Agricultural machinery refers to the various implements utilized in agricultural production.
At its core, essentially, agriculture relates to the cultivation and harvesting of plants in addition to the raising of domesticated animals as prospective food sources.
Furthermore, technically, contemporary agricultural equipment
is very similar to the basic functionality of instruments worked with several years ago.
The major difference between current and retrospective periods is, the development of agricultural equipment; resulting in much greater production, efficiency overall.
Tasks that once required several men, animals, and time, are now completed with a mere fraction of each (given the correct type of machinery.)
Also, with the evolution of innovative hand-held equipment like Stihl Chainsaws, farm-life grew increasingly more manageable as time went by.
Obviously, two of the greatest inventions in agricultural machinery, are the farm tractor and combine harvester (combine for short.)
The tractor greatly increased the rapidity with which one could till or seed a crop, while the combine raised the volume of production by 'combining' the three (3) main areas of harvesting:
(1) Reaping—the process of both chopping and collecting the grown plant food (e.g. oats, wheat, rye, barley, et cetera)
(2) Threshing—breaking-up the undesired portions of the plant (i.e. husks, fodder) from the edible seed/grain
(3) Winnowing—this final step eliminates the light, feathery material (chaff) from the entire gathering.
Without question, the modern combine is one of the biggest time-savers in the capacious field of agricultural equipment.
In conjunction with the combine, manufacturers focus on overall land maintenance capabilities as well.
Leading the way, John Deere develops some of the most highly regarded landscape equipment in the world.
Corresponding with its larger Utility Tractors, Deere & Company produces Lawn Tractors which are part of the total group of John Deere Lawn Mowers.
Furthermore, to further understand the modern climate, let's now analyze the most pertinent advancements in agricultural equipment...
The advent of the internal combustion engine offered unprecedented capability and upgraded the quality of agricultural equipment tremendously.
Due to this revolutionary invention, it was no longer necessary to manually source mechanical energy via human-labor.
Thus, gifted visionaries/engineers focused on the best practices in agriculture, agronomy to design equipment which could be
powered by the awe-inspiring engines.
Moreover, it was apparent that a single, well-made machine, would ultimately replace several men and farm animals (i.e.
horse, oxen, mules.)
So, with less animals, there would be much more land for crops since the need for pastures and herding grounds would decrease exponentially.
The economics of this epiphany led to heightened demand for internal combustion engines; and later, the 'machine-farmers' (tractors) therewith.
Essentially, all aspects of farming and cattle raising benefited from the internal combustion engine—impressively, it remains the chief component in agricultural machinery to-this-day!
Over time, engines became more compact, efficient, and reliable as break-throughs in Mechanical Engineering supported the ambitions of industry professionals.
Agricultural Machinery has evolved into a diverse, innovative sector which firmly challenges Construction Equipment for 'top-industry' accolades in regards to global demand.
In reality, it would be somewhat regressive to consider one without the other; however, agricultural equipment and agriculture in general is more necessary for the sustenance of humanity.
Additionally, agricultural equipment is pertinent to every stage of farming and makes each step easier and more efficient…
Initially, the unified process of crop production begins with correct preparation/cultivation of the land from which food will grow.
In the simplest application(s), soil cultivation relates to ground stirring/churning in order to prepare the area for seed plantation.
If one were to spread seed without first cultivating (tilling), the particles would be unable to penetrate the surface so-as-to sprout and take-root in the earth.
There are several implements which facilitate this critical procedure: Disk Harrows, Chisel Plows, Rotavators, Cultipackers, and others...
Furthermore, subsequent to land cultivation, is the planting action whereby the seed is buried at proper depths to maximize germination potential.
Depending on the specific variety being sown, 'planters' are employed to accurately complete the second phase of farming (e.g. Potato Planters, Seed Drills, Rice Planters, et cetera.)
Also, of course, once the seed has been thoroughly scattered, the necessity for consistent irrigation becomes paramount.
Perhaps, the most clever (and cost-effective) method is to initiate drip-irrigation throughout the crop of freshly inserted rows.
Drip-irrigation not only improves operational resources, but also maintains optimal water-flow to plant-life—allowing for sufficient absorption/consumption of liquid fertilizers.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to employ electric pumps to substantially distribute water over large areas of land.
Fortunately, we have dependable reserve energy equipment such as Champion Generators that can be sourced to deliver the requisite power to run the pumps (and countless other devices)...
Finally, harvesting is the ultimate pay-off for the diligent labor needed to successfully grow a crop from start-to-finish.
Again, the requisite harvesting equipment will vary in respect of the particular item being garnered.
As aforementioned, combines are the immense machines best suited for grain and cereal harvesting, while more specialized equipment is commissioned for sugar, rice, potatoes, cotton and-the-like.
Conclusively, agricultural machinery incorporates exhaustive components with which one can perform rigorous farming duties.
Fortunately, however, tasks that once were time-consuming, laborious can now be addressed relatively quickly—thanks-to the internal combustion engine and similar agricultural equipment advancements.
Even as the machinery has evolved considerably, the fundamental principles inherent to farming have remained consistent over many years.
Therefore, without sufficient knowledge/guidance, even the most well-equipped novice would be 'out-produced' by a seasoned veteran.
To further outline this subject, near the bottom of this page, we have included additional links to 'Specific Types of Agricultural Machinery'.
Separated by title, you will find targeted insight relative to the equipment detailed in the text of the applicable link.
At your convenience, feel free to take-a-look through the destinations and learn from them what you will.