Hammered Ag parts and equipment shortages


We now know about spare parts and supply chains. Who knew there would be days and weeks when manufacturers couldn’t find tires or even steel – let alone those elusive computer chips?

So this story is my favorite from the end of 2021, I think because it shows how farmers, our readers, are reacting to machinery product shortages that none of us have ever seen. Please meet Matt Danner, Quint Pottinger, Coley Bailey, Ryan Bivins and Marc Arnusch.

First of all, Danner.

“The parts shortage is bigger than the (John Deere) strike,” said Danner, who operates a farm in Templeton, Iowa. We spoke while this strike was underway. Not so much on his farm, strictly speaking, but rather, it was the shortage of parts that would likely end the planter he ordered at the end of May. “I won’t have it until next spring,” he hoped. He will take this planter when it arrives – he has a guaranteed price for it. But Danner isn’t counting on that to plant 2022.

Perhaps future equipment purchases are of greater concern to Danner. It has improved its Deere range this year. But his dealer told him that if he wanted delivery of important pieces of equipment in 2023, he should seriously consider placing an order in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. And this order comes without a price lock.

Pottinger’s challenge is to find used parts for its range of used equipment. “We are phasing out any future equipment business for 2022, as of now,” said Pottinger of Affinity Farms in New Haven, Ky. “Our fear is getting parts to upgrade or repair the equipment we are trading for,” he explained. “Now, with the (Deere) strike, there is no guarantee that we can complete the repairs until the 2022 planting.”

Bailey said he could keep his tractors “until I get a better picture of the Deere strike.” Also, a better picture of what is available.

Coley, of Coley & Sons, in Coffeeville, Mississippi, typically sells its line of equipment every year.

Bailey’s Deere dealership takes orders for parts needed by its customers. But it is not able to store parts. “The parts I could have gotten now take at least a few more days,” Bailey said.

As harvest nears this year, Bivins of Hodgenville, Ky., Has deposited $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 in spares and consumables. “The Deere strike is the icing on the cake,” he said. He was expecting corn on the cob and a head of sheet ordered in May, then promised in August, promised again in October. The head of the clothier, for example, is waiting for parts – parts previously identified, unaffected by the strike.

“I think COVID is more of a crutch, an excuse,” Biven said. He can’t get the tractor-trailer tires he’s been looking for and waits on grain wagons while waiting for the lights. Next day air-delivered parts show up within a week – a more common rate with cheaper road deliveries.

For Arnusch of Keenesburg, Colorado, parts availability is not so much “I can’t get it”, but more “when can I get it?” “

“There are huge delays,” he said. “What took a day or two, may take a week or 10 days.” Having learned of delays in the delivery of some of its basic chemicals (glyphosate, 2,4-D, dicamba), Arnusch has already purchased its 2022 supplies and is storing them over the winter. Why the delays? Its chemical representative explained that there was a lack of cardboard and screw caps for the 2-1 / 2-gallon jugs.

Specialized components are a puzzle. Arnusch ordered a pair of StarFire 6000 receivers from Deere in October 2020. Delivery was delayed until January and then April. At the end of May, he received one in two. The second arrived at the end of July.

Illustrating the impact of parts shortages, could be the story of Arnusch’s oldest StarFire 3000s. He sold them on the BigIron auction site for double the amount he paid for his 6,000 new units. For Arnusch, this was a case where parts shortages generated a happy income benefit.

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Dan Miller can be contacted at dan.miller@dtn.com

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