NEWS
View from the Vendors
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Fri Sep 4, 2015 05:11 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill.--The crowds were still there this week in the crammed pathways and stubbled demo fields of the Farm Progress Show. And record numbers of exhibitors were still greeting casual questioners as well as serious shoppers. What was missing was the sense that -- as in some recent years -- a lot of major purchases machinery were in the offing.

As this year's show season slides by, the farm equipment industry has seen better days. Depending on which report you read, high horsepower tractors sales are down 25-30% from last year. Combines are even worse, at maybe 40% down. Sales ...

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