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Ag tractor, combine unit sales remain positive in October

Published on 11 November 2021

Overall unit sales of both ag tractors and combines continue their growth above an already-hot pace set in 2020, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

U.S. total farm tractor sales climbed 4.8% in October compared to 2020, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales jumped 72.9%, the fourth month in a row of growth near or above 20% for harvesters. The sub-40-hp segment stayed positive, growing 4.5%, while the midsize 41- to 100-hp segment was up 4.1%. Heavy duty units saw another big month, with 100-plus-hp units up 10.3%, however, the articulated four-wheel-drive segment continued to slow, declining 6.3%. Year-to-date farm tractor sales remain up 11.4%, and combines growth moved to 24.4%.

For Canada, October monthly tractor and combine sales were positive as well, with both ag tractors and combines finishing the month in the black. The sub-40-hp segment was up 8.6%, while the biggest growth sectors were four-wheel-drive and combine harvesters, up 48% and 44.2%, respectively. Total farm tractor sales were up 23.4% year to date.   

“We’re pleased to see ag equipment sales remain positive despite the very real supply chain challenges” said Curt Blades, senior vice president of agriculture services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “We remain optimistic that these positive sales trends will continue along with the ongoing strength in the ag economy.”

The full reports can be found in the market data section of the AEM website under ag tractor and combine reports. 

U.S. reports can be viewed here.

Canadian reports can be viewed here.  end mark

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the U. S. supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.

—From an Association of Equipment Manufacturers news release