Pioneer (Yorketown, SA : 1898 - 1954), Saturday 14 July 1923, page 2


Considerable interest is being evinced by farmers on Yorke Peninsula. and elsewhere, on the question of mechanical versos horse power for the efficient and economical cultivation of the land. It is becoming more generally recognised that the tractor of today is not an experiment, but holds out possibilities of not only doing the work much 'cheaper but of getting jt done quickly in its season, taking full advantage of weather conditions and giving the farmer more leisure and time to attend to other matters. The fact of farmers succeeding in the past with horses is all very well in its way, but up to a few years ago business generally was working more slowly, and everything was in rhyme with the times. Today, the the great industrial machine of the world has been accelerated, and as each industry works in conjunction with the othtr—each forming a link/ as it were, in a great chain—so, for j success, all must work together. There is no doubt, so far as farming is concerned, that the tractor is going to reduce the working cost of cultivation and harvesting considerably, and help in other ways to get a move on and succeed in keeping up with other industries. A very successful tractor demonstration was held on Wednesday, July 4, on the farm of Mr. W. J. Whittaker, Dowlingville, Y.P, by the International Harvester Co. with their latest production, the 15 x 30 h.p. McCormic-Deering. This tractor is the result of many years experience of tractor bnilding and the requirements of the agriculturist all over the world. It embodies all the latest features of construction and design for efficiently carrying oat the work of hauling the large and up-to-date farm machinery of the present day. Various large types of cultivating implements were used. They included a 12-fur. plough, 12-fur. cultivator, combined drill and cultivator, etc., all of which were worked with apparent ease, over ground varying from heavy clay, to sandy loam on the lidges. Although the land was a long way from being dry the amount of slip of the wheels of the tractor was negligible, and farmers generally expressed themselves as being highly pleased with the work that was done by the tractor.