Tractor Ballast and Weighting

Tractor Ballast is an important step to optimum performance Purchasing a tractor, whether for one task or many, has several things to consider before the best use of your money can be achieved.  Properly setting up the Tractor Ballast enables you to balance fuel economy, transmission efficiency, work effectiveness, tire life, loading capacities, and other tasks you’ll be asking it to perform. When your tractor is set up with a front end loader having the rear of the tractor ballasted to [...]

Tractor Selection Guide

Know What You Want, Know What You’re Getting if you want to do a good tractor selection Selecting the right tractor can be a complex decision these days, as manufacturers make the machines more complicated with good intentions to be competitive for your business.. computerized controls, operator comfort, ease of operation, and other added features all come at a cost..the trick is to determine if the benefit is worth it. It seems the smaller the tractor, the more complex these decisions [...]

The Rainforest Alliance

Recent findings from the United States Environmental Protection Agency continue the mounting proof that Climate Change is real, that's why we want to show in this article, the importance of The Rainforest Alliance's work around the world (see: Report: Federal climate findings counter Trump's stance on climate change - CBS News - Aug 8, 2017). Founded in 1987 by Daniel Katz, the Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on certifying farms and businesses which actively conserve biodiversity and [...]

Mechanizing Palm Oil Crop Production

Mechanizing Palm Oil Crop is essential to increase the productivity of any agricultural crop such as oil palm (Elaeis guineensis). Productivity can be enhanced using mechanical means for the removal of drudgery from the entire production processes.  As communities across the tropics continue working together as small holders and larger farms, the ability to adopt more mechanized systems of producing, protecting, and harvesting palm oil crops increases. Palm oil trees, being perennials, with dense vegetation, offer an amazing sink for Carbon [...]

Mechanization of Cassava Production Systems

Cassava, or manioc (Manihot esculenta ), is a root crop which, perhaps much to the surprise of folks outside the tropic regions of the world, accounts for approximately 30% of the planet’s production of root and tuber-based food crops; although there is a certain lack of mechanization of Cassava production.  This perennial woody shrub grows to a height between 1-3 meters in height, with palmate leaves and cone-shaped roots.  Starch is stored in the root, and covered with a [...]

Selecting the Right Fluids for Your Tractor and Attachments

Agricultural Equipment, from tractors through to the attachments they use have changed considerably over the last few decades, and fluids for your tractor too.  Driven by performance efficiency and the technology developed to improve it, as our tractors and equipment become more sophisticated, so do their requirements for maintenance and upkeep. Of all the considerations in this regard, fluids rank right near the top of things to consider.  Let's examine some of the highlights, and source out some great places [...]

Preventative Maintenance Spells Profit for Ag Machinery Owners

Farmers are skilled across many areas of business management; perhaps more so than just about any sector of an economy.  They manage people, finances, animals, land, the environment, and equipment.  As more agricultural machinery makes its way to developing countries around the world, it has become increasingly important to have an equally preventative maintenance, effective service and parts network follow it.  Over the past few decades, millions of dollars worth of equipment has made its way to fields and [...]

Tracking Weather for Farming Across the Sub-Tropics

Using the Cloud to Help Farmers make farming decisions Managing your farm carries a multitude of challenges…decision making in the sensitive environments of the tropics and sub-tropics adds another layer of things to consider.  Knowing your regional climate and local weather for farming can be crucial to protecting your crops and animals. Several organizations and groups are trying to step up to these challenges with tools that can be utilized by farmers across the equatorial belt to assist with short-term seasonal [...]

Compact and Sub-Compact Tractors Compared

Most agricultural tractors generally fit into one of several categories such as Utility, Row Crop, and Specialty.  In this article, I’ll break down what I call Utility Tractors, which can range from 20 hp-140 hp. Most manufacturers will place a tractor into a Utility class because, as the name suggests, they perform a variety of ‘uses’.  Often set up with a front end loader (typically able to be detached with relative ease), a brush hog, or a finishing mower attachment; [...]

Using Small Tractors to Improve Composting Systems in Communities

Composting systems for treatment of wood, fiber, food, animal, and other wastes is an important contributor to mitigating the negative effects of climate change.  By composting, we sequester more carbon to the soil, reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere by alternative waste management systems, and create a valuable soil conditioning amendment for use in food production. There are a few different methods used for composting, but it is fairly well established that using aerobic (presence of oxygen) [...]


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