Just read an article in "Farm & Ranch magazine" from a guy in Tallahassee, FL:
He noticed three semi- loads of old tractors, with many garden tractors and implements being loaded onto a large oceangoing freighter at a small private dock in Panama Beach, FL this past Fall.
When he asked the dock manager about it; "was told the ship came in to port every three months with a load of steel pipe from and made in Colombia, and then returns to Colombia with a load of scrap paper in the hold and 3 or 4 loads of farm equipment strapped on the deck.
A guy in Alabama buys old tractors, implements and garden tractors all across the South and then sells them for a good markup in South America. The South Americans don't want anything with modern electronics; they want heavier-stronger older tractors and implements that they can fix and make parts for themselves. Over the last 10 years, there have been thousands of old tractors shipped from here to South America. After being reasonably restored in Columbia, they are shipped to neighboring countries down there and maintained by the farmers that will continue to use them."
And now we know where all the Tractors down South are disappearing!