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For Midwestern farmers, older tractors beat new, higher-tech versions

New ones feature helpful tech, but they're also expensive

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Guy Martin and JCB set new tractor speed record at 103.6 mph

It was a 'proper job with some right proper engineers'

It was a "proper job with some right proper engineers."

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Porsche tractors take the track at Laguna Seca

The inaugural event was won by professional racer Patrick Long

The inaugural event was won by professional racer Patrick Long.

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‘Top Gear’ sets world record speed of 87 mph — on a tractor

It’s still a lot slower than the new Honda mower, which goes 134 mph

Today in silly automotive stunts comes news that there's a new world record for fastest modified farm tractor. It comes courtesy of the folks on BBC's "Top Gear"; the actual show airs Sunday on BBC 2.

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Autonomous Tractor Concept from CHN Industrial | Autoblog Minute

This driverless tractor concept tech could be the future of farming.

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Tractors have the edge in autonomous tech over cars, for now

Autonomous technology will boost productivity.

Fully autonomous tractors could be here before driverless cars.

Farmer moves illegally parked car with tractor

Bad parking in London can get you a ticket or the boot, but bad parking in the West Country is treated in a more direct manner.

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How a series of bad choices led to the collapse of this historic bridge

A truck driver attempted to cross a historic bridge in Indiana on Christmas Day only to find a 136-year-old bridge that was no match for her 21.5-ton truck.

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Pininfarina designed this sleek Zetor tractor

Czech agricultural equipment manufacturer Zetor has brought Pininfarina on board to design its new modular tractor family, and has presented the rather striking results in Germany this week.

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Scottish dog drives tractor into traffic, thinks he's people

A dog in Glasgow, Scotland, somehow took control of a tractor and drove it onto the freeway. No one, including the canine, was harmed in the bizarre incident.

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Rally champ Juha Kankkunen sets tractor speed record

Ever wonder how fast a tractor could go? Well, this video will show that it's they can move a lot faster than you'd ever think.

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Tractor Girl reaches South Pole after five-year expedition [w/videos]

Meet Manon Osservoort. She's a theater actress from the Netherlands, but she's better know as Tractor Girl. That's because she's undertaken an epic transcontinental journey in an agricultural tractor that started out in Holland five years ago and just ended at the South Pole.

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Hot rod tractor stars in Swedish version of Farmkhana

The Nordic countries are known for their beautiful fjords, blonde-haired populace and bitter cold for a good portion of the year. The hours spent indoors during the dark, cold season apparently gives a lot of time for some crazy brainstorming. Tire store chain Vianor is highlighting the Traktor Terror in a new video. If Ken Block is the master of Gymkhana, then these guys know all about Far

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John Deere announces second big round of layoffs

Farm and heavy equipment manufacturer Deere – of John Deere tractor fame – has announced that it will indefinitely layoff some 460 workers at its Waterloo, IA facility, effective as of October 20.

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MTT-136 treaded electric sled is far more awesome than its name

Quebec may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to building motorized vehicles, particularly in comparison to its neighboring province of Ontario. But French Canada has given us some rather interesting modes of transportation, from the Bombardier Ski-Doo and Can-Am Spyder to the Campagna T-Rex and Noah Joseph

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Watch these hyper-realistic R/C tractors farm a mini field

As a teenager, I was obsessed with radio-controlled cars, which led to my purchase of a Team Associated RC10T3 and a Team Losi XXX buggy (remember those?). The fun of owning them was their ability to drive over almost any surface and, crucially, launch off jumps to dizzying heights. But apparently there's a crowd of R/C enthusiasts who prefer fully functioning radio-controlled tractors that can plow fields.

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Jay Leno's Garage gets agrarian with Lamborghini tractor

Stepping away from the trendy and arcane, the next guest in Jay Leno's Garage is a 1968-69 Lamborghini R485 tractor. In case there's anyone who doesn't know, the same Ferruccio Lamborghini ultimately responsible for giving us the Aventador started off making tractors in his native Italy after World War II.

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VT farmer goes on rampage, crushes 7 police vehicles with tractor [w/video]

As you can see from the screenshot above, the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Vermont did not have a good Thursday. At 12:40 pm yesterday, they received a 911 call that a tractor was running over police cruisers. The location of the crime? Their very own sheriff's barracks! The man behind the wheel of the tractor has been identified as Roger Pion, a Newport, VT farmer who was reportedly angry over a previous arrest for a minor violation.

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GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tractor tires

Farming is one of the most difficult ways to earn a living. You'd think that with all the innovations mankind has developed over the centuries, we could make farmers' lives easier. But as it turns out, sometimes miracles of modern science make things tougher. Literally.

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