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There is a long history of agricultural mechanization that has been human and animal powered rather than engine powered. The difference in scale is quite staggering and is a measure of the economic gulf between the rich and the poor on this planet. For example, an average horse plowing the soil at an average rate will perform work at a rate of one horsepower (hp). In contrast, a 100 hp (75 kW) tractor could work (e.g. plowing the soil) at a rate one hundred times faster than the horse.
Ferguson developed a hydraulically activated three-point hitch to which implements could be attached and which could lift and lower implements to the required working position. Ferguson also developed automatic control systems (draft, position) which greatly enhanced the performance of the equipment. Draft control is a system whereby the drawbar pull can be maintained at a constant level by automatically adjusting the position of the implement (e.g. plow) in response to variations in draft (e.g. soil resistance).

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There is a long history of agricultural mechanization that has been human and animal powered rather than engine powered. The difference in scale is quite staggering and is a measure of the economic gulf between the rich and the poor on this planet. For example, an average horse plowing the soil at an average rate will perform work at a rate of one horsepower (hp). In contrast, a 100 hp (75 kW) tractor could work (e.g. plowing the soil) at a rate one hundred times faster than the horse.
Ferguson developed a hydraulically activated three-point hitch to which implements could be attached and which could lift and lower implements to the required working position. Ferguson also developed automatic control systems (draft, position) which greatly enhanced the performance of the equipment. Draft control is a system whereby the drawbar pull can be maintained at a constant level by automatically adjusting the position of the implement (e.g. plow) in response to variations in draft (e.g. soil resistance).

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