Farm equipment officials are more optimistic
February 25, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Ag Equipment, News
Deere has reported surprisingly strong first quarter earnings, which Deere CEO John May says reflects early signs of stabilization in the U.S. farm sector.
May says farmer confidence, though still subdued, has
improved due in part to hopes for a relaxation of trade tensions and higher
The CEO of the Western Equipment Dealers Association, John
Schmeiser, expresses similar sentiments.
“There is a lot of optimism out there from our equipment
dealers—and we base that optimism on the conversations that we’re having with
our customers,” Schmeiser says. “If customers are in talking about quotes, on
replacing or reinvesting in their equipment, that tells us that there is
“So what we’ve seen over the past winter months is that
there’s some signs of optimism out there—and that’s why we’re looking forward
to a very healthy 2020.”
Schmeiser made those comments in an interview with
Brownfield at last week’s Western Farm Show in Kansas City.
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