EXHIBITORS at the Elmore Field Days are expecting good sales this year off the back of a favourable season for farmers.
Good seasonal conditions and solid commodity prices are driving the positive outlook for farmers.
Elmore Field Days president David Trewick said most exhibitors were expecting good sales this year.
“With dairy prices getting higher and farmers expecting a good season this year on the back of a reasonable season last year, there should be plenty of business around for exhibitors,” he said.
Elmore Field Days committee member Andrew Hamberg is in charge of the in-paddock demonstrations.
He said business had been so good for some demonstrators, they had sold their demo units before the field days.
“Farming is as good as it’s been for a while," he said.
“When you have good times like we are having this year, machinery sales are buoyant and the machinery businesses have sold their stuff before the field days have even begun.
“In general most companies are enjoying a good time, with things looking as good as they are this season and farm gate prices so reasonable."
Mr Hamberg said a good season for farmers always had a flow-on effect for other business, even if they are not directly related to farming.
Grogans Machinery's director Matt Grogan said it was always uncertain how sales would be at a field days.
“It’s always an unknown,” he said.
“You never know until the field days are over.
“I think a lot of people are still in debt recovery, but it certainly does look more promising than it has in a while.”
Mr Grogan said business had been good for the company this year on the back of solid farming conditions.
“We’ve been very busy this year and we hope it continues on into the field days,” he said.
“The money gets spread around- there is a flow-on effect for other businesses when sales are good.”
Echuca Rural owner Chris Pettigrove said farmer's needed another good season before they had the confidence to make further investments in machinery.
"If we get an inch of rain this week to finish the crops off it'll be a great thing," he said.
"We have our fingers crossed.
"The farmers really need this year to consolidate, but the outlook is good.
"A good year under their belt will mean a big difference."
There should be plenty of business around for exhibitors