2013 Could Be a Good Year for Farm Equipment Sales | VideoRene Thibault | 1/23/2013
For the most part, North Dakota farmers were able to avoid the severe drought of 2012 that covered nearly 80 percent of the country. “We did really well in 2012, there`s plenty of ground moisture. I think that really saved us because we really were dry in July and August, but the crops were good, we really didn`t have any issues, maybe some canola was a little down because of the heat, but otherwise 2012 was excellent for crops around here,” said Greg Bierschbach, a representative with Magic City Implements.
“We had a very good year, we had enough sub-soil from `11 where we had a lot of preventative plants, it made for a good crop for 2012,” added Clayton Fegley, a corn farmer from Berthold, North Dakota.
A successful year of crops meant that farmers like Fegley had their check-books out, looking for new farm equipment during the first day of the KMOT Ag Expo. “They`re looking at different equipment and different things. Upgrades finally after a few years. Just maintaining things.”
Implement dealers agree that 2013 looks to be a strong year for farm equipment sales. “Equipment sales and interest still remain strong, so I think we`re going to have a good 2013. Crop prices are hanging in there and that affects a lot of what we do,” said Bierschbach.
“We`ve seen an extreme level of confidence exhibited by our dealer network, as a manufacturer our order books are filled up until spring 2014. And our dealers are looking to acquire as much of our equipment as possible because they feel the market is there for their customers,” added Perry Weisberg, a marketing expert with Bourgault Industries.
New farming equipment, a reliable crop plan and a little help from Mother Nature should lead to another successful year for North Dakota Farmers.
Implement suppliers expect a strong turnout of potential buyers for day two and three of the KMOT Ag Expo.