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July 2019 Tractor & Combine Analysis

The downturn that we are experiencing today is certainly as dramatic as those early ones, but today farmers are not encumbered with massive debt and the current interest rates are very reasonable for those who have debts to service. This certainly is not a pleasant experience for anyone in the industry, but there is much more optimism than in previous downturns.
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KC Fed Bank: Large Loans Drive Further Increases in Farm Lending

The July 18 Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Ag Finance Databook reports that growth in the average size of farm operating loans boosted agricultural lending in the second quarter of 2019. The size of farm loans has continued to rise and loans exceeding $1 million recently have had a significant effect on the overall volume of new loan originations.
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Did Ag Equipment Sales ‘Plunge’ in the First Quarter?

An April 26 report from Bloomberg was headlined “Farm Equipment Sales Plunge Most Since 2016 in Trade War Fallout.” The tractor and combine sales numbers published by the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) throughout the first quarter of this year don’t seem to tell the same story.
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