2009–2012 was a booming time for agriculture around the world. Commodity prices were high, and on-farm income was at record levels. As a result, ag equipment dealers’ lots were filled with both new and used equipment.
It’s not a shock to anyone when I say over the last 5 years auction activity has greatly increased. At the end of 2014, used equipment inventories where at all-time highs. The auction market became a dumping ground for all kinds of equipment — late model, high hour and everything in between.
June 1, 2017, was the day John Deere unveiled its new S700 Series combines. I posted a video from the event at lunch time that day. I suspected there would be a lot of interest out there in farm country. By the next morning the video had 7,385 views.
How do we measure how used farm equipment is doing? For almost 27 years now I’ve been compiling one important measure, actual auction sale prices on all types of farm and construction equipment sold throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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