• Willie Vogt

    I Knew You Were Buying...But Wow!

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 25, 2013

    Prognostication in the equipment business is always interesting. Knowing what farmers may do in the year ahead based on costs, income and other factors is no easy guess. But one machinery analyst has made an observation worth sharing. Steven Fisher at UBS, issued a report this week showing that the key risk facing the farm equipment business in the near future is the ability for buyers to delay purchases. Noting that corn prices have fallen nearly 50% from their 2012 peak, the income picture…

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    Safety Above All Else

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 15, 2013

    Hard to write about farm safety without getting preachy, but a little "be careful out there" may not be enough every year. Our editors at Farm Progress know this and post items online to keep you thinking about safety. Over at Prairie Farmer, they posted a reminder that you shouldn't overlook grain storage safety. With wet grain coming in you often get more problems with entrapment. It's a challenge because you go into a bin to bust a crust and you end up getting pulled…

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    Are Softer Equipment Sales Ahead?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 1, 2013

    The farm equipment industry has been barreling along at an unusually fast clip for the past five years, so fast in fact that some execs have commented that a little "breather" might be appreciated. From the looks of some new survey from the investment community that may be ahead. A recent dealer survey conducted by the financial firm UBS shows that dealers see sales into 2014 as flat or declining, depending on the market. The survey, which had responses from 160 dealers, shows…

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