Robb Ewoldt, a soybean and cattle farmer outside Davenport, said he’s been lucky so far that he has had no problems getting the parts he needs.
Although the strike is not a situation he has to deal with actively, it is a concern that lies at the back of his mind. There are many hypotheses that could turn into real problems, such as equipment failure or the need to replace a missing part.
These assumptions can snowball. If an integral part breaks, they may not be able to replace it. If they can’t replace it, the equipment may not work properly, if at all. If it can’t work, they can’t harvest and they have little time before it’s too late.
He knows a farmer with a broken combine and no assurance that it will be fixed soon.
“It’s a crop that we grow, we sell to pay our bills, and if we can’t harvest it and sell it, we’re in trouble,” Ewoldt said.
Dierickx said if there had been a catastrophic break on his gear rather than a small one, he wasn’t sure what plan B would have been.
Deere is known for its availability of quality and reliable parts and equipment, he said. These are the main reasons people buy Deere products.
“If they don’t continue to have that (parts availability), that will be a concern for all of us,” he said.