Aaron Traffas: Hello and welcome to Purple Wave’s Auction Podcast. My name is Aaron Traffas. We’re conducting an auction for S.L. Cornelsen Farms of harvesting equipment, vehicles and tillage implements in Oxford, Kan., that will close on March 8. This morning I going to speak with Michael Slack, one of the partners in S.L. Cornelsen, about this partnership dispersal auction. Good morning, Mr. Slack, and thanks for joining me.
Michael Slack: Good morning.
Tell me about S.L. Cornelsen. How did you get started?
Well, the S.L. Cornelsen – the initials S. L. stand for Stanley Leon. Stanley was Rick’s and my predecessor. Stan was a really wonderful, generous person. When Stan passed away due to illness, Rick and I took over the reigns in a partnership effort. Some partnerships struggle, but Rick and I work really well together. We’ve grown our business, leased more acres and bought land. We also have ag lime we sell to farmers in the area, and we just opened a second pit up in Ark City. Rick and I, we’ve kind of been on a roll, building a foundation on what Stan and his family had laid.
This event is billed as a partnership dispersal. Tell me why you’re having an auction.
Well, let me first state, I guess, that I talked to Rick and he’s okay with me sharing this – it’s a little bit personal. Rick’s fought a medical condition for a few years and last summer the condition became much more serious. By late summer, Rick was unable to work at all. As we got into fall, Rick’s condition worsened to the point we were all concerned he might not even survive. So Rick and his wife Karen, my wife Janice and myself came to realize that as much as we hated to admit it, Rick was not going to be able to come back and farm. It was a tough reality, but that’s the way it is. So Janice and I are continuing S.L. Cornelsen Farms and operating the lime business. We have our farm with a full line of equipment and we simply don’t need the items we are selling.
1992 Case IH 1680 Axial-Flow 222BC RWA combine
So you would characterize this equipment as excess and not exhausted? There’s nothing wrong with it, you just don’t see a need for it going forward.
Yeah, we don’t need – you know, just for instance, we have three front end loaders and we don’t don hay, and we don’t have any livestock, so it’s a lot of overkill there. We no-till, so we don’t need the tillage equipment, of course, anymore. So, to complicate things a bit more, we’re exiting the custom grain business. We didn’t use any of these combines or headers or grain cart in our custom effort, but since we’re getting out of that then that was even more equipment that we were planning on using that we don’t need. The service trucks that are on here, the combine trailers and the double header trailers were all used in our harvest business. They’re all in really good shape. We were planning on being in business for a long time and plans change, so we’ve got a lot of nice items for sale that we really weren’t planning on selling, but that’s just the way it is.
Well, I’m sure you investigated other options to sell this equipment, but in the end, you selected Purple Wave. Why was this the right decision for you?
Well, we did think about it quite a bit and even have a good friend that is a local auctioneer that does a really good job. I had some things that not everybody would bid on. Some of these items are pretty specialized, and we needed to get the word out – way out. I felt like Purple Wave could reach some of those people that otherwise probably wouldn’t find out about this equipment so that’s why I went this direction.
1999 Freightliner FLD semi service truck
Well, let’s talk about the equipment. Tell me about the types of equipment that we’re going to be selling for you and give me some details on a couple of the marquee items in this event.
Well, we put a lot of effort and money into the service trucks. The bed on the Freightliner was – on the Freightliner service truck – we bought that new about a year ago, so the tanks, the pumps, the lights – I have a youngster that works for me that’s really good. He’s painted for years and he did a really nice professional paint job on the box and the truck. Also, a lot of that stuff’s like new – it’s a year old. We didn’t intend to sell them, but we are so that makes that a really nice unit. Let’s see – the 1680 combine, we had a professional diesel shop overhaul that with the original Cummins parts. We didn’t cut any corners on it at all – $9205 to do that. The 1688 is a good combine, too. The 1680, we bought new; it’s a one-owner combine. The little 4440 that’s on the auction is just a really slick little tractor. Of course the harvest trailers are all in really good shape. They’ll pass DOT inspections. The tires are good because we were planning on running them from Texas to Canada.
1979 John Deere 4440 tractor
Tell me where is everything is currently located. It’s all in Oxford. Is it all in one place?
Yeah. We made the effort to get it to one spot to make it easier for people to come and look if they were interested in one item. Our physical address is 1442 E 60th Street South, Oxford, Kan. From Oxford – you go to Main Street in Oxford. There’s a bank at the corner, there. You go five miles south to 60th Street and then three-and-a-half west on the north side of the road.
Well if I have questions about the items, or if I want to stop by and take a look before placing a bid, who would I need to contact to make that happen?
You can contact my partner Rick, and his number is listed with all the items that he’s the most familiar with, or you can contact myself. We’ve got my name with some of the things that I’m more familiar with. My number is 620.222.8630 and I don’t have Rick’s number memorized. I don’t have it with me right now.
It’s 620.704.3013 as listed on the website, and so that kind of explains why we have two locations, two different locations, listed on our details page. Everything’s physically at one spot but the contact information for each item varies depending on whether you’re most familiar with it or whether Rick is. That’s why there are two locations listed on our auction details page, but everything’s in one place. Once payment has been made to Purple Wave, what does a winning buyer need to do to arrange pickup?
Well, if they’ll just call those numbers I’ve got a big forklift here, a small forklift, front end loader…we can pretty much get about any of this stuff loaded, barring the field cultivator. We have really good load out possibilities. We could help arrange with shipping, even, if needed. The GPSs that are – the autosteers that are on the auction, we could help get those mailed to them – shipped to them. We’ll do whatever we can to help the people.
1999 John Deere 1760 Conservation 12 row planter
It sounds like you’re being very accommodating. What kind of time frame are you hoping to have everything removed by?
It’d be nice if it was out of here in two weeks. If somebody’s in a jam, we’ll try to work with them a little bit.
Okay. Well, Michael, is there anything else you’d like to say about this auction?
Yeah, I guess a final word would be that Rick’s condition has improved some and he’s happy and eager to receive calls, so don’t hesitate to call him or my number, too, and we’ll answer any questions – do whatever we can to help people make their decision.
I’ve been speaking with Michael Slack from S.L. Cornelsen about the partnership dispersal auction of ag equipment that ends on March 8. Thanks again, Mr. Slack, for joining me this morning.
Bidding for the S.L. Cornelsen partnership dispersal auction is open now and will close on Friday, March 8, beginning at 10 a.m. central. To schedule an inspection before bidding, call the number listed on the website with the asset in which you’re interested.
Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting, so view the complete inventory listing – and place your bids now – at purplewave.com.