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AEM Releases April 2020 Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

File photo shows tractors for sale.

Unit sales of agricultural tractors and combines in April 2020 rose in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

The April increase puts total unit sales year to date roughly flat with 2019. Curt Blades, senior vice president of Ag Services for AEM, says, “The COVID-19 crisis is certainly causing some uncertainty in farm income and Ag equipment purchases for the balance of the year.”

U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 12.3% in April compared to 2019, while U.S. April combine sales inched up 4.1%. Year-to-date sales of all farm tractor units are down 0.6% for 2020, and combine sales are down 10.1% in the same period. For Canada, April tractor sales fell across all segments except mid-range units, leading to an overall decline of tractor sales of 5.7%, with combine sales losing 29.9%. That puts overall farm tractors down 13.1% for 2020 year-to-date and combines down 34.6% in Canada.

(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)