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Reliable and Versatile

No need to hunt for a new tractor brand. Massey Ferguson tractors have earned their keep on the Ustey’s land.

The MF390 is a good fit for year-round yard maintenance because of its compactness.

The MF390 is a good fit for year-round yard maintenance because of its compactness.

At the 30,000-acre Water Valley Lodge, food plots need planting and maintaining; hay needs baling; fields need spraying; and everything from firewood to topsoil needs to be moved around the expansive property. What tractor gets the nod to do the work? Massey Ferguson does, because, says Water Valley owner Jake Utsey, the brand provides the reliability, efficiency and versatility that such a variety of jobs requires.

Massey Ferguson iron has been a constant on the Utsey land for three generations (and counting). “My father did business with Jake’s granddad,” says Jay Chapman, owner of Chapman Tractors out of Waynesboro, Miss. “We also did lots of business with Jake’s dad.”

“We learned to farm on a pair of 135s,” Jake recalls. “My dad always said those were some of the best tractors ever built.”

“The weight and maneuverability of the Massey tractors are a perfect fit for his business,” Chapman says. “He works his tractors pretty hard.” Weighing in at 9,080 pounds and 8,000 pounds respectively, Jake’s MF4360 and MF4243 are heavy enough to turn the tight corners needed in his operation. The hydrostatic power steering system on the MF4360 allows for that greater control and maneuverability.

Jake uses his MF4243 to cut, move and load hay, pull mowers and disk. His MF4360 is used to cut, bale, spray, drill, mow and disk. Another tractor, an MF390, is a good fit for year-round yard maintenance because of its compactness. “And we’re using our MF275 to rake and to pull quail wagons,” Jake says.

Logging long hours, especially during hunting season, also makes comfort and ease of use a necessity. “I like the visibility and cab comfort; there’s plenty of room in the cab, plus the control placement is comfortable for the operator,”
Jake says.

Like his great-grandfather, grandfather and dad, 10-year-old John Jacob is the family’s fourth generation to rely on the efficiency of Massey Ferguson to complete his chores. “The Utseys are Massey Ferguson people,” Chapman emphasizes. “Their blood runs red.”

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