2018 is Here and Changes Are Ahead

The federal Reserve recently announced that they would keep interest rates the same for the first quarter of 2018. While this is great news for now, they also entered 2018 with a clear plan to increase the benchmark interest rate.

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Depreciation: Hours Matter

Like 2017, 2018 will present similar profitability challenges. In order to have a profitable year, every seed, gallon of chemical and water, pound of fertilizer, and machine hour will need to be maximized. Profitability will hinge on how each are respectively planted, applied, harvested, and ultimately marketed.

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Planting Season

Are you thinking about planting season yet? As cold and snow has blanketed most of our area the last few months, it’s hard to believe we will be planting in about 90 days…..the clock is ticking. From the time the combines stopped until now, most farmers have been focusing on reducing costs for next season.

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There are no "Do Overs"

Well, we made it through the winter! Undoubtedly, there will be more snow and cold, but I think the worst is behind us, which means planting season is not far away. Much of this Flyer is dedicated to that planting operation…arguably, the most important piece of the annual crop production cycle. When it comes to planting, there are no “Do Overs”!

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Planning for Success

Harvest may have finished recently, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s success. There are many ways to use high-quality data collected from this year to help plan for next years’ crops.

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2017 Wrap up

It is very hard to believe that we are wrapping up 2017. Many would agree that this is a year to put behind us. As we work to further develop our businesses during what could be another challenging year for Ag folks, we have to wrap up 2017 and enter 2018 with the best possible start.

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Managing Customer Risk: Fixing Costs with Value Added Services

What if you could predict the future? What if you knew no matter what happened; what the outcome would be? How much easier would budgeting be? What if there was a way to completely fix the cost of machine ownership?

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New Joint Partners

John Deere has formed a joint partnership with Hagie Manufacturing of Clarion, IA. The line of Hagie sprayers will bring opportunities for customers to obtain a machine with high clearance for late season applications.

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It’s a buyer’s market for used combines.

In case you hadn’t heard, it is definitely a buyer’s market for late model combines—just in time for harvest.

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Why leasing might make sense for your operation—and your cash flow.

Many customers are looking at ways to incorporate the benefits of new equipment and technology into their operations, but the cost of buying new equipment—especially in today’s environment of tight margins and lines of credit—can lead one to seek alternatives.

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Focus on what you Can Control

As growers in Eastern Colorado, Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska, I know we have all cursed the weather a time or two.

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Deere utility tractors perfect for simple jobs around the farm.

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Custom Application or DIY? That is the Question…

One major decision is whether to purchase your own spraying equipment and apply crop protection products yourself…or hire a custom applicator to do the job for you.

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Your Other Advisors Involved in Equipment Purchases.

Talk with your banker and your accountant—and then come see us for a great deal and great financing on your new combine!

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The Price of Pre-owned Equipment is Attractive Right Now

We all know that the agricultural landscape has changed over the past several months. Those changes have also had an impact on the equipment market—and that’s to your advantage.

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New leasing options provide opportunity to upgrade affordably with used equipmentv

In challenging economic times, leasing might be just the thing to help lower your costs, leverage your equity, and upgrade your equipment portfolio. At this point, leasing can also provide a number of tax advantages.

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Is your planter ready to plant?

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to conduct a detailed inspection of your planter. You want to make certain it’s operating at its best in order to ensure that your corn crop gets into the ground accurately.

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Do you know the best time to buy used equipment?

Usually the worst time to buy something is when you’re desperate to have it—or when everyone else wants to buy it as well. That’s definitely the case when it comes to used ag equipment.

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Introducing Green Iron

It’s that time of year when many customers are considering either trading in equipment—or purchasing something used. At 21st Century Equipment, we have used-equipment remarketing professionals dedicated to helping our sales staff establish a fair value for used equipment throughout our dealer network.

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Combine Set-up Tips Help Avoid Harvest Headaches and Hassles

If you need proof that time flies, consider that wheat harvest is only a few weeks away. That means it’s time to get your combine harvest-ready. Here are a few tips to help you avoid headaches and hassles during harvest.

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