Nearly 360,000 tractors and combines left dealer lots in 2021 in North America, reported the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) over the weekend. United States and Canadian unit sales of ag tractors and combines finished 2021 with gains over 10% in nearly every segment in both countries.
U.S. total farm tractor sales gained 0.3% for December compared to 2020, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales for the month gained 25.3%. That was enough for a total 2021 gain of 10.3% for tractors and 24.7% for combines.
The only segment in either the United States or Canada that gained less than 10% was sub-40 horsepower tractors, growing 8.9% in the United States.
The overall U.S. growth leader for tractors were 100+ horsepower 2WD tractors, growing 24.1%, followed by articulated 4WD tractors up 18.3%. A total of 317,897 tractors and 6,272 combine harvesters found new homes in the United States.
In Canada, tractor sales in December grew 10.5%, while combines fell 17.6% year-over-year. However, total sales for 2021 were up 19.4% for tractors, and up 23.1% for combines.
The slowest-selling 2021 segment in Canada — the 40-100 horsepower 2WD range of tractors — still grew 14.4%.
The leading segment — 100+ horsepower 2WD units — grew 33.6%, followed by articulated 4WD units up 32.7%. A total of 33,463 tractors and 1,786 combine harvesters were sold in Canada in 2021.
“Seeing gains in the double digits across North America year-over-year for both tractors and combines is great for equipment manufacturers,” said Curt Blades, AEM senior vice president, industry sectors & product leadership. “Sales gains over an already-successful 2020 came despite the supply chain issues and workforce challenges that made 2021 a challenging year for manufacturers. Our industry is working hard to navigate these supply chain challenges to deliver equipment and parts to farmers as they approach the 2022 growing season.”
The full reports can be found in the Market Data section of the AEM website under Ag Tractor and Combine Reports:
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