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Report: Retail sales of farm tractors up, while combine sales plunging

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WICHITA, Kansas — A new industry report shows retail sales of farm tractors up nearly 19 percent this past July when compared to the same month a year ago.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers said Tuesday that 21,906 farm tractors were sold nationwide last month.

That brings the total so far this year to 127,215 sales. That is an increase of 1.4 percent for the past seven months when compared to the same period last year.

But sales of combines fell more than 34 percent with just 511 of them sold last month.

The industry group reports that combine sales during the first seven months of this fell to 2,850. That is more than a 40 percent drop when compared to the same period a year ago.

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