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Trip Down Machinery Row at ND State Fair

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A big part of the State Fair is some of the agriculture industry's largest equipment.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you for a walk down machinery row to explain how this year's wet spring is impacting machinery sales.

Big tractors and combines are favorites of many.
Whether you just want to crawl in the cab or come to the fair to talk business, machinery row is always a busy place.
(Amanda Kopp / Butler Ag Sales) "Sales have actually been better than we have expected. We aren't doing a lot of combine business because a lot of people didn't get their crops in like they planned. We are definitely seeing a lot of air seeder business, guys getting ready for winter wheat this fall and a lot of tillage to dry out the ground."
Amanda Kopp works in Ag Sales at Butler in Minot.
Kopp says while the wet spring kept some sales from happening--soggy conditions also made it hard to keep a few pieces in stock.
(Amanda Kopp / Butler Ag Sales) "Trak tractors have been really popular with a lot of the wet conditions, also our tillage equipment and our Horsch Anderson air seeders have been really popular the past couple of years because they do well in the wet ground. We have been sold out of those all year this year so far."
Grain Bin sales have also struggled with many farmers unsure of how many acres would be planted--and now how those planted acres will yield.
(Warren Boehler / Enerbase) "We've got some here and some at our other site down in underwood. we have quite a few bins. Being it took off pretty slow people weren't knowing if they would get crops in or what kind of results they would get. With things looking like they do right now we are hoping to sell out or a lot of them."
Warren Boehler works in Ag Equipment Sales at Enerbase in Minot.
He says many producers in the area only got 1/2 their crop seeded.
(Warren Boehler / Enerbase) "Right now there has been where we have sold them has been a little bit south, but around this area, the people that did get crops in , the crops are looking pretty nice so we are getting a lot more interest from around the area too now." 
Boehler says with many seeded acres looking promising, he expects sales to pick up by the middle of next month.
In Minot at the State Fair for KX News, I am Sarah Gustin.

The State Fair runs through Saturday, July 27th.

 

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