Ag in brief: Tractor sales down for 2022, Ontario bolsters rural wifi
January 17, 2023 by Bree Rody
Tractor sales down for 2022
Combine harvester sales finished the year with healthy gains in unit sales while ag tractors finished the year below 2021 levels in both the U.S. and Canada according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Total U.S. ag tractor unit sales fell for both the month of December as well as the year as a whole compared to 2021, with the sub-40hp segment leading losses in both timeframes, losing 26.7 percent for the month and 19.3 percent for calendar 2022. U.S. self-propelled combine sales, however, grew 16.3 percent on the month, finishing the year up 15.8 percent. In Canada, combine harvesters led sales for the year again, up 10.7 percent, assisted by a 27.7 percent bump in December. Overall unit sales in tractors finished the year down 7.2 percent, with the sub-40hp segment leading losses north of the border as well, down 17 percent for December and 9.8 percent for the year. Conversely, 4WD units were the only tractor segment to finish the year positive, growing 6.3 percent for the year, helped by more than doubling sales in the month of December. Two-wheel-drive tractors above 100hp finished the year nearly flat, selling only 9 fewer units than the year before, putting that segment down 0.2 percent.
Ontario, Canada invest in internet for Middlesex County
The governments of Canada and Ontario will invest more than $1.8 million to bring high-speed internet to more than 640 homes, farms and businesses in Middlesex County.
The areas of Putman, Crampton, Avon, Mossley, Harrietsville, Gladstone, Kerwood, Napperton and Strathroy have been targeted.
The upgrade is part of an ongoing effort to increase connectivity throughout rural Southwestern Ontario. Technology is provided through a partnership with Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT). To date, more than $225 million has been invested in this initiative, which aims to bring high-speed internet to more than 63,000 hosueholds and businesses by the end of 2023.