Equipment and Market Insights

From the Tractor Zoom team

June 2022 Iron Comps Updates

Our development team has been keeping their ears to the ground and listening to clients' feedback. The result? Construction equipment, planter acres, bale counts, pinned filters and more! We have many useful updates to share in this month's product update.

Is the Tractor Market Turning?

While it might not be a falling knife, anticipating when the used equipment market will take a downward turn is on the mind of almost everyone in this industry. The recent deep cuts from the stock market and old scars from '13 & '14 warrant this concern!

Preparing for Early Planter Orders

While John Deere has a specific start date for an early order period, all dealers are faced with the challenge of assessing planter trade-in values when they won't actually take title of that planter until the new one is delivered!

Row Crop Tractor Index by Tractor Zoom

Every month Tractor Zoom analyzes the past month's auction sales data to determine the direction of the used tractor market. This is that report for the months leading up to and including April 2022.

Flattening the Combine Curve

The 'washout curve' for used equipment, which models the volume of equipment that is traded in, and how to respond with pricing and inventory management of that category of equipment. Well, pressure from this past year has squashed that model...

Iron Comp's Tools and Trends Webinar - Spring 2022

The used equipment market is changing fast. In this webinar Iron Comps' Andy Campbell discusses the latest trends of major equipment categories, and shares tips on how dealers are finding and selling the right equipment, at the right price.

March Iron Comps Product Updates

Our development team has been hard at work listening to customers, both on-site and over video calls. These listening sessions have resulted in a couple of the newest updates to Iron Comps, specifically in the Equipment Lists

Introducing Dealer Trends within Iron Comps

Dealer Trends, an embedded price and volume analysis tool, is now available within the Iron Comps platform! This feature allows you to see view the changing average list price for whole categories by OEMs, or specific make/models.

Top-End Planters' Disappearing Act

As if supply wasn't already short, there are signs that the used planter market may be getting even tighter.

2022 Farm Equipment Values Webinar for Ag Lenders

The Iron Comps team breaks down the current farm equipment value and volume trends for late 2021 into early 2022 for large tractors, combines, sprayers, planters and more. Also learn how Iron Comps can help with a more automated valuation process.

January Iron Comps Product Update

Dealer data is now live in Iron Comps! This allows you get an instant evaluation of the Auction and Dealer market with comparable sales for a specific Make/Model.

Combine Values and Supply Strain Continues to Grow

December combine auction values increased 30% year over year, driven by an almost 50% decrease in auction supply.

Iron Comps December Updates

Filter features within Iron Comps' Equipment Lists improve ease of use and quality control for lenders' data entry process.

Fall '21 Used Farm Equipment Trends Webinar

Join Dan Bahe and Andy Campbell from Iron Comps, powered by Tractor Zoom, as they analyze the equipment supply and value trends going into a pivotal 2021 sales period.

Iron Comps October Updates

'Quick Add' is added for Equipment Lists within Iron Comps. See how this new feature can save you time on your data inputting process.

2021 Used Equipment Trends Webinar

Watch or listen to our Kyle McMahon as he breaks down the biggest used machinery trends of 2021, and describes how that may affect equipment values in the post-harvest purchasing season.

September Iron Comps Updates

Iron Comps' development team has been listening to customers' needs and delivering results. This month they improved the filter function by states so you can access the comps in the regions that matter most to you.

Farm Credits' Digital Innovation Playbook

Iron Comps has been working alongside Farm Credit Chattel Appraisal and Credit departments to help guide their digital transformation and therefore speeding up the appraisal process and reducing wasted effort. This playbook is a summary of our observations

August Iron Comps Updates

Iron Comps recent product updates made by our development team include scroll bar fixes, equipment listing searches, and card optimization.

Low Hours in Low Supply

2020 and 2021 have experienced diminishing supplies of low-hour, late-model tractors. In this Iron Comps video we discuss how the different hours segments of tractors at auction have changed over the past four years.

Farm Credit Makes a Digital Transformation with Iron Comps

Innovative Service Starts with the Right Mindset: An Open Mind, Industry Knowledge, and High Standards are helping drive innovation at Compeer Financial. Read about how this Farm Credit is paving their digital transformation path with Iron Comps.

Can You Roll a Profit with an Old Baler?

How have ag implement prices changed in 2021? Here we analyze the value change of a popular Vermeer round baler.

2021 Q1 Equipment Report

An early look at how used equipment values are trending in this first quarter of 2021. The used farm equipment market is much more volatile the past few months, which is why having up-to-the-minute data necessary. Next month it could be totally different!

What is Pulling that Planter?

Larger equipment requires more horsepower. This Iron Comps Insights analysis looks at the farm sales of planters and what type of tractors joined them on the auction block.

Are Machinery Values Reflecting the Surge in Commodity Prices?

With the tightening of global grain supplies, commodity prices have hit an eight year high. This Iron Comps analysis investigates what kind of impact these high prices have on farmers and how they are valuing farm equipment.

Iron Comps February Product Updates

Update from the Product & Engineering team featuring equipment list mobile enhancements and searchable auctioneers' descriptions by keywords, saving you time to find just the right comp wherever you may be working!!

Do Combine Values Really Fluctuate That Much?

In this Iron Comps analysis we look specifically at the end of year auction seasons of 2018, 2019, and 2020 to learn how dynamic harvester values are, even when we take machine hours into consideration. The results, at least half of them, are surprising.

Introducing QuickComps

Iron Comps AI gives you the most relevant pieces of equipment in your lists

Track Record

Experience matters, and Case IH proves it in the value retained in their QuadTrac models. This Iron Comps analysis looks into how different track tractors have retained their value over the years.

New PDF Exports for Equipment Lists

Introducing a new PDF Export layout for your Equipment Lists

Iron Comps November Updates

Our engineering and development team has been working alongside our clients to learn what improvements would be most important to them. "Reporting" rose to the top of the list and we are excited to roll out this new feature to all of Iron Comps!

Skid Steers: The Farm's Swiss Army Knife

After the derecho blew through the Midwest this summer, rentals & sales of skid steers shot up. In this Iron Comps analysis, we look at this farming handy-man's tool, the best times to purchase, & the price levels of different brands.

Fast Facts for Equipment Dealers

A collection of farm equipment insight and trend videos for equipment dealers. With all videos under five minutes, and updated weekly, this is a great resource for dealers to check on frequently to stay on top of used equipment sales data.

Iron Comps 3rd Quarter Used Equipment Market Report

Breaking down the major, high-value categories of the used farm equipment market spanning July, August, and September of 2020. In this report we see significant volume of combines and tractors move, as well as swings in the age of machines sold at auction.

Iron Comps October Updates

Iron Comps' Product and Engineering Team has been hard at work listening and continually improving our product to help our partners have an easier time determining better used equipment values. Read more for our October 2020 product updates.

Tail of Two Tracks

In this quick video we break down sales of track tractors on the auction market. Specifically narrowing down on the turf battle between the more established Case IH verse John Deere's recent surge with their RX models

Preparing for the 2020 Farm Loan Renewal Season

In this recorded webinar, Jeff Plagge, Iowa's Superintendent of Banking, and Tanner Winterhof, VP of Commercial Lending with VisionBank, discuss important ag lending factors as we approach the next farm lending season.

Are Farmers Reaping the Benefits of the Draper Head?

Combines' draper heads have been on the market now for over 10 years. Are farmers still paying top dollar as these higher-priced platform heads hit that auction block?

Helping Lenders and Farmers in the 2020 Ag Loan Renewal Season

Iron Comps is bringing together a suite of information to help banks and farmers progress through what is anticipated to be a very challenging farm loan renewal season.

Value of ProDrive vs. 3 Speed Transmissions in Combines

In this analysis originally published with Successful Farming, we look at the resale value of combines having a pro-drive vs more traditional 3-speed transmissions.

2020 Equipment Market Insights and Trends Webinar

Webinar held with FarmEquipment.com on July 30th, 2020. Kyle McMahon and Andy Campbell dive into the first seven months of 2020 and the trends Iron Comps is seeing in the farm equipment auction market.

Trusted Ag Industry Maverick Darwin Melnyk Aides Iron Comps’ Success

Darwin Melnyk, Co-Founder and CTO of FarmOp Capital LLC, has joined Iron Comps as a Senior Advisor. His advice: 'Leverage our technology to build people up, not replace them." Read more to see what makes Darwin such a great fit for Iron Comps.

Iron Comps' 2nd Quarter Farm Equipment Value Report

Auction values, volumes, and locations of large and four-wheel drive tractors, combines, and planters from April to June of 2020. This report is an aggregation of Iron Comps' database covering over 80,000 pieces of equipment.

Round Baler Values Roll with the Seasons

If you are thinking of buying or selling a large round baler, you will want to understand the seasonality that has a heavy influence on the auction prices and the volume of balers on the market.

ANF

The last couple years have been especially tough on America's farmers. For those looking to purchase, sell, or trade machinery, Iron Comps has an 'insightful' solution that can help.

Data Technology Veteran, Dave Tucker, Joins Iron Comps as Senior Advisor

Dave Tucker, previously the VP of Technology for Workiva, joins Iron Comps in advisory role. Dave discusses advice for start-up and technology companies, why choosing Iowa makes good business sense, and the future direction of data leaders like Iron Comps

Iron Comps' 2020 Planter Market Report

This report on the sale of farm equipment planters in 2020 showcases trends in planter values, the market share of OEMs, what regions these planters are selling into, and the types of values different farm auctions are bringing.

Evaluating Troubled Ag Loans with Iron Comps

To learn more about how Iron Comps can help you and your institution, let us know and we’ll work to set up a time to go over the product with you.

Ag Chat: Update on Machinery & Land Values During COVID-19

Thank you if you were able to join us on Friday, May 15th for our Ag Chat discussion on land and machinery values. If you couldn’t make it, we recorded the discussion!

April’s Equipment Leasing Monthly Confidence Index Hits All-Time Lows

April’s monthly MCI – EFI survey, designed to collect information indicating the prominent current and future business equipment finance environment, fell to an all-time low of 22.3 in April.

Squaring up the Baler Market

We recently worked with a major farm publication on an analysis of the forage market. While we’ll wait for the publication to be released for the full story, the analysis did tie together a few bits of information that we’d like to share with you.

1st Quarter 2020 Report for Large Equipment Dealers

We’ve compiled information from our Tractor Zoom database from the first three months of 2020 to help equipment dealers better understand these tumultuous times.

Effects of the Coronavirus on Used Ag Equipment Sales

As more and more states enact stay-in-place orders for all non-essential personnel, the used farm equipment market appears to churn along, although early warning signs indicate this trend may not last.

FDIC Expectations on Ag Lending

It’s no surprise that the continued pressures facing the agricultural economy are worthy of regulatory concern and rightfully so.

Strengthening Relationships

The foundation of a strong ag lending practice is built on service and trust. These qualities are a direct result of the relationships developed between the farm owner and people within your organization.

Start your Ag Renewal Meeting with Confidence

You can start a meeting confidently by knowing you have something unexpected to offer that your client is not anticipating, but will appreciate.

Heavy Machinery Valuation Terms: Clearing Up Confusion for Lenders

Agriculture is a major industry in the US and a significant contributor to the economy of almost every state.

Pessimistic Ag Climate Benefits Used Equipment

As in any business case, you need to look directly at supply and demand to understand the shift in the equipment world.