Why farmers want new equipment

Encouraged by a strong farm economy and healthy business tax breaks, Farmers are buying new machinery and equipment that can run anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000. And some of the new equipment — powered by GPS and sensors that can even detect moisture in a crop — practically run on auto-pilot.

Sticker shock: it’s not just on new tractors anymore

Farm equipment sales are booming, currently running about $20 billion annually. Surprisingly, some of the hottest-selling pieces of machinery aren’t new. Used-farm equipment is becoming more desirable to some farmers, who don’t want to have to run their machines with laptops.