The results of this year’s Big Dealer Report found the continuation of a trend noted in the 2021 Big Dealer Report: Caterpillar dealers are separating from their AGCO business, particularly within the last few years.
Ag tractor and combine unit sales in April 2022 declined for the second month in a row, owing largely to supply chain difficulties, according to the latest data from the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
With the farm equipment service technician shortage – now and in the future – Ag Equipment Intelligence examined the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on this job category (Farm Equipment Mechanics & Service Technician, 49-3041).
Based on preliminary results of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s 2022 Big Dealer Report, dealer consolidation is continuing to pick up. While the total number of big dealers dropped to 195 from 197 last year, the total number of stores owned by big dealers increased from 2,358 in 2021 to 2,471 this year, an increase of about 4%.
The general business climate index for the agricultural machinery industry in Europe has continued to fall after its sharpest drop since the crash in the wake of COVID-19, but is still holding at a positive level.
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In this episode of On the Record we take a look at the how dealer optimism has continued to fall, hitting a near record low, in May. In the Technology Corner Michaela Paukner follows up her last segment with a look at AGCO’s tech stack. We also discuss the California’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board’s rejection of a petition to amend a 70s era regulation limiting autonomous equipment. Also in this episode a look at Kubota’s dealer development plans and the full-line and tractor manufacturer results of EDA’s dealer manufacturer relations report.