Besides aircraft construction, other important economic activities include: oil refining, grain processing and storage, and livestock marketing. Farm and ranch production rank Kansas first in wheat and sorghum grains and is also high among the U.S. states in beef, veal, hogs, and wild hay.
When you own a farm, it goes without saying that you need good farm equipment in order to do just about anything.
Even if you shun the heavy machinery, you still need to have some basic things in order to operate. Most farmers opt for the heavy machinery however, and I remember quite clearly being stunned when I learned how much one good tractor could cost a farmer.
My grandfather was a farmer, and when he got a new tractor, I learned a lot about how much of an investment you have to make to get a farm to work smoothly and run a profit. My grandfather went out to look for farm equipment and I went along with him for the ride. In the end, he chose a tractor that cost one hundred thousand dollars. I couldn’t believe a piece of farm equipment could cost that much, and I had no idea who anyone could afford to spend that much to keep a farm going. It may have been one of my first lessons in economics.
Most people have to take out a loan when they buy farm equipment because the price is so high. These items are needed though, and there is almost no way around spending a lot of money. The farm equipment needed will depend on what type of farm you have, but you won’t find many types that can do without a few good tractors to keep things moving. Without this piece of farm equipment, most of the important tasks a farmer has to do can go undone.
Though my grandfather spent enough money on farm equipment in that one trip to buy a rather nice house in my town, he had to do it. That tractor is still in good shape even though it was bought over 20 years ago. For that price, it had better be still running! You don’t have to spend quite that much when you buy farm equipment however, because many people choose to buy used items, and this is sometimes the only option they have. Used equipment will be much cheaper, but you may find that you have to put a lot of money into repairs as time goes on. This might be why a lot of smaller farms are going out of business, and it is certainly a sad state of affairs for our country, which was at one time reliant on the farming industry.
- Foley Equipment Co. – Your Caterpillar dealer serving South Central and South Western Kansas
- Gorden Harvesting & Equipment – Supplier of modification products for Case-IH Axial-Flow combine harvesters.
- Price Bros. Equipment Co. – Has a long a successful history in selling and supporting innovative agricultural equipment in the Midwest since the early 1900’s. We distribute and represent both domestic and imported products in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Illinois
- KanEquip – With 14 locations across Kansas and Nebraska, is the leader and trusted partner in providing quality products, support and innovative solutions to agricultural producers in the Midwest.
- Tractor Supply Company