Unit Sales of Four-Wheel Drive, Row Crop Tractors Continue to See Growth

Dan Agri-Business, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Economy

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While overall farm tractor unit sales in the U.S. declined in August, heavy duty row crop tractor unit sales continued to increase. This is according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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100+hp 2WD tractors, and 4WD tractors were the only segments to grow year-over-year. Both those segments, along with self-propelled combines remain positive for the year. The biggest overall growth among tractors happened in 4WD units, growing more than 20 percent in August


“North American row-crop farmers continue to add and adopt new technology to their equipment fleets to help reduce costs and improve yields,” said Curt Blades, senior vice president, industry sectors and product leadership at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “The appeal of the newer equipment centers on improved fuel efficiency, better GPS technology, and improved automation features, which is why farmers are continuing to make these investments.”

Overall unit sales of U.S. tractors are down 4.6 percent compared to sales in August 2022, while combine sales declined slightly by 2.4 percent. Year to date, tractor sales improved their pace, with declines falling to just over 8 percent, while combines remain up nearly 32 percent.

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