Farm tractor and self-propelled combine unit sales continued their growth across the U.S. in November 2020, while small to mid-size units continued growth in Canada according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 41% in November compared to 2019 while U.S. self-propelled combine sales grew 33.1%. U.S. four-wheel-drive units nearly doubled in November, up 91.4% to 201 units, now up year-to-date 4.7%. The 100+ hp segment also grew in November, up 24.2%, keeping the big units positive for the year, now up 1.2% YTD. Total YTD farm tractors out the door are up 16.4% in 2020, while combines are now up 6.4% on the year.
For Canada, November tractor sales saw its biggest growth in the sub-40 hp range, carrying overall tractor sales to a 4.4% growth for the month and 9.1% YTD, while 40-100 hp stayed almost flat, only growing 0.3% and 100+ hp units had a similarly small drop of 0.5%. Four-wheel-drive units fell 7.7% in November, while self-propelled combines took a 45% tumble for the month, putting YTD unit sales 11.1% behind their 2019 pace.
“On the whole, this sales report continues the generally positive trends we have seen since April,” said Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag Services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “That trend includes strong growth in the smaller units, while bigger units are following along a little more slowly.”