Due largely to the nearly 15% increase in registrations in March (2,085 units and the highest monthly total for any month since March 2012), the AEA says the first quarter rise in registrations in England was more obvious in the eastern half of the country.
However, the south west, which bore the brunt of the wet weather in autumn 2019 and will have affected demand for tractors in early 2020, also saw a significant increase. The west Midlands and north west both saw slightly fewer machines registered this year, as did the Home Counties.
Scotland and Wales both recorded only modest year-on-year rises but Northern Ireland saw the biggest increase of any region, with registrations up by nearly two-thirds, compared with the first three months of last year.
There AEA reports mixed trends across the power range, with strong growth for tractors between 121-140hp (+50%) and 201-320hp (+40%). Between those ranges, growth was more modest and registrations of 161-200hp tractors declined by over 5.0%.