Which manufacturer to launch the first electric tractor


Arable Farmer
Maybe hydrogen powered tractors are going to be a more practical solution. I understand that the transport industry think hydrogen will be more practical than electrical power.


Bury St Edmunds
The very first tractors were electric powered ranging from the 1880’s Zimmerman tractor to the 1920’s Major Mcdowalls 12.5 hp Scottish model. More recently Allis Chalmers made an experimental fuel cell model.
The Russians did though probably have the only real attempt in the1950’s . They are believed to have produced up to 300 wheeled and tracked models before giving up
There is little new 😀


Hydrogen is far too inefficient, you lose 3/4 of the energy making the hydrogen, compressing it and then getting back to electricity. Worst case with batteries is 1/4 loss.
That may well be true but the battery required to power a 200 hp tractor for 8 hours isnt available atm, if the tech changes perhaps or just stay as we are with diesel
Rather than being solely electric it's more likely to be an alternative fuel possibly even running some kind of generator to charge batteries so it'll be a hybrid of some description. Cnh or agco be my guess for first.

Early moves to target wild oats

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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.


Miss Wood urges...