Tractor sales are showing signs of recovery after poor weather and the coronavirus pandemic saw registrations decline last year.
Sales of new tractors fell by 14.3% in the Midlands during 2020, according to annual figures released by the Agricultural Engineers Association. Some 1173 tractors were sold in the region during the year compared to 1369 tractors in 2019.
But the market appears to be bouncing back. Some 776 tractors over 50hp were sold during December 2020 – a figure 25% higher than the same month in 2019. The AEA said it expected the recovery to continue during the first quarter of 2021.
The sharpest fall in 2020 was in the home counties (41% down), with south-west England and Northern Ireland seeing declines of over 20%. But the rate of decline was smaller in the north of England and Wales. Only south-east England saw a slight rise in registrations.
The decline in registrations was seen across most of the power range, apart from the top and bottom. The number of compact tractors (50hp and under) being registered rose slightly and there was also a rise among machines at the other end of the range.
In all, 25% more tractors over 320hp were registered in 2020 than in 2019. There was a modest fall among machines over 200hp but all broad power bands below that level (and above 50hp) saw year-on-year falls of 15-20%.