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Tractor, combine sales slowed in June

Progressive Forage Editor Dave Natzke Published on 12 July 2019

June marked a down month for ag tractor and combine sales, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Every product category saw a decrease in sales compared to a year earlier, although year-to-date sales for tractors and combines remained solid.

A summary of June and year-to-date U.S. sales follows:

  • June sales of four-wheel-drive tractors were down almost 16% from a year earlier at 166. Year-to-date sales in this category hit 1,244, up 15% from January-June 2018.

  • U.S. sales of two-wheel-drive tractors were down about 3% at 25,547, with year-to-date sales up 4% at 127,436. Within the category, sales of 100-plus-horsepower tractors fell more than 7% in June compared to a year earlier to 1,419; year-to-date sales are up about 2% from a year earlier at 8,649. Sales of two-wheel-drive tractors in the 40- to 100-horsepower category fell almost 5% to 5,979; year-to-date sales are down about 1.4% at 28,906. Tractors under 40 horsepower were down about 2.6% to 18,409; year-to-date sales are up 6% at 89,981.

  • Sales of self-propelled combines totaled 355 in June 2019, down 23% from a year earlier; year-to-date 2019 sales hit 2,098, a 4.5% increase over the same period a year earlier.

Canadian retail sales of farm tractors and combines fared no better. Total tractor sales dropped 14.5% when compared to last June, while sales of self-propelled combines fell nearly 47%.

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.  end mark

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