Rural Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo by michael_swan @ FlickrCC.
AEM and Rosagromash reported new monthly numbers of year-to-date combine and tractor sales for the U.S., Canada and Russia.
As you can see, the first graph represents the total tractor sales for each of the countries, and the second is total self-propelled combine unit sales numbers.
YTD tractor sales for September for the U.S. are up 12.1 percent. Russia’s total tractor sales were down 9.4 percent YTD August. And Canada’s tractor total sales were up 8.9 percent YTD September over 2012. In all three countries, the units sold were primarily 2 wheel drive units versus 4 wheel drive units.
The U.S. combine sales were up 16.4 percent YTD September over 2012. Canada’s combine sales were down 1.4 percent YTD September over 2012 figures, according to AEM. And Russia’s combine total sales were down 41.7 percent over 2012 YTD August, according to Rosagromash.
One might expect sales are peaking here in the U.S., if grain commodity prices remain lower due to global competition, decreased exports, and a possible reduction of the ethanol mandate — as farm profit margins could decrease in the near term.
Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.
1) Canadian Prairie Crops Bursting at the seams this Season: By Jennifer Graham. “the highest all-wheat yield in the last 10 years was about 42 bushels per acre and this year it is expected to be about 49 bushels per acre. … Mr. Townsend said estimates are that the six major grains in Western Canada – wheat, oats, barley, rye, flax and canola – could produce 61.4 million tonnes this year. The previous nine-year average was about 47.7 million tonnes…”
2) Surplus Grains in the UK: “It is not just milling wheat which the UK (unlike most other countries) faces a surplus of. In oats too, the country has an unusually large surplus which is confronting farmers, and traders, with what Robert Leachman, oats trader at Gleadell, says is a ‘serious situation’ on how to find homes for the grain…”
3) Palmer Amaranth Super-weeds: By Kurt Lawton. “Before you run that combine through every acre of your fields, I’d highly recommend reading “Resistant Palmer amaranth hits the Midwest.” This weed is a game changer, and if left unchecked without multiple herbicide modes of control, you can literally lose a field in three years’ time.”
BONUS: Carole King — A Natural Woman’s Idaho property is for sale. (Photo above.)
This news post was written and compiled by K. McDonald.