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Implement dealers see cash on horizon

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MANITOBA farmers are not the only ones who will profit from this year's bumper crop. Implement dealers throughout the province say the additional revenue is likely to be spent repairing and replacing machinery.

When speaking about the bumper crop and its affect on business, Kevin Read, parts manager for Enns Brothers in Oak Bluff, said farmers use extra cash to pay for things they cannot regularly afford.

"It usually goes hand-in-hand because they always have upgrades in mind, and they've got some of those repairs that they sometimes put off that they're more inclined to do when cash flow is looking a little better," he said.

Read explained the need to replace machinery such as tractors, combines, seeders or grain augers is expected after a bumper crop because along with revenue, a farmer's workload increases. That, combined with farmers "having the cash flow the way they want it" leads them to buy new equipment from implement dealers.

"From what we're predicting, we're going to see an increase of work over the course of the winter for the equipment that's out in the field right now," said Read.

"They got a bigger crop, machine works harder; it's going to see a lot more wear and tear."

That, Read said, leads to "off-season work" for those who run and work at the dealerships.

-- Kristy Hoffman

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 21, 2012 A3

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