Tim's View from Here
Tim Robinson, Ag General Manager, October 2017
As triple digits make their exit, fall has finally blanketed itself on the Southwest with cool nights and mild days. Simply stated, the weather is now fabulous. And because of this great regional weather, agriculture flourishes in the mildness of our winters.
Winter produce is planted across the desert floors from Imperial Valley through Yuma and over to Maricopa County. The proverbial salad bowl is in the ground growing toward a semiannual harvest, while so many others across the nation are preparing for snow shoveling season!
Cotton in Yuma County is mostly picked and defoliation in the central valley is in full swing. The early yield reports have been positive. Alfalfa cutting and forage chopping, which produces fodder for a hungry feeding industry has picked up its pace with the fall weather swing. Milk and beef prices are still looking for legs but the lower costs of feed are making the prices received in these markets a little more palatable for now.
Chili and onion harvests are also beginning in the traditional western growing regions. Melons are being picked across scattered acres and are generally available out west through Thanksgiving, providing the weather patterns hold. Across the corn and bean belt, combines are running over vast acres, bringing an above average crop to market. Pecans and pistachios will follow as the last crop of the season to bring in.
The Empire Agriculture team has been at work supporting our loyal customer base operating our Cat wheel loaders, Hesston wind rowers & balers,Claas choppers, Lexion combines, Massey Ferguson and Challenger tractors. Most recently, we have begun to demonstrate the all new CH1000 series tractor which is producing over 500 horsepower in a standard configuration front wheel drive tractor. This tractor is set to revolutionize the high horsepower tractor market.
We are always pleased to report that we have completed this summer season and, almost the entire fiscal year, with no serious injuries to anyone on our staff. Our hopes are that each and every one of our clients shares in the same good fortune that allows our employees to come to work in an environment that we strive to keep clean and put safety first.
As we approach the last months of 2017, we expect that there will be plenty of work to do in the accounting department for our clients. Decisions will need to be made about cropping plans for 2018, tax issues for 2017 and the normal considerations surrounding the replacement of machinery before beginning a new year.
We have agriculture machinery experts prepared and trained to help you with all your upcoming decisions. Our dedicated finance staff can assist with your questions about interest rates, as well as finance and lease options.Empire has provided our professional account managers with the tools to help you to decide whether to overhaul, rebuild or trade.
In turn, the parts and service departments have worked up a fantastic pre-season overhaul plan with discounts on parts and labor should this be the best choice for you. The Empire Agriculture support team has always stepped up to help our loyal clients control input costs and this year we are digging even deeper into the discount bucket to drive your costs down more than ever. Our product support sales reps and parts and service teams are on call for you, ready to provide the quotes you need to help understand the current condition of your machinery.
Empire Agriculture is set to wrap up yet another season as the west’s best choice for production agriculture clients and their machinery needs. We are looking forward to yet another challenging but satisfying season in your fields, on your farms and in your operations. Be safe, prosperous and successful while continuing on your journey to feed and clothe the world.