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 horsepower category stayed moderately positive, growing 0.4 %, while the mid-size 41-100 horsepower segment was up 2.4%. Heavy duty units saw another big month, with 100+ horsepower units up 23%, however articulated 4WD segment slowed just 1.3%. Year-to-date farm tractor sales remain up 12.2% and combines 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 horsepower 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 4WD units.
“The continued growth in ag tractor and combine sales is 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.”