Cropping

Plan ahead for big ticket items

By Country News

Planning for the future requires forward thinking, particularly when that planning involves big ticket items like new tractors and combines.

Forward ordering has both practical and financial benefits, giving producers additional flexibility in planning for the future and ensuring they take delivery of equipment that’s tailor-made for their business needs.

For Matthew Davey — a sixth generation farmer from Clinton Centre, on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula — forward ordering is the way to go.

Mr Davey farms alongside his father, John, and brother, James, running a continuous cropping operation that includes wheat, lentils, canola, chickpeas and barley.

In 2011, the Daveys were looking to purchase a new tractor for their farming operation and, with the help of Case IH dealer Larwoods Ag Services, were shown the benefits of a customised forward order.

‘‘We already knew eventually we wanted to get a bigger spray cart so we knew we would need a bigger tractor,’’ Mr Davey said.

‘‘We sat down with Scott Mercer from Larwoods and went through everything that we were looking for in a tractor, which was basically something a lot bigger than what we had, because the big thing on our farm is looking ahead and working out where you want to go.’’

Several months later, in 2012, the Davey family took delivery of its specially-ordered Case IH tractor, a Magnum 260, custom-fitted with features such as three-point linkage, hydraulic trailer brakes, a loader, tyres to accommodate the loader, six hydraulic remotes and an electric joystick.

Case IH marketing manager for Australia/New Zealand Pete McCann said there were big benefits in forward ordering, from getting the tractor you want with the features you need, to the ability to lock in the price and finance rate.

‘‘There are a range of features customers can choose from, including power take-off, LED lighting, increased flexion tyres, a suspended MFD axle, AFS Complete, CVT transmission, an engine compression brake and six remotes,’’ Mr McCann said.

‘‘It’s also worthwhile talking to your dealer about the timing of your purchase, so the first repayment falls at a time that’s best for you; for example when you sell your grain.

‘‘And, when you know what your repayments will be at the time you order your machine, you can forward plan your cash flow.’’

For more information, see your local Case IH dealer or visit the Case IH website: www.caseih.com