Some farmers and equipment dealers say they’re frustrated that lead times for new equipment are about a year.
Illinois farmer Dave Rumboldt tells Brownfield he purchased two combines last spring, “they said they would deliver the combines in August or September. And, then it was October. Then it was November. Then we had 50 or 60 acres left and they just brought one out.”
During a tour of CLAAS headquarters in Germany this week, Southwest Kansas equipment dealer owner Bruce Baldwin says the issue is slowly improving, “New tractors – lead times are pretty tough.