Hydraulically controlled disc gangs slice and cut crop residue and mix the soil; spring-reset shanks provide additional tillage, working in most soil conditions. The specially designed wheels on the Mulch Treader attachment invert weeds, incorporate chemicals and level the soil. Finishing attachments include a three-row tine harrow, followed by a rolling basket for added leveling and smoothing.

Not to be confused with an air guitar, this drill sows seeds in the ground.

This is not an app for your phone or tablet! This sprayer applies chemicals to your crops.

A big pipe that sucks up grain from a truck and drops it into storage bins. It’s a lot like a non-flexible vacuum hose.

Any attachment that removes earth by means of pulling the bucket back toward the operator. It is commonly used to refer to any machine with a backhoe attachment. Think garden hoe, but on a much larger scale.

Pulled behind any square baler to collect hay bales as they are made. Can be utilized behind conventional tractor-driven square baling equipment or utilized behind a horse-drawn baler (motorized or ground driven).

Not a place to lay your head at night, this flatbed trailer is used for carrying hay bales.

Produces a bale of hay with a round face. Large round bales with diameters of 4, 5, or 6 feet and widths of 4 or 5 feet can contain between 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of hay and are too heavy to handle manually.

Produces a bale of hay in a rectangular shape. Balers collect hay after it has dried in the field, compact it into square bales, tie the bales together with twine and eject them one by one onto the ground for collection or transportation.

Not your typical Radio Flyer, this wagon automates the pickup, gathering, stacking, transporting and unloading of hay bales.

Cat Woman has nothing on this mower, a large cutting deck mower that folds narrowly for ease of transport.

Not used for carrying girls in frilly dresses, this buggy is towed behind a tractor and sprays the weeds with sprayers.

Attaches to the tractor and mows with an extended arm.

Pretty self-explanatory, this is an attachment for a loader that can scoop or dump whatever you need scooped or dumped!

This piece of equipment is serious and that’s no bull…A powerful crawler (caterpillar-tracked tractor) equipped with a blade. The term “bulldozer” is often used to mean any heavy engineering vehicle, but precisely, the term refers only to a tractor (usually tracked) fitted with a dozer blade.

Enclosed area around tractor operator that offers weather protection. This doesn’t drive in the city or collect fares from tourists.

Not to be confused with the appetizer canapé served with cocktails, a canopy is a covered area over tractor operator that offers weather protection.

Produces silage and stores the product in bags. Imagine going to the grocery store and coming out with a bag of chopped up lettuce and corn in a bag!

A machine that grinds timber and produced wood chips. It could be used to make ice chips for a cocktail, but that may be overkill!

Plows which loosen and aerate the soil while leaving crop residue at the top of the soil. Big bear type claws loosen up the dirt.

Not to be confused with your favorite motorcycle, this cuts rows of corn or forage. It can also cut, chop and throw the corn silage into a truck at the rate of three tons per minute.

Self-propelled machine that harvests, threshes, and cleans grain plants. The desired result is the seed (such as canola or flax) or grain (such as oats, wheat, or rye); a by-product is loose straw, the remaining husk of the plant with all nutrients removed. It has various attachments called headers designed for use in harvesting specific crops.

The corn head is equipped with snap rolls that strip the stalk and leaf away from the ear, so that only the ear (and husk) enter the throat of the platform. The corn head can be recognized by the presence of points between each row. It cannot be worn as a cheese head while in Wisconsin.

Machine for chopping out young cotton plants to a hoe’s width when they first come up.

Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute! You don’t know what this is? It’s a self-propelled machine that removes cotton lint and seed (seed-cotton) from the plant at up to six rows at a time. It can be either the "stripper" or "spindle" picker. A stripper picker removes the lint and plant. A spindle picker rotates rows of barbed spindles at high speeds to just remove the seed.

Take a metal circle, sharpen the outside edge, then crimp the edges. Ta-da! A vertically mounted knife-like blade!

Let ‘er rip! A subsoiler that slices up the longer pieces of residue while the shanks shatter the soil. The coulters don't bury the residue. They leave the residue on the surface where it can protect the soil from wind erosion.

Picture a Transformer on wheels with metal arms that spray pesticides onto crops.

No surprise here! A crumbler does just that! Designed for use with primary tillage tools, the crumbler helps you prepare harvested fields for higher yields next fall by breaking clods to create uniform soil surface, pushing soil and root crowns into open "holes," leveling and firming soil surface, and flattening residue to help protect soil from erosion.

Cultimulchers, also called roller harrows, cultipackers, soil pulverizers, and corrugated rollers, are used to crush clods and firm the soil surface, leveling and firming freshly plowed soil, and leaving the ground ready to plant.

Crushes dirt clods, removes air pockets, and presses down small stones, forming a smooth, firm seedbed. Where seed has been distributed, the roller gently firms the soil around the seeds, ensuring shallow seed placement and excellent seed-to-soil contact. Picture your grandmother’s hair rollers, enlarged astronomically and made out of iron.

Used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration, weed control, and conservation of moisture). Imagine metal arrows being pulled through soil.

Just like a dust pan in the kitchen, but much larger. This is a scoop that attaches to a three-point hitch and is used to scoop, lift and move soil.

Pulled behind a tractor to prepare soil by cutting up vegetative matter in fields. It is used in preparation of field prior to planting and it keeps weeds under control. It doesn’t play music or movies, but it’s the same shape, only larger and made of iron.

Used for cutting hay, with its small, replaceable, free-swinging knives on whirling discs.

Used for stirring and pulverizing the soil, either before planting or to remove weeds and to aerate and loosen the soil after the crop has begun to grow.

Cuts the grass by high rotation speed (3000 rpm) of the cutting edge.

Used to break up or till the compacted soil below the depth reached by conventional cultivation, therefore improving drainage and aeration.

Powerful crawler (caterpillar-tracked tractor) equipped with a blade. The term “bulldozer” is often used to mean any heavy engineering vehicle, but precisely, the term refers only to a tractor (usually tracked) fitted with a dozer blade.

Primarily used to harvest small grains, such as wheat, oats, barley, rice and canola. The word “draper” refers to the conveyor belt that brings cut material to the center of the header platform, where it is fed into the combine.

Pulled behind a tractor, used for seeding to plant wheat and other small seed crops. It makes a long groove in the soil, drops the seeds into it and then covers and firms the soil above the seed.

You see these on the highway all the time, pulled behind a semi-truck. It’s a big, big enclosed trailer which protects goods from extreme conditions.

What it sounds like! Double tires on an axle for trailers or equipment.

Historically used to move people or freight from the bottom to the top of tall buildings. But this elevator is used to move items like hay bales to be stored in the hayloft or shed.

A trailer with sides and a roof. Like a dry van but smaller.

360-degree excavator or digger, sometimes abbreviated simply to a 360, is an engineering vehicle consisting of a backhoe and cab mounted on a pivot (a rotating platform, like a Lazy Susan) atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. Note: the term excavator is sometimes used as a general term for any piece of digging equipment. Tracked excavators are sometimes called trackhoes.

Imagine an oversized dog bowl that stays full all the time. This is a feeder, but it’s full of livestock feed.

Used to transport and spread fertilizer with its high-pressure spinners.

Hydraulically controlled disc gangs slice and cut crop residue and mix the soil; spring-reset shanks provide additional tillage, working in most soil conditions. The specially designed wheels on the Mulch Treader attachment invert weeds, incorporate chemicals and level the soil. Finishing attachments include a three-row tine harrow, followed by a rolling basket for added leveling and smoothing.

4 Axle: Imagine a wagon with no sides and 16 wheels. Got it?

Type of header used in harvesting several different crops, such as soybeans and cereal crops.

Plant leaves and stems eaten by livestock.

A large machine that moves through the field collecting the standing corn crop, chops it into small pieces and then blows the forage into wagons or trucks.

Harvests plant leaves and stems to make silage.

Used to haul and unload silage into a silo.

You may have seen this in a warehouse. It’s similar to the utensil used at dinnertime, but much larger and used for lifting loads like pallets.

A vehicle with a drivetrain that allows all four wheels to receive power simultaneously. It is useful in extreme conditions, such as snow or mud.

A type of dump truck that has no frame but uses a platform to support its weight and cargo.

Drop deck trailer with a long narrow neck whose geometry permits the trailer to pivot without striking the truck.

Drop deck trailer with a long narrow neck whose geometry permits the horse trailer to pivot without striking the truck.

Drop deck trailer with a long narrow neck whose geometry permits the livestock trailer to pivot without striking the truck.

Used to transfer grain from a combine then transport the grain to the storage facility.

Used to sow seeds in well-spaced rows at specific depths.

The grain head, sometimes called a grain platform (or platform header), is equipped with a sickle bar mower, and features a revolving reel with metal or plastic teeth to cause the cut crop to fall into the head. A cross auger then pulls the crop into the throat. The grain head is used for many crops, including grain, legumes, and many seed crops.

It is a high clearance vehicle with a high center of gravity for use on steep inclines and rough terrain. The grape harvester drives in between the rows of vines, shaking each vine so the bunches of grapes fall off.

Used to grind conventional square hay or straw bales into feed.

A general term for a dense layer of soil found below the uppermost layer of topsoil.

A heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground. (Spike or Drag Harrow: Breaks up clods of soil that are left by other tillage equipment such as the disk harrow or plough.)

This is an attachment used to transport hay bales. Think of heavy spears thrown at targets but instead attached to a tractor and then pushed into a hay bale to move it.

A piece of equipment pulled behind a tractor to cut hay with grooved rollers.

Merges together windrows of cut hay to enable the forage harvester to run at its optimum capacity at all times

Used to put cut hay into rows so the baler can come and pick it up later. It is also designed to fluff up the hay and turn it over so that it can dry out more quickly.

Used after cutting but before windrowing. It allows the hay to dry or cure better.

A standard tractor which has been elevated to give more clearance over advanced stage crops for spraying or fertilizing. Think a tractor on stilts.

A chute with additional width and depth for temporary storage.

Allows you to move dirt, level land, dig and fill holes, clear areas and drain or fill low spots.

A steel top table that lifts and lowers heavy cargo for easy lifting, positioning, loading and unloading.

A loader, also called a front loader, front-end loader, bucket loader, scoop loader or shovel, is a type of tractor that uses a wide square tilting bucket on the end of movable arms to lift and move material.

An attachment designed to lift material. It generally consists of bucket, linkage, and boom arms. The term also refers to either a wheel loader or a backhoe.

A nice name for a wagon that drops manure on your field.

Yep, just what it is. Tank to hold manure.

Machine used in the harvesting and processing of cotton. Allows cotton to be harvested and compressed in the field. The modules are then loaded onto trucks and transported to a cotton gin for processing.

Dirt, waste or manure.

An attachment with fork-like teeth and curved tines on the underside that work together to grab, scoop, and dischage muck.

A wheeled tractor with a higher crop clearance than standard tractors.

Designed to plant seed and spread fertilizer in one operation which folds for easier transport.

Drill to manage residue and place seed directly into unplowed soil. Just like shaving, it leaves no stubble behind.

Single front gang with single rear gang. Concave face of gang discs face opposite directions.

A naked tractor with no top and no safety protection.

An excavating machine with a large scoop in front.

Similar to sitting at a bar and getting hit on by an attractive guy…used to pick up crops that have already been cut and places in windrows.

The planter, pulled behind a tractor, is used to seed coarser grain seeds such as corn, soybeans, and sunflowers. Planters have individual seed boxes, one for each row the planter will plant. Planters are often designed as 6-row or 12-row.

A device pulled behind a bulldozer that basically rips or pulls up the ground.

Yep, it picks up rocks!

Roll Over Protection Structure – a structure which is designed to protect the operator of the vehicle. Referred to as a rollbar in race cars!

Cutter used to mow heavy grass, tall weeds, light brush and effortlessly shred corn stalks and other crop residue.

A piece of heavy equipment used for earth moving. The rear part has a vertically moveable hopper with a sharp horizontal front edge. The scraper transports its load to the fill area where the blade is raised, the back panel of the hopper is hydraulically pushed forward and the soil load tumbles out. Then the empty scraper returns to the cut site and repeats the cycle.

A forage harvester (also known as a silage harvester) creates silage. A self-propelled model drives on its own, it doesn’t need to be pulled by a tractor.

A self-propelled windrower cuts hay, breaks it up and lays it on the ground in windrows so that the hay can dry quickly.

That was my grandfather’s name. Oh no, that was Silas. Silage is grass or corn that has been chopped into small pieces and compacted together in a storage silo to provide feed for cattle.

A rigid framed, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments, such as a backhoe, auger, or wood chipper.

Like hair conditioner for the soil, this is a product added to the soil that improves the quality and usability of the soil, such as straw, sulfur or compost.

Grades and levels dirt to be free of debris and be ready for seed or sod.

An implement that consists of a row of coulters in the front and a chisel plow in the back, which together till the soil efficiently.

Originally designed to flatten and drop corn stalks to crimp. It chops entire stalks of corn into small pieces. The result is feed for farmyard animals.

A power tool that removes tree stumps by means of a rotating cutting disc that chips away the wood.

Rips or cuts through the heaviest compaction to shatter hardpan.

Cuts hay or small grain crops and forms them into a windrow.

Similar in appearance and function to a forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic boom that can extend forward and upward from the vehicle. On the end of the boom the operator can attach one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or lift table.

Beware of alligators! This multi-purpose low ground pressure self-propelled unit for spraying and spreading liquid and solid manure and fertilizer has bite!

Not just for cocktails, a mixer can help out on the farm as well. Total Mixed Ration (TMR) is all forages, grains and supplements mixed together into a homogenous mixture prior to feeding. These are used on most modern dairy operations.

Just like the mailman can deliver in snow, sleet and rain, the track loader can work productively in ground conditions such as sand, sloped terrain, mud, snow and sensitive turf where wheeled machines might not work at all. Compact track loaders (or multi-terrain loaders) are essential machines for landscaping.

Imagine a large, stretchy metal watch bang. If that was made of rubber and enlarged 1,000 times and put it on tractor wheels front to back. Now you have tracks! You might have seen them before on a tank.

Heavy equipment that consists of a tractor fitted with a shovel or bucket on the front and a small backhoe on the back. It is the most common variation of the classic farm tractor, also called a backhoe loader.

Not to be confused with your kiddo’s Little Tikes, this tractor has one single wheel in the front or two double wheels that sit close together.

They say two is better than one. Well three is better than two! This is a set of three tires on one axle.

Just like a car without front wheel drive. The drivetrain allows two wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously.

A non-licensed motorized vehicle used in the conveyance of people and/or materials.

Remember raking leaves and arranging them into long rows. This is the same idea, a row of cut/mowed hay or crops.

Heavy metal rings pulled over a seedbed to press the seeds down into the ground.