Thoughts on an Amazing Week
Dec 20, 2015
I think we broke the internet yesterday.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, just another busy pre-holiday Saturday filled with lots of farm machinery auctions all over the country, that's how I had yesterday pegged as I settled into my office chair around 10 AM. Things took an interesting turn soon however, as a couple of our Machinery Pete Facebook followers sent me pictures, pictures that I instantly knew were going to blow up the internet.
Boy, did they ever.
The pic above, of a 1963 John Deere 95RC combine with factory tracks and a/c was sent to me by Travis M. from west-central Iowa. Travis just acquired this most unusual and historic Deere combine. I posted it to our Machinery Pete Twitter (http://twitter.com/machinerypete) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/machinerypete) and the things started spinning like a pinball machine. Within 36 min. the post with the 95RC combine pic had been "Shared" 147 times and already had gotten 727 "Likes". By this morning....1,928 "Likes" and 635 "Shares" on Facebook. Twitter blew up likewise.
Folks like to see, hear and talk about cool stuff.
I had posted another interesting/cool pic a couple hours pior...this pic of Demco's 3,000 bu. Harvest Link storage unit. Is it a grain cart?
All I said in my Facebook and Twitter posts was..."No More Waiting". Tons of discussion ensued, from amazed folks all over the world who were seeing and reacting to the image of this MASSIVE unit. Here's a link to info about it on Demco's web site: http://demco-products.com/agricultural-products/grain-handling-equipment/harvest-link
These posts that blew up all afternoon and evening yesterday were on the heels of a post I had made Friday evening (6:47 PM CST) about this 1991 John Deere 4455 MFWD tractor with 4,002 hours that sold for $80,000 Friday afternoon on a southeast Iowa farm auction...$80,000 is the 2nd highest auction sale price I have ever seen on a 4455. Here's a pic of it, what a beauty:
2 hours after posting the pic of the $80,000 John Deere 4455, I posted a 1 hour long Youtube video I had shot Tuesday night in Belleville, IL...a video interview / walk through with Tom and Jake Renner of Tom's absolutely unbelievable, incredible collection of John Deere tractors and totally unique farming items. Truly it was stunning. I've seen a lot of things when it comes to tractor and farming collections...but I've seen nothing that compares to Tom's collection. The Youtube video racked "Views" at an astonishing pace. By this morning, already 4,200 "Views" and 25 Comments. Folks all over the world were chiming in commenting on Tom's collection. Here is the video, trust me, you want to see it through, so much history:
Tom has been a single store John Deere dealer in Belleville, IL since 1973, http://www.shiloh-valley.com. What he may be most known for is his collection of John Deere 4WD Tractors. Wow, amazing to see them all lined up....about the nicest 8430 you'll ever see, 7520, WA-14, WA-17 and then around the corner Tom's 8020. In the Youtube video we watch as the 8020 lifts (sky high) an 8 bottom plow.
I was down near Belleville, IL on Tuesday night as we were shooting the huge Ritchie Bros. consignment auction at their St. Louis facility the next day (Dec. 16th). What an event it was! The day prior as I did live "AgriTalk" radio show on site they already had over 1,300 registered bidders. Folks were streaming in constantly getting signed in to bid the next day. By sale time...over 3,000 registered bidders. We sure had fun watching all the large late model used farm equipment sell. Just mind boggling to stand there and see 3, 5, 8, 12 items roll across the Ritchie Bros. stage and every one head home with a new buyer on this absolute sale event. If you've never been to St. Louis Ritchie Bros. auctions in late June and mid December, mark your calendar and make a point to do it soon...you will enjoy the day, I know I sure did. Here a few pics I snapped on Wednesday, also posted tons of video clips on Twitter:
And this early morning, before the auction started pic of the line of Combines to sell:
So how did things sell Wednesday? About like I thought they would. December has been a very interesting month here the first 20 days. Around Dec. 1st I began to see sale prices "softening" on large late model items sold on wholesale type auctions. Saw a lot more "No Sales" on big consignment auctions. But at the same time I've been seeing stronger sale prices on farm retirement and/or estate auctions, so like that 1991 John Deere 4455 for $80,000 Friday on the southeast Iowa farm auction, or this 1985 White 2-88 tractor with 4,876 hours sold for $18,500 on a farm auction here close to me in southeast Minnesota...yep, another new record high auction sale price there at $18,500, here's a pic of it:
I can't wait to see what next week holds...stay tuned.