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How Much Land Can a Tractor Plow in a Day?

If you are looking to start a farm or just want to plow your own backyard, you may have wondered how much land can a tractor plow in one day. 

The answer depends on the size of the tractor and its horsepower as well as what type of ground it is plowing. 

For example, if you were using an average sized garden tractor with about 10-15 horsepower and it was going over dirt ground, then this particular machine would be able to plow about 8 acres per day! 

If that’s not enough for you though, there are bigger tractors with up to 100+ horsepower that could easily do twice as much.

It’s important to know how much land your tractor can plow in a day. 

Tractors are not created equal and some might be able to cover more ground than others. 

This blog post will go over the average amount of acres that tractors can plow per day, as well as how many hours they take to do so. 

You won’t want to miss this! 

What is a tractor and what does it do

Tractors have come a long way, I mean look at how far we have gotten with efficiency. 

Now, tractors are powerful and versatile machines that can do anything on the farm.

Horses do a lot of hard work but they can’t plow, pull hay wagons or harvest crops. 

That’s where the tractor comes in!

Even though tractors have changed a lot, what hasn’t changed is the basic concept of how they work. 

In fact, the same principles that made the first tractors work still apply today.

A tractor is an engine-powered machine that assists with farming and other tasks such as snow removal if it has been fitted for winter conditions. 

It’s a vehicle that has two or more wheels and tows farming equipment. 

The word “tractor” comes from the Latin verb trahere which means “to pull.” 

Farmers use tractors for pulling heavy loads of hay bales in order to feed their animals during winter months when there isn’t enough pasture grass available.

It can perform many different jobs on its own: 

  1. till the soil; 
  2. plant seeds by setting out rows before planting to seed broadcast (evenly) or drill seeding which plants individual seeds into hole drilled in ground; 
  3. spray herbicide, insecticide, fungicide etc.; 
  4. pick fruit from trees
  5. spread manure and fertilizer using pivot arms that swing over land to distribute material over area being cultivated (broadcast); 
  6. harvests crops like wheat, corn rice, soybeans, sugar cane, vegetables etc.; and much more!

Tractors are most commonly used on large farms where they can cultivate hundreds of acres. 

They make the work easier for humans because tractors offer an even distribution of crops over land to avoid unevenness that occurs when cultivating by hand; unlike people who tire easily from repetitive tilling or weeding tasks. 

Tractors also do not get tired so it is possible that they will work all day without issue as long as fuel is supplied. 

In addition, the reason why I really love modern tractors so much is the automatic steering feature, which lets operators focus on operating the vehicle while the tractor follows a predetermined row pattern automatically.

The use of GPS technology has allowed precision farming which enables farmers to increase crop yields and reduce input costs.

What types of tractors are there? 

Across the years, I have watched the number of tractors slowly grow year after year. 

Be it a commercial farmer, small acreage farmer, or just someone looking to get out and clear away some brush, there are actually a lot of different tractors out there to choose from.

From small models, like garden tractors, to larger machines that perform heavy work, like hay balers. 

But what types of tractors are there? 

How many types of tractors are there? 

Here is a list of the top 8 types of tractors you’ll find at tractor supply stores:

  • Earth-moving tractors – are the largest and most powerful of all types, designed for heavy duty work in tough conditions. 
  • Garden tractors – are smaller than earth-movers and have been specially developed to handle lighter jobs such as ploughing, planting or mowing an allotment plot – though they can also be used on larger farms too. 
  • Implement carrier tractors – are narrower still and not so well suited for agricultural tasks like tilling fields but instead transport implements such as large spades or discs from one place to another on a farm with their wheels removed – known as “pulling” them. 
  • Industrial type tractors – may differ again since these were originally designed for use by factories who needed a large and powerful machine to move heavy loads. This type of tractor is seen less often now in the UK, but still on farms outside Europe they are indispensable for tasks such as threshing oats or maize. 
  • Orchard tractors – have a front loader mounted at the front which can be used for many different jobs including ploughing ground before seeding and hoeing weeds away from trees after harvesting time has passed – though these types of machines don’t usually match up to earth-moving models when it comes to sheer strength. 
  • Rotary tillers – are again designed primarily for smaller agricultural work like tilling soil or mowing grass around fruit bushes – maybe because their engine size limits them too much! 
  • Row crop tractors – tend to be small so they can manoeuvre easily in the fields, but they are often still powerful enough for heavy work like ploughing or harrowing.
  • Utility tractors – are used in a wide variety of applications such as farming, forestry, landscaping and golf course maintenance. They are general-purpose with a hitch so they can attach to implements like plows, disk harrows, mowers or pallet forks.

How many acres can a tractor plow in one day

For any new lawn you want the least amount of effort. 

A tractor is strong and powerful and can work even the harshest ground to perfection. 

I would recommend that the power tool you choose to plow must be reliable, dependable and efficient.

When it comes to the size of your tractor, you need to be aware that they are not all created equal.

For instance, a 15 horsepower tractor will plow 8 acres in a day, while a Case IH Quadtrac 620hp with a minimum plowing depth of 27 cm​ ploughs 11.7ha or 29 acres/hr. This does not take into account the time for refueling and maintenance.

More powerful tractors can help you work on even more land. Challenger MT775, can cultivate an astonishing 150 acres of land in a single day.

The average is about 15 acres per day with a large range from as little as five up to 100+ horsepower. 

This varies depending on the terrain and difficulty of land you’re plowing.  

Some are more powerful than others so it is important to know what your needs are.

You can always find a tractor that will fit right for you!  

The price of tractors varies based on the size and power, so it’s important to do your research before buying one.

Benefits of using tractors to plow land

I had thought before for the new homeowner, plowing can be a super annoying task.

Well, plowing can sure be a daunting task to a new homeowner when you do not know what you are doing.

However, tractors can have many advantages over the traditional method of plowing depending on how well this task is done.

The benefits of using a tractor to plow your land are plenty, but here are a few:

  • increased productivity
  • reduced labor
  • less soil compaction
  • higher ground cover rates

Negatives of using tractors to plow land

Being a successful farmer used to be all about handwork.

The tractor is a great invention for many reasons, but it does take away from the hand work that was once vital in farming.

For many, using tractors to plow their lands is the most efficient way to do their job, as these highly-fuel-efficient machines can be easily used to cut through heavy soil and push over any obstructions in the way.

While this is a great way to get the job done, it does present its own set of problems as well.

Some of the challenges include:

  • maintenance on the tractor
  • increased dependency on fossil fuels
  • higher costs for fuel and repairs
  • less hand labor, so no income for laborers

Tips for proper use of a tractor when plowing land

It is a common misconception that a tractor can plow soil to the same depth as an earth-moving machine. 

Tractors are designed for shallow soil.

But in that case it is important to go over the land multiple times with a regular tiller or rotary hoe between each pass of the tractor.

If you have any obstructions like rocks, trees or shrubs in the soil, it is best to use a regular garden hoe and weed whip or just hire someone with experience on how to handle that situation.

When you are finished plowing your land, make sure that you take care of any obstructions before leaving for the day. 

Otherwise, when heavy rains come they will wash soil away and you will be left with an uneven soil surface.

The most important thing to note is that the best time for plowing soil or land is in heavy rain when it’s still wet and loose, because soil particles absorb water more easily at this stage of their life cycle.

Ultimately, your goal should be to have a smooth level area without any divots.

What not to use a tractor for

While farming is a wonderful industry and can provide for a lot of people with different jobs, there are some things that tractors should not be used for.

It is best to use regular garden hoe and weed whip or just hire someone who has experience on how to handle the situation when you are finished plowing your land.

Otherwise, when heavy rains come they will wash away your plowing work and turn it into a muddy mess.

In addition, tractors are not designed for small jobs like weeding or thinning at the end of the year to control weeds that grow in between rows of crops. The machine’s weight is too much for these types of tasks; this will cause more damage than good when using a machine designed for heavier tasks.

So, what should a tractor be used for? Tractors are not at all meant to go through mud or tough terrains that regular vehicles would have trouble in; this will cause the machine to overheat and break down. A good example of where you might use your tractor is on land with large rocks. If you have a field with large rocks that cannot be removed, then your tractor is the machine for the job.

A very important aspect of using any machine in agriculture or landscaping is safety and what not to do when operating such equipment. Tractors are heavy machines; they can cause serious injury if operated improperly by inexperienced operators who are not knowledgeable of machine safety.

  • do not carry passengers on the machine
  • ensure that children are always kept away from the machine and its working parts
  • close all gates behind you to avoid any possible accidents by animals or people who might approach the tractor
  • never use a machine when it is raining, snowing, covered in dust or anything of the sort.
  • always wear protective clothing when operating a machine, including gloves and safety goggles
  • operate the machine at slower speeds until you feel confident with its operation


Whether you’re farming a hundred acres or 10,000, knowing how much land your tractor can plow in one day will help ensure that you have enough time to get the job done. 

We know this is important because we understand that every farm has different needs and constraints when it comes to planting season. 

Tractors can plow a significant amount of land in one day. 

However, it is important to note that how much land an individual tractor will be able to plow depends on the size and type of tractor as well as the terrain being tilled. 

For example, if your property’s soil has a high clay content or contains large stones (or other obstacles), you may have trouble achieving maximum productivity with just one small-scale tractor like a John Deere. 

In this case, renting or purchasing two smaller tractors would allow for faster production than using only one larger model.

Zebedee Nambaleo
Zebedee Nambaleo

Zebedee is the founder of RealEstate Ke. He creates content by carefully examining and analyzing the real estate market, home improvement resources, and government data. His analysis is based on the principle of supplying high-quality, relevant, and in-depth information to his audience. By evaluating the current conditions and predicting future trends, he provides his audience with invaluable insights that allow them to make better decisions.