January 2019 Stories

Women of the Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association Educating the Masses about Ag Aviation

By Mark H. Stowers She was told by her mother not to marry a farmer, – much less an ag pilot. But Vicki Lawson did both as her husband Grover Lawson III was an ag pilot for years while farming, but now keeps his flying feet firmly on the ground of his Sardis area farm. […]

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Pecans: A Southern Delicacy Big Business for Some Deltans

By Greta Sharpe Pecans play a starring role in most Southern holiday tables. From roasted and salted pecans for snacks to pecan dressing to everyone’s favorite Karo Pecan Pie, the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without them.  They are often part of treasured memories and traditions. “My mother made wonderful pecan pies and I make

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MirTech Harvest Center

Bringing CLASS to the Mississippi Delta By Angela Rogalski • Photography by Rory Doyle MirTech Harvest Center was founded in 1996 by Colorado native Robert Krattli and his wife Natalia. The large dealer group has a multi­location operation in Eastern Europe and has had a long­standing history with CLAAS Manufacturers. MirTech established its first branches in the Delta in 2016.   Along with CLAAS, MirTech is the official dealer and distributor of manufacturers known worldwide, such as MacDon, Manitou, Salford, and many others. In July 2018, MirTech opened its Boyle, Miss. location and continues to expand its footprint in and across the entire Delta. John Oursler is the branch manager in Boyle. Oursler says that MirTech had three existing locations in the region before opening up in Boyle: Jonesboro, Ark., Stuttgart, Ark., and Sikeston, Mo. “We came to Boyle to establish our fourth location,” Oursler says. “We’re a full line CLAAS dealership. We sell combines, tractors, hay equipment, all types of mowers; so we’re a full line agriculture dealer here in Boyle.” Oursler says some of the other services they provide are 24/7 in­field parts support, 24/7 service support, and continuing education for their service techs about the equipment they sell. And they are very proud to offer CLAAS to this particular area of the Delta. “CLAAS is brand new to this area,” Oursler continues. “My goal with our branch is to continue to grow our presence and our footprint in the Mississippi Delta. We want to continue to develop relationships with our customers. And since July, we’ve actually experienced growth already with our business. Not only from selling new machines, but from the service side as well. We go out in the field and repair equipment, work on existing combines , so being here in Boyle, centrally located in the Delta, we’re able to service our customers from the north end of the Delta to the south end of the Mississippi Delta.” And offering farmers replacement parts for the equipment they sell is a significant part of their 24/7 service support. “Customers can come in and buy their replacement parts right here and we’re a distributor for many other manufacturers as well. We also sell a full line of things like grain parts, seed tenders, sprayers, planters, and we have accessories that go with the equipment, such as attachments.” Mirtech’s Boyle location is open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday­Friday and also has an afterhours number that customers can call and reach a MirTech associate. “But during harvest season,” Oursler says, “our store location is open quite a few more hours and on Saturday.”

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