Canadian sales of farm machinery in April were mostly down, according to figures released by the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers.
High horsepower (>100 HP) tractor sales fell 20.1% (389 units) during the month on a year-over-year basis (487 units in April 2018.) Year-to-date, sales of this equipment in Canada declined by 26.8% (973 units) vs. the same 4 month period in 2018 (1,330 units).
Mid-range (40-100 HP) tractor sales fell 25.3% (363 units) compared to April 2018 (486 units). For the first 4 months of the year, sales of mid-range tractors in Canada were down by 16.1% (1,429 units) vs. the same period in 2018 (1,703 units).
4WD tractor sales by Canadian dealers in April dropped 15.7% (129 units) compared to April last year (486 units). Year-to-date for the January-April period, sales of 4WD tractors were down 27.6% (297 units) vs. the same period last year (410 units).
Sales of compact tractors in Canada was the only bright spot, rising 16.1% (1,356 units) compared to April 2018 (1,169 units). Year-to-date, sales of this tractor category rose 9.4% (3,760 units) vs. the first 4 months of 2018 (3,438 units).
Canadian combine sales in April were down 26.7% (148 units) compared to April 2018 (2,295 units). During the January-April period of this year, Canadian dealers sold 434 units, down 6.9% vs. the same period of 2018 (466 units).