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Come check out machinery being sold at auction before bidding.

Tom J. Bechman

August 14, 2023

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Claas combine harvester
HOT OFF THE LINE: On view at the Farm Progress Show, a Claas combine with zero hours will be part of BigIron’s display. This one is equipped with tracks, and it is part of the online auction.Tom J. Bechman

A quality selection of machinery is on the block in an online auction that will conclude on the Farm Progress Show’s last day. You will get a rare opportunity to bid online on several pieces of equipment seen at the BigIron display during the 2023 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

“We decided to bring in several quality pieces from the auction closing on Aug. 31 and display them on our lot at the Farm Progress Show,” says Mark Stock of BigIron. “That will give farmers interested in this equipment a chance to inspect the items in person before they bid online, along with everybody else.”

All BigIron auctions have been online since 2009, Stock says. Sullivan Auctioneers, a well-known name in Illinois, is now part of BigIron as well.

“We have something special coming for the Farm Progress Show BigIron lot,” Stock says. “It’s a Claas combine coming from the factory with zero hours on the machine. This one is equipped with tracks, and it is part of this online auction.”

yellow Ford tractor on a lot at a farm show

Stock notes that several pieces of machinery from farms in the central Illinois area will also be part of the auction.

“We may have a couple pieces from different sellers to let people see what the quality of their equipment line is like,” Stock adds. “We can’t bring every piece which is selling to the site. Some of items which will sell will be located at other places. We will make it clear where each piece is located.”

If you purchase a machine or implement located on the BigIron display booth at the show site, you can pick it up Sept. 1 after the show, Stock explains.

For details about all BigIron auctions, visit bigiron.com. The 2023 Farm Progress Show is Aug. 29-31. Learn more at FarmProgressShow.com.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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