Combine Sales Grow, Tractor Sales Drop in September
Combine harvester sales rose during September in both the U.S. and Canada, while total tractor sales fell in both countries. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers total U.S. ag equipment unit sales stayed above the five-year average for the second month since April. Total farm tractor sales fell 12.8% in September compared to last year, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales for the month rose 6.6%, slowing gains made in August. The 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drive tractor segment was once again the only positive segment in the U.S., up 9.6% from August.
In Canada, growth was led by combine harvesters, up 105%. Overall unit sales for tractors were down 1%.
“The ag equipment market, as with most markets for manufactured goods, is turbulent,” said Curt Blades, senior vice president of industry sectors and product leadership with AEM. “Supply chain difficulties continue to weigh on manufacturers’ deliveries.”
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