Despite the drought, U.S. tractor sales are running ahead of year-ago levels. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reports farm tractor sales totaled 14,473units in September up 2.9 percent compared to September of 2011. Two-wheel-drive tractor sales were up 2.8 percent at 13,794 while four-wheel-drive sales were 4.9 percent higher totaling 679 for the month. The biggest increase was 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drives where sales were up more than 11 percent.
Year-to-date total tractor sales in the U.S. are 7.7 percent ahead of last year with two-wheel-drive sales up 7.7 percent and four-wheel-drive sales up 8.4 percent.
U.S. self-propelled combine sales in September totaled 1,353 units up 7.9 percent from September of last year. Year-to-date combine sales are trailing last year by 8.4 percent.