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Rainfall may spur producers to buy farm equipment

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wet weather may encourage people in Texas to buy farm equipment.
Wet weather may encourage people in Texas to buy farm equipment.

Though drought conditions in Texas may have hurt farmers, recent rainfall may prompt some to consider buying agricultural equipment.

According to a recent report from Austin's News 8 television station, wet weather has prompted some farmers to attend this year's 39th annual Equipment Depot Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show, which takes place in Waco. Because of the rain, some farmers aren't able to do anything in their fields, which is why they have opted to come to the show instead.

And, with more rain falling, they may even be inspired to buy new farm equipment, which should please equipment sellers like Keith Schroeder, whose company is located in Snook, Texas.

"Get some sales going and the moisture will get people in a little bit better frame of mind as far as spending money," Schroeder told the television station.

As a result of drought conditions in the state and region, many farmers experienced lower yields on things like cotton. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, total cotton production was down 3 percent in 2009 when compared to the year before.
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