History of Superior Sod

Don Curtis, 42 years ago. I was 23 years old. Our first harvest is upcoming in the Spring of 1975. This “Superior Sod” Sign is hanging on our current office wall located at 7340 Market Street in Wilmington,North Carolina.

Don Curtis, 38 years ago. I was 23 years old. Our first harvest is upcoming in the Spring of 1975. This “Superior Sod” Sign is hanging on our current office wall located at 7340 Market Street in Wilmington, NC

2. We built two metal buildings to house our offices and reception area, a full scale maintenance with a mechanic’s pit, and storage for all equipment during the winter months.

The Dawn of Superior Sod

3. Our lighted billboard sign along Highway 93 – the main corridor between Kalispell and Whitefish, Montana.

4. Superior Sod experimental plots where I was able to judge the best cultivars and those that handled that handled the Montana winters the best.

5. Budgets were tight and our first harvesting was done by hand using two old Ryan Harvesters built in 1957. Exceptionally hard work!! We were able to afford a used Brouwer Harvester in 1982.

6. Every long slab was picked up from the field, folded in half and hand placed on the pallet. It would take us 4 hours to build a semi load’s worth of sod. With today’s equipment this process is less than one hour.

7. Our first Brouwer Harvester in 1982 forged our production time way ahead, and left little waste.

The Early days of Superior Sod

8. Rear view of our Brouwer Harvester

We know Sod

9. A set of Roseman mowers to fine tune our mowing just before a harvesting.

Time for Harvest

10. We made this water filled roller to roll all sod that was to be harvested that day to eliminate any inconsistencies in out cutting depth.

Sod masters

11. We purchased a Piggyback Forklift to load our pallets of sod onto a 10 pallet truck, and this forklift would attach itself to the rear of the bed for unloading the pallets and spotting them around at the job site.

Fork lift for sod delivery

12. Lifting itself up and riding on the back of a loaded truck.

13. A German Neimeyer – the very best machine as part of the process for preparing the soil for seeding the next crop.

German Neimeyer Seeder

14. In one pass the German Neimeyer has the soil ready to be lightly disced and rolled firm and smooth with a cultipacker.

German Neimeyer has the soil ready to be lightly disced and rolled firm and smooth with a cultipacker

15. The cultipacker was used extensively as the final process after employing the German Neimeyer to finalize the packing, firming and smoothing of the seed bed. THE FIELD BEFORE SEEDING HAD TO BE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN ORDER TO AVOID UNNECESSARY WASTE WHEN HARVESTING!

The cultipacker was used extensively as the final process after employing the German Neimeyer to finalize the packing, firming and smoothing of the seed bed

16 A five gang set of Jacobson reel mowers were used for maintenance mowing. The Roseman reels would put the final cut on the sod – the day of harvesting.

17. The 14’ wide Brillion Seeder used for seeding our fields.

The 14’ wide Brillion Seeder used for seeding our fields.

18. Our pumping station along the Stillwater River. Two large Turbine pumps and a Centrifugal Pump was used to pump water up to a mile. Water was critical as we received little rain during the growing season.

Our pumping station along the Stillwater River. Two large Turbine pumps and a Centrifugal Pump was used to pump water up to a mile. Water was critical as we received little rain during the growing season.

19. With the approval and help of the MT. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, we assembled this truck and trailer system that could carry 34 pallets of sod throughout the state. We also loaded empty Coca Cola Trucks for their 10 hour journey back to Billings, Montana for another load of Coke for the Kalispell area.

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