Long lead times for agricultural equipment deliveries


ARENZVILLE — Farmers in need of farm equipment can expect to pay top dollar and should be prepared to wait until 2023 for delivery.

Jerry Beard, one of four partners at the Beard Implement Company in Arenzville, 80 miles north of Alton, said he could get a lot more sales but just couldn’t get the products .

“They are planters. They are tillage tools. It’s combos. They’re tractors,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a favorite. They seem to go after all of them.”

Starting in early 2021, wait times for farm equipment began to get longer and longer. Despite the pandemic, Beard said he didn’t see the shortages coming.

“Here we all worked,” he said. “I was naive, thinking they were working…making these products. But they just weren’t.”

Beard Implements is pre-sales based. Customers order hardware and expect to wait nine months for delivery. Beard is now telling customers that wait times have doubled.

“We’re telling people 2023,” Beard said.

It takes a lot of planning to sell a product 9 to 12 months in advance, he said.

“We’re a bit used to it, but now we’re out two years instead of 9 months to a year,” Beard said. “It was very frustrating at first, but you get used to it.

“It’s just everyone,” he said. “It’s Case IH. It’s Kinze, it’s Great Plains. It’s Kubota. It’s New Holland. It’s Westfield Augers. Bush Shredders. They’re all struggling with the same problem: getting products. “

Not only can customers not get agricultural equipment, but when they do manage to get deliveries, prices have gone up.

“I see price gouging, which is very, very unfortunate,” Beard said. “Manufacturers say it’s a supply and demand issue. And there are many. But I still think there are price increases going on.

Beard, who has been in the farm equipment business for more than 40 years, tells his employees to “stay positive.” It could be much worse, he said.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, a drop in commodity prices left Beard and other farm equipment dealers with lots full of used equipment and no one to sell it to.

“We all sat on iron for years and paid a lot of interest,” Beard said. “My dad and my grandfather said, ‘You can’t eat it. You have to sell it. He kept telling me, “You can’t eat iron. I just don’t want to have a glut of used machines like that anymore.

Despite the frustrations, overall 2021 has been a good year for Beard Implements, Beard said. The company organizes a Christmas party and pays end-of-year bonuses.

“I just hope I can do the right thing for all of my younger employees,” Beard said.


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