Modern farmers have a huge range of equipment options for the various activities they do on
an annual basis. The farming industry attempts to meet the needs for a wide variety of people that
include everything from private gardeners to large industrial farms. Yes, the various kinds of farm
equipment available can meet the needs of every farming operation. With all the equipment available on
today's market, and it may seem confusing, but just knowing about the "basic" farm equipment options can
be an enormous help.
- Tractor - A tractor is a vehicle used mainly on farms to pull other machines
and equipment. The origin of the word tractor comes from the Latin word 'trahere' meaning 'to pull.' The
earliest known use of the idea was a "traction engine" which came from the 19th century when machines
were being designed to pull farming tools and wagons.
- Tractor Attachments - Various equipment can be attached to the rear of a tractor
and pulled to add a new level of functionality: disc harrows, cultipackers, box blades and others.
- Front-End Loader - If a tractor is equipped to act as a front-end loader, it
can perform multiple tasks on a regular basis. Front-end loaders are used regularly on small farms for
digging, lifting, transporting bulky items, and performing land-grading tasks.
- Backhoe - A backhoe configuration mounts to the rear of the tractor and is
primarily used for digging, and is a very effective tool in this regard.
- Boxblade - A boxblade breaks up dirt before the box pushes it forward. It's
very useful for leveling areas and moving dirt, and can also be used for grading, leveling, spreading,
smoothing and creating paths.
- Wagon - A wagon can be large, small, metal frame or wood. In any case,
either a two-wheeled or four-wheeled wagon can be used to haul tools, equipment, dirt, feed and more.
- Truck - Any make and model of truck can be used in farming. As a
homesteader, you'll get the most value from a truck if it can be used for more than just one job. A
good truck doesn't necessarily have to be 4-wheel drive, but it should function as a good carrier and
commuter. When you're running a small farm, a truck must be able to go beyond just paying for itself,
so choosing the right truck is important.
- ATV or UTV - Having some type of vehicle that is considered "all-terrain" is
always good. All-terrain means that most or all wheels will assist in the navigation of various types
of geographical terrain situations (and they're really fun too!). They're small vehicles that are really
handy when it comes to negotiating dirt, hills, rocks and thick brush. They're great for small and
large properties, and can tow small trailers. A good option to consider if you can't afford a tractor.
Every industry operates as part of a global economy, and the food industry is a large part of
it. With such a heavy demand for food, there must be a vast food system that can effectively
feed the whole world. Any disruptions that occur in our modern society affects more than just the
availability of certain food products, but also the working aspects of the entire food system. These aspects
include the coordination of people in the farming industry and the tangible equipment they use to
grow, harvest, transport, package, market and shelve the food products for people who rely on the system.
Farming is hard work, but it takes more than hard work, it takes coordination between a
network of professionals who can keep the chain working in a flow. There are many people involved in this
network,..farmers, pickers, machine operators, truck drivers, warehouse personnel and retailers. And it
even goes beyond that, especially in a digital world where there is a need for software engineers,
electronic engineers, mechanical engineers, biologists and equipment repairmen.
With our world population at around 7.5 billion, there is an obvious need for continual
advancements in the
Every breakthrough in technology and biology improves the way we
make food products more available and affordable. It may even improve our quality of life
by making food healthier, better tasting and longer-lasting.
- Organic innovations unlock a longer shelf life for fruits and vegetables, reducing food waste.
- Digital tools optimize delivery routes so produce isn't lost or spoiled during transportation.
Gone are the days of the universal "one-size-fits-all" tractor. Today, the word "tractor is
more of an umbrella term, referring to the many sizes and shapes of tractors that are available. There
are many types of tractors, including the standard look of a traditional tractor. But some models are
just down-right unusual. In any case, there is a tractor model that will fill the requirements of any
farming needs. Tractors are typically part of a standard list of equipment for small and large farming
Tractors are available in models appropriate for small farm-like operations that involve
small backyard plots all the way up to large areas of land mass in rural settings. Types of tractors
- Compact: Compact tractors, as their name implies, are small, high-powered tractors that can
assist with all the basic functions needed on a farm. Compact tractors are ideal for material handling
and working in tight spaces where traditional tractors can't fit.
- Wheeled: Wheeled tractors are general-purpose tractors that help you get the most out of
your machinery. These utility tractors can meet a variety of demands and can be outfitted for tilling,
material handling and equipment pulling. With a range of options in horsepower, lifting capacity,
control and cab style, you can choose the wheeled tractor that works best for you and your application.
- Track: Track tractors are farming vehicles mounted with rubber tracks instead of tires,
allowing them to plow fields with more power while providing a smoother ride for the operator.
- Orchard: Orchard tractors are a special type of tractor adapted with features to work
optimally in orchards. These slender tractors can more easily fit between lines of trees while still
providing the power needed to do landscaping and maintenance.
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