He's the Hub
-- Customer Story
In the upstate South Carolina crossroads town of Lowrys, Wilson’s Farm Store is an agrarian hub—a place that, save for some modern tractors and sophisticated animal feed, looks as if it hasn’t changed in years.
The store was opened in 1988 by Joe Wilson, father of current owner Joey. Built on the site of what was once a cotton gin, the store is now laden with stacks of cattle and horse feed, cubbies of hardware and open wood boxes filled with seeds for giant curly mustard, daikon radish and black-eyed peas.
In addition to owning the store, Wilson farms 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, cotton, hay, timber and their newest crop, pecans. The family also has 300 head of stocker cattle and operates a trucking business.
To say Wilson is involved in the community is an understatement. Did we mention he’s also the mayor of Lowrys (pop. 200)?
“It was my turn,” Wilson chuckles.
That’s not to say Wilson didn’t earn the job and works to prove his mettle everyday. The same goes for his other businesses, which require a variety of skills and more hours than there are in a day … and night.
That’s a major reason he uses durable and versatile Massey Ferguson® tractors on his farm and at his farm store—they help him get the job done on-time and done right. His newest purchase is an MF4710. “I love it. It is a heavy tractor, a workhorse that is easy to operate,” says Wilson, who farms 1,500 acres in addition to running Wilson’s Farm Store at the tiny crossroads of Lowrys, S.C.
“A lot of tractors have horsepower but not a lot of weight,” he says. He believes the 100-HP MF4710, one of AGCO’s new Global Series tractors, may be the only machine in its power range capable of pushing 9-plus tons worth of bundled, stacked straw bales forward at one time, while loading them on a truck bed.
“I have a friend who owns another brand of tractor and when he gets the truck half loaded, he can’t push the bales any further,” says a smiling Wilson. “It’s incredible,” he adds of his MF4710. “We took pictures of us pushing the five stacks.”
Despite the weight (11,000 pounds) and power of the MF4710, it doesn’t sacrifice fuel efficiency. “We still have one green tractor, so we know what it’s like to burn fuel.”For more about Joey Wilson, see the full story at https://myfarmlife.com/features/hes-the-hub/.