Machinery Chatter
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Jun 18, 2015 09:47 AM CDT

For the past couple of weeks I've interviewed farm equipment company manufacturers and their dealers on the state of the industry's sales as we enter the second half of 2015. Everybody is singing the same song and it's not a perky jingle. New equipment sales have dipped by 20% or more quarter over quarter since early 2014. Used equipment inventories in some categories are too high. Most challenging categories right now are combines, high horsepower tractors, sprayers and planters -- especially large planters.

A few bright notes in the song include sales of hay and forage equipment and utility tractors. ...

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