7 Modern Farming Equipment Commonly Used in Modern Agriculture
From the beginning of agricultural history simple tools such as sticks and stones were used, and in the Bronze Age man began to make metal tools. After the Industrial Revolution, the age of steam came, and agricultural machinery using steam as a power source, for example, reaper (replaced by the stripper and reaper-binder) and threshing machine (replaced by the combine harvester), are already obsolete. Today, with the development of technology, equipment such as Potato Harvester, Plough, Carrot Harvest, Seeder and Sprayer and so on are our essential modern farming equipments.
Making it easy for farmers
In ancient times, repetitive and tedious tasks were performed throughout crop production, and all agricultural activities took a great deal of time for little return to the farmer. With the integration of innovative technologies, repetitive tasks that used to take days to complete can be easily accomplished in a few hours by using modern farming techniques. Both time is saved and the workload of the farmer is reduced, and the farmer can expand production into other productive work. Farmers can also invest the money saved on labor to maintain the machines, thus speeding up production.
As farmers use scientific machinery in their farms, this provides more suitable farming methods and efficient farming practices, which produce quality products and increase productivity. Through mechanization, all tasks on the farm become effective and efficient, costs are reduced and there is an inverse relationship between price and demand, so the price of the product automatically increases with the quality of the product.
Automatic in-row weeder
As farmers know, weeding is an important part of ensuring a good crop is maintained. Leaving your fields full will allow weeds and invasive species to choke out your cash crop and leave farmers with only a few pennies on the dollar. Pesticides and herbicides are common, but many of them can raise questions about the harmful chemicals hidden within them. Weeders produce weeds efficiently and quickly without damaging crops or producing toxic chemicals, making them the most suitable equipment for work on large acreages and high yield needs. Mechanical weeding is best suited for crops that are transplanted in straight rows. This method requires less time and labor costs than manual weeding. Make sure there is adequate soil moisture before weeding. It may be difficult to use a weeder when the soil is too dry. Pass the weeder from row to row. This will bury the weeds and cut off the root system, killing the weeds before they can re-establish.
In case you didn't know, olives grow on trees, which also makes them difficult to pick. Until recently, many workers hand-picked the small oily fruits in a painstaking process. Now, farmers use olive harvesters to shake the trees to release the olives, which are then collected in a centralized location. In a mechanized operation, the first step is to place the netting under the trees to be harvested. Once the nets are placed, the tractor with the vibrating device starts at one end of the row and works its way to the other end of the row in turn, tree by tree. The vibrating device is at the front of the tractor. It consists mainly of a large hydraulically driven clamp. The tractor approaches each tree and the clamp closes around the base of the olive tree. The clamp then goes into vibration mode, shaking the olive tree vibrationally, with a fast frequency but without damaging the branches. The harvest is complete when the olives, rain down on the net.
Automatic cow milking machine
Cows are the most widely used livestock on the planet, and from meat to milk, cattle products help make the world go round. For large-scale milking operations, it's simply not possible to have hundreds of workers milking from morning to night. Even so, it is still necessary to have workers attach automatic pumps to the clockwork to increase efficiency. Hence the invention of this automatic milking machine, which frees mankind from this process altogether. The process has been designed and automated to be broken down into several subtasks: collecting animals prior to milking, bringing animals into the parlor, inspecting and cleaning teats, attaching milking equipment to teats and massaging the back of the udder frequently to relieve any stagnant milk, extracting milk, removing milking equipment and sending animals out of the parlor.
Potatoes are a tuberous vegetable, which means harvesting them requires a lot of digging. The machine above plows the dirt around the potatoes and brings it out of the ground. The soil and crop are transferred onto a series of networks where the loose soil is sifted out. The potatoes are moved to a separator at the back of the harvester and then (on a manned machine) to a picking table where people pick off stones, clods and stems (stems or stalks) by hand. These potatoes are then taken to a lift on the side and into a trailer or potato box.
Robotic lettuce harvester
Whether you know it or not, lettuce is a difficult leafy green vegetable to harvest, and it often requires hundreds of workers to spend many hours bent over on their feet. This repetitive action has left the industry with a lot of fallout and farmers feel something needs to be done. Engineers have developed a vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest agricultural crops.
Carrot harvester and separator
As we mentioned in the potatoes, root vegetables are notoriously difficult to harvest, and the same goes for carrots. The towed carrot harvester above is perhaps the most fascinating machine we've listed here, and it's simply amazing in its scale. Consider the same process of hundreds of workers digging carrots. The carrot harvester is designed to mimic the manual harvesting process, top lifters uses a rubber band to grab the green top of the carrot plant and pull it out of the soil. A share is pushed under the carrot roots to loosen the plant. The belt feeds the carrot with the top into the machine, where the top is cut off and sent back to the field along a waste lane. Only then can you truly grasp the efficiency gains in this process.
A modern combine harvester, or combine for short, is a versatile machine designed to efficiently harvest a variety of food crops. The name comes from the fact that it combines four separate harvesting operations - harvesting, threshing, collecting and winnowing - into one process. Crops harvested with the combine include wheat, rice, oats, rye, barley, corn (maize), sorghum, soybeans, flax (linseed), sunflower and canola. The separated straw is left in the field, including the stems of the crop and any remaining leaves, which contain limited nutrients: the straw is then shredded and spread in the field for replanting or baled for bedding and limited feed for livestock. The basic disadvantage of combines is usually cost and, to a lesser extent, size. Harvesters are difficult to transport to distant farms on low loaders - because the cost is usually too high for a farm to purchase and use just for itself. As a result, harvesters are usually rented out.
Modern machinery used in agriculture
Modern engineering technologies together with tractors and new machinery have shifted the agricultural industry to one of efficient and large-scale production. Agriculture is no longer a small-scale production, but one that is carried out with large machines on thousands of hectares. The increased efficiency means that the world can get any food it needs at any time. It is clear that if we use modern machinery and innovative methods to do the work of the farm and get more results from it. Quality products stimulate growth in demand and the economy automatically grows, and vice versa, if farmers' incomes increase, the country's economic level increases. So modern machinery used in agricultural is definitely worth the investment!