Whether you're looking to buy or sell, Craigslist has become the place to go, as shown by one notable ad recently posted by an Iowa farmer selling his disk ripper.
The hilarious posting is currently featured at the top of the Best of Des Moines Craigslist.
“Back when corn was trading at $6, I thought it'd be a good idea to buy an overpriced used disk ripper at retail dealership prices,” writes the seller.
He thought the good times would keep rolling, and he needed something to knock down corn stalks. It didn’t hurt the neighbors had just bought a similar implement. So, as corn prices went up to $7 per bushel, he went ahead and ripped up the pasture, took out fencelines and nearly talked his wife into planting corn in the front yard.
“But on the pedagogic scale of great ideas that just didn't seem to work out, this idea will probably end up ranking somewhere between ‘urinating directly onto an electric fence’ and ‘sticking my hand into the baler to clear out the jam'," he admits.
Finances, as with so many things in agriculture, quickly entered the mix.
“Anyway, as the alcohol-induced corn boom (ethanol) violently turned to bust, un-pleasant realities of that mystical numberland called 'Finance' started to appear. Turns out that the banker actually wants his money back WITH interest! I couldn't believe it,” the Craigslist patron recalls.
Crop insurance and government aid had almost made the farmer forget how economics worked, but with $7 corn, it didn’t really matter what the banker thought--at least at first “But now, with negative margins and stubbornly expensive inputs, I need to sell this piece of equipment. It is a used 7 shank M&W 1875 disk ripper. It has the auto-resets, which is nice,” he writes.
Prospective buyers might want to know that there is no harrow on the back for leveling ridges. “You might think that's a bad thing, but I've found that a particularly rough field keeps the trespassers, hunters, poachers, snowmobilers, and meth lab junkies out of the field during the winter," the seller says.
The farmer's first asking price was $8,900. He’ll take more money if you really want the disk ripper.
Or less. “My goodness!" he says in the ad. "December corn got slaughtered yesterday...down another 20 cents after the Planting Intentions report. Let's make it $8,500, and everyone goes home a winner!"
What farm machinery have you bought or sold on Craigslist? Let us know in the comments.