The astonishing production capability of modern agriculture can, in no small part, be attributed to the tractor. Once the internal combustion engine hit the farm, there was no turning back. Farms grew bigger, with farmers able to cover more ground faster. Cash crops replaced oats needed for horses. Family size became smaller as less labor was needed to farm.

Rural America was forever changed.

Today’s tractors are incredible, amazing, powerful feats of mechanical engineering and precision.

MANUFACTURERS UNVEIL NEW TRACTORS
New innovations in tractor technology are coming out all the time. In other words, it’s not your grandpa’s tractor anymore. In 2018, equipment manufactures seemed to focus on combines. In 2019, their shift has turned to tractors. Sales are up nearly 5%, and the new models offer innovative possibilities.

CASE IH unveiled its AFS Connect Magnum series at the National Farm Machinery Show, with its updated exterior and cab design and improved precision technology.

Other manufacturers feature versatility to perform multiple operations around the farm, along with improved precision technology.

John Deere’s new 6230R and 6250R models focus on the needs of livestock and hay producers with an infinitely variable transmission (IVT) that allows the machine to accelerate quickly, haul heavy loads, and reach optimal transport speed in a hurry, making it perfect for baling and hauling hay. An improved factory-installed command center works smarter and adds to driver comfort.

John Deere also has updates to its largest lineup of tractors. The new John Deere 9R series offers 120-inch track spacing and 30- and 36-inch tracks to help reduce field compaction and increase stability on hilly ground. A new command center and software upgrade is geared toward saving fuel and allowing more acres to be covered in less time by reducing overlap. A hydraulic kit, in either factory or field installed versions, helps manage implements that require continuous hydraulic power. The kit is retrofittable on some older models.

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