ve ever driven.He also has so much confidence in his equipment, his work and that of his seven-man crew that he provides a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee to his customers. If they’re not completely satisfied withthe work, there’s no fee
That’s part of the reason Hoekstra is totally sold on Fendttractors. When there is hay to be cut at the right stage of maturity,or crops to be baled at the ideal moisture level, he wants tractorshe can rely on day in and day out. Each year, Hoekstra and his crewcover between 50,000 and 70,000 acres around his home base near Waupun, Wisconsin. That includes multiple trips for cutting hay and merging it into windrows, baling hay, straw and corn stalks, tillage,spraying crops, hauling manure and planting everything from alfalfa, wheat and corn to peas and lima beans.
“I used to use John Deere® tractors that were traded every two years so they were always under warranty” he says, noting that he began custom farming approximately 17 years ago.“ Well, I had traded for a second Deere with their new IV Ttransmission,” he continues. “However, during the day, after the tractor heated up, it wouldn’t move very well. I told the dealer the reason I buy new equipment is so I can always be available to get the job done when the customer needs me.”