This growing season I’ve tacked on many miles traveling the countryside from story to story. Usually I stay alert and amused by listening to books on CD, but during the 2008 planting season I started a new game: machinery tally.
With high demand domestically and overseas, machinery companies are moving a lot of iron around to fill these orders.
My tally actually started when I coming back from the test plots in April. We got rained out, and on my return trip home I spotted a new Case IH combine destined for delivery. Fast forward 25 minutes, then a truck with a New Holland combine passed me on the opposite side of the highway.
Probably the most impressive string occurred on I-80 heading east toward the quad cities, when I encountered four John Deere combines within 12 miles.
Here’s all the ones that I could write down from I-80, I-70, I-35, I-90, I-74, I-55, I-85, I-75, I-57 and I-44.
Massey Ferguson big square baler
Two Geringhoff chopping corn heads
Two Massey Ferguson self-propelled windrowers
Brent Grain Cart
Four Kubota tractors
Two truck loads of Great Plains tillage tools
Fendt big square baler
Two Case IH combines
Three New Holland combines
Balzer grain cart
10 John Deere combines
Two John Deere row crop tractors
Three John Deere utility tractors
One Challenger combine
Three Massey Ferguson round balers
Four John Deere corn heads
Two Vermeer round balers
Seven truck loads of Krause tillage tools
Three truck loads of Sunflower tillage tools
Two AGCO row crop tractors
Three Caterpillar skid-steer loaders
When other people are in the car with me, I usually entertain them with where those machines are manufactured. If you are ever curious where machinery is made check out: Who Makes What Where
as published in our 2008 Machinery Guide.
I understand with demand in some machinery segments at a fever pitch and a weak dollar encouraging exports, many farmers are delayed in their deliveries. If you are in queue, what are you waiting for, and for how long?