Valdosta - A South Georgia student is helping farmers be more efficient in the fields.
Lowndes High Senior Erica Giles won first place in the Future Farmers of America’s Regional Agriscience Competition with her experiment on hydrostatic tractors. She compared a gear drive tractor to a hydrostatic one with the same horsepower to see which one was more efficient.
A lot of farmer’s prefer gear drives, but Erica’s study showed that hydrostatics are more efficient in mowing, discing, and load moving.
"I thought it would be interesting, nobody in the industry has done any tests on this, I’m the first one as far as a comparison, they make the tractors but they don’t actually compare them," said Giles.
Erica will compete in the state FFA Agriscience competition in Macon in April.