Tractors, Plows & Harvesters

Tractors, Plows & Harvesters

Milling rice for home consumption can also be done over a long period, and in Asia it is common for a mill owner to ‘rent’ his machine to customers. Rental markets for land preparation, with the use of animals or tractors, were once common in the United States, when plows were scarce, and in Europe.

Such rental markets are now common in Asia wherever tractors or power tillers have penetrated.

 All of the foregoing technological advances have been critically dependent on the availability of an abundant and economic supply of fossil fuels including diesel fuel for on-farm tractors and self-propelled machines; and natural gas, heavy fuel oil and coal for off-farm electricity generation.

Power supply may be considered as autonomous at different levels: at local on-farm level, at local co-operative level or at national level. At local level autonomous power supply may be defined as that power which is generated on-farm for local on-farm use.Farm machinery, mechanical devices, including tractors and implements, used in farming to save labour.

Farm machines include a great variety of devices with a wide range of complexity: from simple hand-held implements used since prehistoric times to the complex harvesters of modern mechanized agriculture.

Thus, huge savings in labor have accrued from engine-driven mechanization systems in the developed world, which in turn have been rapidly followed by rural depopulation. The societal impact of rural depopulation has not been adequately addressed.