The outlook for sales of some of the largest pieces of farm equipment might be bleak, but tractor and combine sales are stronger overall than figures observed at this time a year ago.

According to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, total farm tractor sales are up 15.1% year to date over 2019 data for a total of more than 247,000 machines sold so far this year. Most of that increase, however, comes from a strong boost in 2WD tractors with less than 40 horsepower, sales of which have jumped 18.4% so far this year. Larger 2WD tractors ranging from 40-100 HP are experiencing a double-digit boost as well, a 10.9% increase over 2019 numbers.

But sales figures for the larger tractors on the market are relatively stagnant. For 2WD tractors larger than 100 HP, there’s been an increase of just 0.2% in sales; 4WD tractor sales have increased just 1% so far this year.

Sales of self-propelled combines are also on the rise. According to AEM’s figures, a little more than 4,300 such machines have been sold so far this year, a 5.5% increase over the 2019 data.

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