What Do Farmers Look For at Agricultural Auctions?

What you and I might call an “agricultural auction” is probably more commonly referred to as a “farm auction,” where used farm equipment and machinery is put up for bid, and those with deep pockets tend to get some great deals on things like tractors, trailers and bulldozers.


Therefore, what do farmers look for at auctions? In some cases, it’s actual farmland. Typically, a farmer runs out of room on their own property. They need more land. So they want to buy land that’s nearby and would fit their needs.

Specialized Vehicles

Of course, farmers also look for “stuff” to add to their current farm property, which can include used transports and trucks, as well as grain carts. Highly specialized vehicles tend to sell quickly and for top dollar at agricultural auctions.


How about headers? If there’s a header that has been well-maintained, and it’s a quality machine, farmers are going to want to bid on it. This is because most farmers don’t do a great job maintaining their own headers, such that they wear out quickly and need to be replaced.

Farm Equipment

What about equipment that helps keep the farm running smoothly? These would be pieces like plows, land rollers, power tillers and lawnmowers. At auctions, these pieces of equipment tend to go at low prices!


As for “the big stuff” at agricultural auctions, a lot of times farmers specifically attend in order to bid on tractors. Cheaper than buying one new from a showroom, farmers know they can get a John Deere, Kubota, Caterpillar or Case brand tractor at a fairly reasonable price at auction.


In some cases, farmers attend auctions in order to sell or buy livestock including pigs, sheep, goats and horses. Sometimes hay will be auctioned, too!

In Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, Wilson Auction handles agricultural equipment and farm machinery auctions where farmers (and others) can buy used items such as excavators, backhoes, skid steers, motor and pull scrapers, and plenty more. Auctions can be held in the traditional way, at a physical property, or, thanks to the Internet, online, such that people from near and far can use their computers and smartphones to see what’s available for sale. For more information, please call 866-870-5500.