A new utility tractor made in China is now available for U.S. farmers. The Iron Horse Tractor with a 28-hp, 3-cyl. diesel engine sells for $8,995. The transmission provides 12 forward speeds and 4 reverse speeds to handle most small utility jobs. It is equipped with a 540/ 1,000 rear PTO shaft and 3-pt. hitch for up to 1,200 lbs. of lift. Contact Iron Horse Tractor Inc., Dept. FIN, 305 Union St., Franklin, MA 02038, 508/ 520-1032, www.ironhorse tractor.com.

So far this year, tractor sales are running nearly 10.9% ahead of 1999 sales; combine sales are up 5%. Equipment Manufacturers Institute