Citing U.S. EPA compliance concerns and diminishing sales volumes, AGCO says it will stop producing its SpraCoupe compact, self-propelled sprayer for the North American market in May.

The company will still make parts for the machine and provide support for SpraCoupe dealers.

The SpraCoupe has a long and storied history with farmers since it was introduced 5 decades ago to serve farmers wanting a smaller, professional-grade self-propelled sprayer to applying fertilizer and crop-protection products.

But over time, AGCO says, the North American customer base for that segment has been shrinking. There are fewer small farms and a growing number of large farms fueling demand for larger, more productive machines.

The cost for Tier 4 compliance also made it impractical to continue the SpraCoupe brand, says Mark Sharitz, AGCO’s marketing director for application equipment.