Quality farm equipment is getting hard to find amid the supply chain shortage, many farmers and experts said, and its scarcity is driving up prices and raising questions about whether farmers’ harvests and next year’s planting season could be affected.
Some farmers are concerned that the shortage could grow worse after 10,000 John Deere workers went on strike last week. The company had reported record profits this year, and United Auto Workers union members walked off the job at 14 manufacturing plants when it refused to raise wages above 6 percent.
A long strike could hamper the country’s food supply chain, which has suffered shortages since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which further delayed John Deere’s ability to deliver products and parts in a timely manner. Farmers also worry that a delay could affect their increasingly thin margins.NBC The John Deere strike and supply chain woes has farmers worried about harvest and planting season