Illinois Grain: Machinery Value Comparison – 2006 v. 2016

🕔Jun 18, 2018As farm incomes began to increase after 2006 due to higher grain prices, machinery values began to increase as well. There are many reason for this increase. We will compare […]

Farm Equipment: A Black John Deere? German Factory Tour – DTN

🕔Nov 16, 2017I met Saskatchewan farmers Fred Butuk and Eduard Bomers last Friday at the entry to the John Deere tractor factory in Mannheim, Germany. We were there for a factory tour: […]

Ag Economy Barometer: Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

🕔Nov 7, 2017The latest measure of agricultural producer sentiment improved slightly during October to 135, its third-highest level since data collection began two years ago (Figure 1). Although stronger than a month […]

Farm Machinery Costs and Custom Rates

🕔Sep 5, 2017Numerous farms that are either hiring a custom operator or providing custom rate services to other farms use published custom rate surveys. Though this information is very useful when establishing […]

Illinois: Farm Machinery Values, Then and Now

🕔Mar 21, 2017This article reviews machinery values from a group of Illinois grain farms at two points in time. Total machinery value and machinery value per acre are reviewed from periods that […]

Texas: Catching Up and Staying Ahead of Farm Repairs

🕔Dec 21, 2016Ryan Roberts, a ranch hand at 7P Ranch near Winona, put his cutting torch flame to the cracked and bent pipe-pocket hinge on a gate leading to separating pens. A […]

Farm Taxes: Accelerated Depreciation and Machinery Purchases

🕔Dec 2, 2016It is a common tax management strategy to use accelerated depreciation, which includes bonus depreciation and section 179 depreciation, to reduce taxable income on crop farms. For 2016, up to […]

Farm Safety: Tractor Rollovers the Leading Cause of Injuries, Deaths

🕔Sep 8, 2016Did you know farming is among the most dangerous occupations and that most farm-related injuries are caused by machinery? Rollovers are the leading cause of serious injuries. The National Tractor […]

Planting: 4 Tips to Ensure Your Equipment Is Ready

🕔Mar 29, 2016To ensure the safest, most efficient planting season possible, tuning up farm machinery can be as important as scouting for weeds, tilling the soil or other spring field operations, a […]

Farm Equipment Price Slump – Will it Continue? – DTN

🕔Jan 20, 2016The farm equipment industry won’t remember 2015 fondly. Sales of new equipment continued a two-year slide; used equipment began to pile up on dealer lots and production lines slowed, causing […]

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