Home / Machinery / Used Equipment / Auction sale prices / Changing from dairy to grain

Changing from dairy to grain

GREG PETERSON 10/26/2012 @ 3:57pm Greg Peterson writes "Machinery Pete" column for Successful Farming magazine and appears on the Machinery Show on RFD-TV, talking about trends in the used equipment market

“____ and ____ have discontinued their dairy operation and are changing their farming to row crop only, as such they will sell the following equipment to the highest bidder on ____.”

I’ve been seeing similar phrases atop auction sale bills all around the country for some time now. No surprise given the on-going equity drain on the dairy & livestock sides of the ag world, while grain operations have seen better days financially. Just today (October 25, 2012) I saw pretty much that exact phrase atop an auction sale bill for a farm sale in Winona, MN, a sale by my friends at Gehling Auction, Inc.

One other phrase atop today’s southeast Minnesota auction sale bill: “This equipment is mostly 1 owner, has been shedded and has had very good maintainence.”

What always catches my eye: “1 owner” and “shedded”. So how did the equipment sell today? Very well I thought. A couple of examples for you below. The NH 1431 discbine at $15,000 is tied for the 6th highest sale price over the past 10+ years. The JD 1750 6R-30 planter at $32,500 is the 2nd highest auction sale price I’ve seen, and the NH FP230 forage chopper at $26,750…a new record high auction sale price.

Click on the “Pete’s Auction Price” links following each picture to see what they’ve been selling for on other auctions around North America the last few years:

NH 1431 13’ discbine, 1 owner: $15,000


JD 1750 6R-30 planter, dry fertilizer, 1 owner: $32,500

NH FP230 forage chopper, 12’ knife cutter head, 1,200 total acres: $26,750


  • www.Machinerypete.com (1-yr. subscription $69.95; 1-week $10)
  • "auction results" 320,927 sale prices on ALL types of equipment. Updated daily
  • "upcoming auctions" free searchable list of equipment on upcoming sales
  • "dealer equip." free searchable list of equipment for sale by dealers
  • "Who Makes it?" searchable database of farm equipment Mfg's
  • "Classifieds" free place to list your used equipment for sale
  • Machinery Pete blog...see what Pete's yakking about
  • Machinery Pete Youtube videos (click on video player image on homepage)
  • Pete's new Facebook page  (lots of pics & info uploaded daily)
  • Machinery Pete's 2011 Auction Price Guide: $19.95, call 800-381-0423

CancelPost Comment

Covering a New York auction Monday By: 06/21/2013 @ 2:02pm Adirondack Mountains here I come.I’m heading to the far northeast corner of New York state, near…

Something old, something new... By: 05/31/2013 @ 8:56am Nope, I’m not thinking of the old wedding axiom we’ve all heard. I’ll leave the " . . …

Case IH 8920 tractors skyrocket in value By: 05/23/2013 @ 3:21pm The numbers are shocking.The 155-hp. Case IH 8920 two-wheel-drive tractors, now 15-plus years old…

This container should display a .swf file. If not, you may need to upgrade your Flash player.
Successful Marketing Newsletter