Tractors of the future…

  • Driverless, low powered and narrow: these could all be features of the next generation

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    of tractors.

  • Semi-autonomous and autonomous tractors may mean that growers can have several units working around the clock, while smaller powered tractors with narrower implements may reduce compaction, increasing yields by 5-7%.
  • While the smaller engines may be less fuel efficient, this is likely to be offset by yieldgains.
  • Tractors are likely to be easier to service, and have a shorter service life which will mean options for recycling and upgrading to the latest technology will become more viable.

Government may wish to monitor new developments and balance potential fuel losses with yield gains. It may be beneficial to develop a position on new technologies and recommended those with greatest yield, low environmental impact, and low cost to farming communities.

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About Julia Chatterton

Systems modeller with a particular expertise in food, farming and agricultural systems. Working with life cycle assessment methods for over 4 years to assess and analyse the environmental burdens associated with food and other production systems.
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