U.S. tractor sales in August totaled 15,973 up 13.2 percent from August of last year.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says two-wheel-drive tractor sales were up 13.6 percent at 15,440 units while four-wheel-drive sales increased 2.3 percent to 533. While more than half of the tractors sold are two-wheel-drives with less than 40 horsepower, the biggest percentage increase in sales for the month and year-to-date has been in two-wheel-drives above 100 horsepower.
Year-to-date total U.S. tractor sales are up 12.6 percent at 137,776. Two-wheel-drive sales are 12.8 percent higher and four-wheel-drive sales are 7.6 percent above the first eight months of 2012.
Self-propelled combine sales declined 6.7 percent from a year ago in August with 1,025 machines sold. Year-to-date self-propelled combine sales total 6,669 up 26.8 percent.