ABT 49, "Field Equipment Operation" (aka Tractor Driving), is a classic UC Davis course offered every fall and spring quarter. It is taught at the Western Center for Agricultural Equipment (WCAE) and is 2 P/NP units.

Jonathan ready to operate the 2010

During the course, you'll get to drive quite a few tractors, from rustic John Deeres to modern models with air conditioning. You'll learn how to hitch up and operate various implements such as:

  • Spring-tooth harrow
  • Moldboard plow
  • Disc
  • Lister
  • Bedder
  • Ringroller
  • Land plane
  • Mower

You'll also learn how to calibrate seeders/fertilizers, perform basic tractor maintenance, and move large piles of dirt with a front loader.