Ode to Tractors,
the Greatest Machine
Farming has Seen
In fact, the tractor is an essential part of modern farming. You can get a farmer to give up on pesticides, or even overalls, but a tractor? They’ll say hell no.
Just picture it. It is big, it looks majestic, it is jam-packed with power. What is not to like about this metal giant? So today, we’re talking about tractors.
How did the tractor come about?
The tractor was invented by a man named John Froelich. In 1890, he created the first gas powered tractor for agricultural use that could travel at the eye-popping speed of 3 miles per hour. But this skeletal prototype was successful, because it showed the potential for its use in farming. Froelich went on to start the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company, which would later be acquired by none other than, drumroll please, John Deere.
From here, many companies and inventors improved the tractor, and the tractor caught on with farmers increasingly as the years went on.
Why are tractors so important to farmers?
Asking why farmers love tractors, is like asking a dad if he loves the BBQ grill. Of course he does. It’s the thing that gets the job done. In dad’s case, it’s Sunday cookouts. In the farmer’s case, it’s the actual work on the field.
When it was first introduced, the tractor changed rural America forever. Never before had there been a workhorse this essential to agriculture. Because before this, for all the heavy duty work that needed to be done on the field, they either used horses, or cows.
But once the tractor came, the game just changed. Productivity across American farms shot up like never before. Think about it. The average tractor nowadays has easily over 100 horsepower. A job that would’ve taken a crew of horses for an hour and a half, can now be done in five minutes.
What’s next for tractors?
Now, this beloved working machine is about to leap into the next era of farming. There are some cool innovations coming to tractors.
The first is that tractors might soon become driverless. Autonomous vehicles are taking the world by storm, and tractors are no exception. With tractors not needing drivers, farmers can now easily synch up their multi-driver operations with less people. They can also send tractors to remote locations, and not have to worry about going back and forth all the time.
Other innovations include telematics, in which the tractor could communicate with the driver. This can enable farmers to better maintain their tractor fleet, and spot malfunctions easily. It’s also nifty for theft prevention. Essentially, your average tractor will not only brawn, but also brains.
It is no wonder that the average farmer has more than one tractor. Not only is it a great machine for work, it is a beloved staple in modern US agriculture.
So cheers to tractors. They make the dream happen.