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North American ag tractor, combine sales fall for second consecutive month

Published on 11 May 2022

Ag tractor and combine unit sales in April 2022 declined for the second month in a row, owing largely to supply chain difficulties, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 22.3% for the month of April compared to 2021, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales for the month declined 5.6% to 459 units sold. The 100-plus-horsepower two-wheel-drive segment was the only growth sector in the U.S. market for the second month in a row, up 3.2%, while midrange tractors between 40 and 100 horsepower fell 19.5%, and the sub-40-horsepower segment led losses, down 25%. Four-wheel-drive tractors took a similar drop as their two-wheel-drive cousins, down 21.1%. Total farm tractor sales are now down 13.7% year to date, while combines are down 14.5% for the same.

In Canada, unit sales fell in all segments again for a 19% decline in total farm tractor sales, led by four-wheel-drive units once more, down 49.3%. Total two-wheel-drive unit sales were down in every segment, leading to an overall 17.3% year-on-year unit sales loss. Combine harvesters were down as well in Canada, falling 14.1% to 110 units sold. Year-to-date farm tractor unit sales are down 7.7% in Canada, while harvesters are down 28%.

“Supply chain remains the number one difficulty our member manufacturers are facing,” said Curt Blades, senior vice president, industry sectors and product leadership at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “At the same time, we’re comparing to record numbers from 2021, and while these numbers may look disappointing, they remain above the five-year average.”

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