The 5 Reasons You Won't Buy a Sprayer

The 5 Reasons You Won't Buy a Sprayer

Each year, Farm Journal Media surveys farmers across the country on a variety of topics. The most recent survey captured more than 850 farmers’ insights about nine categories of equipment and machinery, including tractors, combines, sprayers, planters, GPS and more.

One interesting finding – the majority of farmers do not own or lease even one sprayer. Of the respondents, 42.2% say they own or lease a pull-behind sprayer, while just 28.2% say they own or lease a self-propelled sprayer.

For the majority of farmers who don’t, here are the top five reasons they gave.

  1. Contracting out spraying needs is easier and/or cheaper (34.1%)
  2. Cost (21.1%)
  3. Time (16.3%)
  4. Little to no experience operating (9.1%)
  5. Liability (8.7%)

As for future purchases, fewer than 1% of respondents say they plan to buy a self-propelled or pull-behind sprayer in 2015. About 26% plan to purchase one “in 2017 or beyond.”

Other interesting survey results included the following:

  • Respondents are most likely to buy a 100 to 250 hp tractor in 2016 (9.7%) and least likely to buy a tractor under 40 hp (3.4%).
  • The top five combine brands respondents say they will purchase in “2017 or beyond” are John Deere (32.8%), Case IH (24.5%), New Holland (7.0%), Gleaner (6.7%) and Lexion (4.7%). Fewer than 5% of respondents say they will buy any combine brand in 2016.
  • The most popular implements and attachments that respondents plan to buy in “2017 and beyond” include corn heads (45.8%), mowers (40.1%), front-end loaders (39.3%), grain carts (38.7%) and vertical tillage tools (31.1%).
  • When purchasing new tires for agricultural equipment, 11.3% of respondents say they buy new tires annually, 11.4% every two to three years, and 60.8% every three or more years. Another 16.5% say they have not yet replaced their ag equipment tires.
  • When it comes to grain storage expansion, 19.3% of respondents say they plan to upgrade or expand storage within the next two years, with 16.8% planning those moves further out, and 63.9% with no plans to upgrade or expand current farm storage.

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