Tractor registrations have improved not only in the last month of 2021 but also the full 12 months of the year, going by the latest report from the Agricultural Engineers Association.

In December 2021, some 883 machines were registered – up 13.8% up on December 2020 – with the total figure for the full 12 months of 12,017 units, representing a massive 15.8% improvement on the previous year.

At 883 machines, the monthly total for December 2021, was 16% above the 2015-19 average. It was in fact the highest figure for the time of year since 2017, when registrations were inflated by pre-registrations ahead of the application of new regulations.

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The yearly total of tractor registrations for 2021 is also very close to the size of the market in each of the three years before that.

Industry commentators also believe figures would have been higher if it wasn’t for the disruptions to global supply chains, which led to an increase in delivery lead times for a wide range of manufactured products, including tractors.

That would mean that some machines which would ordinarily have been delivered (and registered) in 2021 will have been delayed into 2022.