Machinery Insight from the Farm

December 10, 2015 01:09 PM
Machinery Insight from the Farm

Poll results shed light on purchasing behaviors in down markets

As another growing season comes and goes and grain prices remain sluggish, it’s interesting to see how the dynamics affect farm country. Each year,, powered by Farm Journal, polls farmers on machinery, technology and grain storage topics. The survey allows farmers to learn from each other and assess their plans and habits against their peers. The data also helps Farm Journal spot trends and provide stories that arm our readers with information they can use. 

Below you’ll notice most farmers are waiting to expand their fleet until 2017 or later, which is to be expected in light of grain prices. Knowing when and what farmers plan to purchase allows Farm Journal to keep a pulse on farmer needs and provide updates on technological advances in these categories. On the page at right, farmers chime in about tillage practices, on-farm storage capacity, expansion plans and GPS adoption. 

Take note: The email survey hit inboxes on June 26, and 859 active farmers weighed in with no incentive offered. 

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Spell Check

Kearney, NE
12/10/2015 05:19 PM

  I'll belatedly weigh in on your survey; I have absolutely no interest in purchasing machinery of any type for the foreseeable future. Machinery is simply too expensive. And that was the case even when corn, beans, cattle and wheat were at their highest prices. Most machinery wears out long before it could ever be paid for via its use. Machinery generally is the poorest investment that one makes on the farm-a necessary evil. However, an evil that can be kept at a minimum.


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