As you plan out your fertilizer and herbicide applications this spring, chemicals may not be your only input in short supply. Based on December auction results, low-hour self-propelled sprayers are going to be more difficult to find this year. Sales of these crop sprayer applicators have traditionally seen strong seasonality, with 50% featured up for auction on our website typically moving between Thanksgiving and the end of March. Yet, last month’s volume was only about half of what it was in December 2020.
Self-propelled sprayer sales started the year strong with enough volume to satisfy demand. We saw spring 2021 values 12% higher than in 2020 and while this was a bit higher, it was acceptable considering the farmer’s outlook at the time. As cracks in equipment supply chains began widening during the summer, sprayer supplies were mostly overlooked. Why? They were working just fine in the field and not traded often enough to notice any appreciable change.
It wasn’t until December that it became apparent there were a lot of dollars seeking a scarce supply of sprayers. This sent average values surging $60,000 over the previous year. Even now it is hard to determine how much of this price increase was driven by equipment shortage or by tax reduction strategies. It’s likely a combination of both that created this drastic increase in values.
If you are looking for a self propelled sprayer for sale, don’t despair. Based on the large amount of inventory listed on Tractor Zoom, then ultimately sold at auction, we have identified a few trends to help you find that used sprayer with the hour range you are looking for:
Whether you are looking for something new and shiny, or a bargain, the game has changed. Proactively searching for your operation’s future piece of equipment is now a necessity. Your window of application is so tight that operations cannot afford to be broken down in the field with no alternative. With Tractor Zoom, it takes just a minute or less to find your next piece of equipment, save a search, and ensure a better bargaining position when you find that perfect sprayer for your operation.