IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) --Farming equipment sales of machines such as tractors and off-road vehicles seem to be getting back to normal, this after a shortage of machines and parts for several weeks.
According to owner Sidney Whitehurst of Sid’s Supply Co. in Iuka, both supplies and demands of tractors and other farming equipment have been fluctuating for months.
“Everybody that was outside, had outdoor products, sold out in about two months,” Whitehurst said.
Whitehurst said they literally ran out of tractors to sell.
“I don’t care what they had, if it was outdoor product, they run out this year. Everybody,” he said.
Trailers, tractors, and certain types of lawnmowers; Whitehurst said they ran out.
He said for a while there, business was excellent at every store that sold outdoor equipment. So good in fact, that demand exceeded supply.
Whitehurst explained when the pandemic first started, business at outdoor equipment stores fell for a couple of weeks, then it boomed.
“It’s the best year they’ve had so far,” he explained.
He added that factories in South Korea and other places that manufacture the farm equipment laid off employees, and in some cases closed down during the pandemic.
“They actually just had sales greater than they anticipated is what happened. Everybody thought it would slow down, but it picked up."
The reason why: Whitehurst said it’s because everybody was home.
“If you do a little Googling, research, all the seed companies, the gardens, everybody put a garden in this year that hadn’t in the past,” he said.
After a several week period, he said Sid’s finally started getting more loads of machines. the first came in about two weeks ago, and parts should start coming soon.
“Stuff now is getting back to normal, I guess you’d say.”
Future sales, Whitehurst said, are difficult to predict, but for now, he’s happy to have tractors back on his lot.