MILWAUKEE — U.S. retail sales of tractors under 40 horsepower and 40-100 horsepower continued to lead the way in September, and while sales of larger tractors rebounded from last month, year-to-date sales were still down, according to the latest data from the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade group for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

U.S. retail sales for 2WD tractors under 40 horsepower gained 16.8% in September (compared to last year), with year-to-date sales up 11.7%. September sales of 2WD tractors 40-100 horsepower were up 3.9% year-over-year, but year-to-date sales were still down — minus 4.3%.

Sales of 2WD 100+ horsepower tractors in the U.S. dropped 7.3% for September, compared to minus 27.0% for August, with September year-to-date sales down 22.7%. September sales of 4WD tractors declined 17.9% (compared to minus 48.1% for August), with September year-to-date sales down 32.4%.  

U.S. combine sales declined 34.6% for September and recorded a 24.2% drop for September year-to-date sales.

“While our current ag downturn is the result of lower commodity prices putting pressure on farm income, weak exports due to a strong U.S. dollar, and overall global economic malaise, we cannot underestimate the impact of inventories at the manufacturer and dealership level. A recent co-run survey by AEM and EDA, Equipment Dealers Assn., provides some insight on the issue from the manufacturer and dealer perspectives,” states AEM Senior Vice President Charlie O’Brien.

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