The farm tractor and its advanced iterations have many uses for any farmer, big or small. Tractors can do the work of many men. Learn about the farm tractor and its many uses below:
Many Types and Uses
Farm tractors have many uses for a typical farmer. Tractors can be used to pull loads of crops from the field to the farmhouse or truck. Tractors can be used to plow fields using attachments. A tractor can plant seeds, water crops, distribute fertilizer or pesticide and till or turn over crops.
Reduced Labor Needs
One of the main advantages of the invention of the tractor is the drastically reduced labor needs, and therefore reduced labor costs and reduced cost of food. Instead of working in the fields all day, doing extremely difficult manual labor, the farmer can now tend his fields in a much more efficient manner in the relative comfort of a tractor seat. Just 100 years ago, a farmer who wanted to pick his olive or almond trees needed to hire extra workers during harvest season, now with the invention of equipment that shakes the fruit loose from the trees, the labor needed is a fraction of before. Even the smallest family farm can take advantage of the farm tractor to increase production, reduce labor and make more money from their crops. A family farmer can use a basic farm tractor to pull any number of implements behind him to tend his fields. A family farmer can also take advantage of the brute strength of a farm tractor to perform tasks that might take several people with just 1 tractor and 1 man.
Tractors have come a long way from the steam powered tractors of the early 20th century. With new safety features, the latest technology and increased efficiency, the modern tractor has made farm life easier and more productive than ever. Tractor roll overs have traditionally been the source of many farm fatalities and injuries, but the addition of roll over protection systems, ROPS for short, has significantly reduced the amount of roll over fatalities. In addition, old tractors never had seatbelts, the addition of seatbelts or harnesses plus the ROPS system has further decreased fatalities during tractor roll overs.
The next time you pass a tractor on the side of the road, take a moment to appreciate this masterful invention that has drastically improved the way we farm and live forever.