Small tractors are selling

Total U.S. tractor sales were up in June but the increase was with smaller tractors. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says 21,829 tractors were sold in the month, a 5 percent increase over June of 2013.

However, 13,326 of those tractors were two-wheel-drive units with less than 40 horsepower, a 14 percent increase compared to a year ago. Sales of 40-to-100 horsepower two-wheel-drives totaled 5,884 up nearly 1 percent while sales of two-wheel-drives over 100 horsepower decreased 19 percent at 2,267 units.

Total four-wheel-drive sales were down 22 percent at 352 tractors.

Year-to-date tractor sales total 106,997 units up 2.5 percent from the first six months of 2013. Four-wheel-drive sales year-to-date are down more than 10 percent, 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drive sales are 10 percent lower. 40-to-100 horsepower two-wheel-drive sales are nearly 4 percent higher and under 40 horse two-wheel-drive sales are up almost 7 percent compared to the first half of last year.

Self-propelled combine sales in June totaled 705 machines down nearly 24 percent from June of last year. Year-to-date combine sales total 4,004 units down more than 12 percent from 2013.

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