Aaron Traffas: Hello and welcome to Purple Wave’s Auction Podcast. My name is Aaron Traffas. We’re conducting a very large ag auction on April 29, and one of the larger packages of farm equipment in that auction is a retirement package for Morton Barker of Pratt, Kansas. I’m going to speak this morning with Morton’s son Jim about that equipment. Good morning, Mr. Barker, and thanks for joining me.
Jim Barker: Good morning.
AT: Tell me about your father’s farming operation. How did he get started?
MB: Dad has farmed most of his lifetime. He’s 85 years old and got his start basically right out of the military. He and his brother – actually a couple brothers – took over a family farming operation and they grew it for several decades. Dad farmed quite a bit of land. He was into a dairy operation, had beef cattle, and then, of course, farmed as well.
When was it that he retired?
He actually quit farming in the fall of ’13 and has not farmed since then.
It’s certainly a big decision, selling the farm equipment, for anyone in agriculture. Why was it, in the end, that you elected to use Purple Wave to sell your equipment?
I have had some experience actually in an equipment business and I knew that we needed to have an Internet presence and had researched – myself and family researched several different avenues to sell the equipment. After researching and looking at the possible ways of doing it, we elected Purple Wave just based on history and the Internet presence aspect of it.
I see tractors and pickups and tillage implements, livestock equipment, a grain cart, mower, planter, drill and more. Tell me about a few of the nicer pieces. What would you say are the highlights of this package?
Dad’s got a 2009 Versatile 375 that literally – well, it’s only got 690 hours on it. I don’t know that ever since he’s had the tractor that it’s seen rain – maybe a couple times, but it’s just absolutely very nice. It’s just broke in, as a matter of fact. He’s got that. He’s also got a couple real late-model Landoll tillage tools. He’s got a 50 ft. field cultivator that I actually used the fall of ’13 ahead of wheat, some, and he’s got a 36 ft. Landoll disk. Both of those have been over very few acres. They’re really better than new, because it’s got all the new bugs worked out of them – on all of those. He’s also got an ’08 F-150 that’s just got 36,000 miles on it that, honestly, our family struggled with even selling, but it has been sitting in the barn. I drive it every once in a while, but we decided to go ahead and sell it. He’s got a little 1920 that’s low hours – handy little utility tractor. Dad’s stuff is either like brand new or it’s got some stuff that’s got some age but very usable, you know, that definitely has not been abused. So it’s a very nice set of equipment.
Well there’s obviously the nearly new pieces of equipment here. As far as the equipment that, as you say, is still very usable but has some age on it, has it been well maintained?
It has been very well maintained. Dad was very careful and meticulous with what he did and how he used his stuff, and he saw after it very well. That 2390 is a prime example. It’s a ’79 model; it’s got 6500 hours on it, but it was kept in a barn. He kept his stuff up, because, obviously, it was a big investment for him as it is with anybody.
Sure. Tell me about the auction location. We’ve got it listed as Pratt, Kansas. Where is it from Pratt and is it all located in one place?
It is all in one place. It’s actually at my folks’ home place. We’re eight miles east of Pratt. We’re only about ¾ mile south of Highway 54/400, so it’s very easily accessible. It is all in one location.
If somebody wanted to haul some of this equipment a fair distance, is it easy to get a truck tractor and trailer in to load it on a semi?
Yes, it is very easy to get access in. As a matter of fact, right behind the house, we’ve had semis in back there behind where the circle is and we’ve had semis in there quite a bit. It’s easy to get a semi with a trailer in to load.
We always encourage our bidders to get a chance to take a look at everything before placing a bid. For anyone interested in doing that, what would need to happen in order to take a look at this equipment?
We will be there the day before the stuff closes, which will be the 28th. We’ll be there all day. Obviously, they can access Purple Wave as well. There’s very good representation of photos – even the tractors have videos as well, which are very well done. As far as physical, on-site inspection, we will be there the day before on the 28th and, of course, on the 29th as well.
I’m looking at the website as well, and under the inspection I’m also seeing an open inspection listed for Friday, April 24, from 9 to 4. I think our territory manager, Keith Leis, is going to be over there at that time to allow anybody to take a look at something in case they want to get financing arranged, if they’re serious in it, and have a few extra days in addition to the day before the auction as well.
Correct. Yes, I believe that’s right.
And on the other side, once a buyer has made payment to Purple Wave, what is he going to need to do in order to come in and pick up and remove the equipment?
We will be there on Thursday and Friday, as well, to allow people to come in the day, you know, the next couple days after. I believe Keith is also planning on being there the following Friday, which, I think, is May the 8th, I think, as well, he has listed on that. There’s some options there, but we will definitely be there the day after and Friday, which will be the 30th and then May 1st, as well.
It’s because you are located out of state, and Keith certainly isn’t local to the auction location, that we are asking our buyers to make a concerted effort to come in and remove the equipment on schedule on those days that we specified, because it is not going to be too easy to come over on a special day and unlock and facilitate a special load out circumstance.
Jim, is there anything else you’d like to mention about this auction?
No. It’s obviously very difficult any time anybody has to go through a situation such as this, but it’s all very nice stuff. There is, obviously, a couple tractors that are non-operational, which is state. But, you know, we went through everything ahead of time and checked it over good. Most of it really didn’t need anything other than maybe charging a battery here and there. It’s a good group of equipment. Obviously, it’s a wide range, like we’ve talked about, from just brand new to some age but usable. It’s a nice set of equipment.
Bidding for this ag equipment auction is open now and will close on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 10 a.m. central. If you have questions about the assets listed for the Morton Barker retirement, or you’re interested in taking a look at the equipment before placing a bid, attend one of the open inspection periods from 9 to 4 on April 24 or April 28. There are many more packages of ag equipment in this auction, so make sure you get a chance to look at the over 400 pieces listed on the website.
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.