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Growth in ag tractor, combine sales continues to outpace 2020 in North America

Published on 13 October 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 2.5% in September compared to 2020, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales jumped 34.6%, the third month in a row of growth near or above 20% for harvesters. The sub-40-hp stayed moderately positive, growing 0.4%, while the midsize 41- to 100-hp segment was up 2.4%. Heavy duty units saw another big month, with 100-plus-hp units up 23%, however, the articulated four-wheel-drive segment slowed just 1.3%. Year-to-date farm tractor sales remain up 12.2%, and combine growth moved up to 17.3%.

For Canada, September monthly tractor and combine sales were mostly positive as well, with both ag tractors and combines finishing the month in the black. The sub-40-hp segment was up 13.5%, while the biggest growth sector was combine harvesters, up 23.5% to 142 units sold. Total farm tractor sales were up 7.2% despite a 24.3% miss on articulated four-wheel-drive units.  

“The continued growth in ag tractor and combine sales is good news for the ag equipment industry,” said Curt Blades, senior vice president of agriculture services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “Year to date, every segment is up double-digits over last year, which was already a high-growth year. We look forward to these trends continuing through the rest of the year and into the next.”

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 found here.

Canadian reports can be found 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