by Monika Levkin, researcher at the Estonian Agricultural Museum. EPM TAe 94 This tractor was built by Kaino Kriit in the early 1990s. Kaino worked as a tractor driver himself, he could also weld, and as a technically talented man began trying to build a garden tractor. The frame and axles were acquired at minimal… Continue reading Home-built agricultural machines in Estonia during the Soviet era (1945-1991)
Until the second half of the 19th century, agriculture in Ireland was barely mechanised. As a result, the increase in yields associated with this process was unable to remedy the catastrophe of the Great Famine. It was only when the rural population was bled dry by starvation and emigration that the mechanisation of agriculture was… Continue reading Agricultural Engineering with Irish Roots
by Albert Kühnstetter The jeep in agricultural engineering after World War 2 – developments derived from it. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, and in the weeks and months that followed, many Jeeps landed on the European continent. The Jeep was the prototype of the off-road vehicle par excellence – a comparatively high speed on the… Continue reading Risen from the Ruins with All-Wheel Drive – The Jeep in Agriculture
Tractor. What comes to mind? Do you immediately conjure an image of a four-wheeled vehicle hitched to a plow? Do you picture a particular manufacturer? Think about horsepower? Link internal combustion engines to fossil-fuel consumption? Wonder about tractors in relation to organic agriculture? Ponder autonomous tractor use in agriculture? Think about the business of manufacturing… Continue reading What comes to mind when you hear the word “tractor”?
At heart, I always have and always will be an agricultural horseman. Yet, about 1965 I first learned to drive on a Ferguson “Little Grey Fergie” TE20 tractor, in effect, possibly the greatest enemy of the agricultural horse in the United Kingdom. From there, I moved on to such as Massey Ferguson 65, 135, 165… Continue reading Working with the “enemy”, a horseman’s thoughts on tractors.
The arrival of the first tractor onto a farm was an important turning point in the history of any property. On a family farm it was the passing of an era involving the farm’s usually much-loved draft horses being set aside for a machine. On some small farms it was only once the draft horse… Continue reading Tocal’s first tractor
1. Probably Bronisława Pestkówna on the Ursus C-45 tractor, field of State Agricultural Farms in the Gdańsk district, second half of the 1940s. From the collection of the Archives of the Museum in Szreniawa The collection of the National Museum of Agriculture in Szreniawa includes 35 tractors. These are machines manufactured by the following companies:… Continue reading “Women on Tractors!” A few reflections on women and their “steel steeds” in post-war Polish agriculture