Mechanization is an integral part of all North American farms. While farm machinery has improved the efficiency of farming dramatically over the years, the costs of owning and operating machinery can be excessive. Proper management and optimization of mechanized equipment are essential for reducing costs and maximizing profits. Farm Power and Machinery Management analyzes the factors that comprise machinery management, explains the functions of the various machines and mechanisms as they affect economic operation, and offers contemporary approaches and procedures for making management decisions. The authoritative coverage of management principles and the machinery-operating details make this text an outstanding choice for courses in agricultural education, agricultural mechanization, agricultural business, and agricultural engineering. An understanding of agricultural practices, college algebra, and trigonometry are adequate preparation for using this text. Abundant figures, photographs, and charts, along with laboratory exercises that amplify and fix the concepts of farm machinery management in the readers mind, enhance the texts effectiveness for students, as well as for farmers, farm operators, and farm managers.
Used by more than 60,000 students since 1954, Farm Power and Machinery Management continues to be devoted to the selection, operation, maintenance, and replacement of tractors and farm machinery used in agricultural field production. The objectives of the 10th edition are to analyse the factors that constitute machinery management, to explain the function of the various machines and to indicate approaches and procedures for making management decisions. This book will be of practical use for equipment dealers and manufacturers, farm lenders and managers, landowners and farmers, as well as farm operators. Additionally, the management principles and the machinery operating details are useful to students preparing for careers in agricultural education, agricultural mechanisation, agricultural business, or agricultural engineering.
Author: John Cornelius Siemens, Wendell Bowers, Robert G. Holmes
Publisher: Deere & Company
The ability to manage machinery is an important skill that must be mastered by farmers and ranchers who want to compete in our complex worldwide commodity marketplace. With the basic information in this book you can build a solid foundation of knowledge that can be used to make the most efficient machinery management decisions and help keep your business competitive. There is no substitute for personally solving a machinery management problem. You should not rely on the ?short cut? methods of others when you make decisions that affect your business. The data and formulas in this text are based on the latest information available at the accuracy of your machinery management decisions. The book is divided into three sections. The first section covers the topic of how to become more efficient by matching machines and power units to different situations. Section Two gives information that can be used to estimate and analyze costs so better machinery management choices can be made. The final section gives several examples of the application of information contained in the first two sections to illustrate the value of making decisions on a sound, economical basis. Throughout this book, emphasis is placed on solving practical problems with either a computer or hand calculator. These problems are ?flagged? in the book with a computer or calculator symbol. Whether you use a computer or a hand calculator, you will be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of management decision that you can make, once you master these example problems.
The book covers recent trends in Farm Machinery, Farm Power, Renewable energy and Engineering Mechanics. It will be beneficial to students of B.Tech (Agriculture Engineering), M.Tech. (Farm Machinery & Power as well as Renewable Energy).
Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering is the essential reference for engineers who need to understand those aspects of the food industry from farm machinery to food storage facilities to the machinery that processes and packages our foods. The process of getting food from "farm to fork," as the saying goes, involves more than planting, harvesting, shipping, processing, packaging and distributing—though those are all key components. Effective and efficient food delivery systems are built around processes that maximize the effort while minimizing cost, time, and resource depletion. This comprehensive reference is for engineers who design and build machinery and processing equipment, shipping containers, and packaging and storage equipment. It includes cutting-edge coverage of microwave vacuum application in grain processing, cacao processing, fruit and vegetable processing, ohmic heating of meat, facility design, closures for glass containers, double seaming, and much more. Provides cross-topic information for translational research and potential application Focuses on design and controls – written for engineers by engineers – always with practical applications in mind Includes design of machinery and facilities as well as theoretical basis for determining and predicting behavior of foods as they are handled and processed
The third edition of this book exposes the reader to a wide array of engineering principles and their application to agriculture. It presents an array of more or less independent topics to facilitate daily assessments or quizzes, and aims to enhance the students' problem solving ability. Each chapter contains objectives, worked examples and sample problems are included at the end of each chapter. This book was first published in the late 60's by AVI. It remains relevant for post secondary classes in Agricultural Engineering Technology and Agricultural Mechanics, and secondary agriculture teachers.
Farm power-consisting of manual labour, agricultural tools, draught animals, tractors, implements, equipment, and machinery-is an essential farm input. FArm mechanisation helps in effective utilisation of inputs to increase the productivity of land and labour. Besides it helps in reducing the drudgery in farm operations.
Operations Management in Agriculture bridges the knowledge gap on operations management for agricultural machinery. It complements traditional topics (cost of using and choosing machinery) with advanced engineering approaches recently applied in agricultural machinery management (area coverage planning and sequential scheduling). The book covers new technologies in bio-production systems (robotics, IoT) and environmental compliance by employing a systems engineering perspective with focuses on sub-systems, including advanced optimization, supply chain systems, sustainability, autonomous vehicles and IT-driven decision-making. It will be a valuable resource for students studying decision-making and those working to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of production through machinery choice. Covers agricultural machinery management related courses and a number of other courses within the agricultural engineering discipline Provides core tools for machine operations management, including machinery selection and cost of usage Presents current knowledge for agricultural machinery management in a science-based format
Author: Andrew Landers
Publisher: Farming Press Limited
A detailed analysis of one of the major fixed costs on the farm - machinery. It is designed to help farmers to run their business more efficiently. Topics covered include: components of a mechanised system; equipment required for given land areas; purchase of machines; and monitoring.
A practical guide for reducing agricultural accidents. Contains everything needed to implement an effective safety program for any farming or ranching business.(Safety programs, farm safety, ranch safety, reference tool)
Agricultural Mechanization and Automation is a component of Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. The mechanization of farming practices throughout the world has revolutionized food production, enabling it to maintain pace with population growth except in some less-developed countries, most notably in Africa. Agricultural mechanization has involved the partial or full replacement of human energy and animal-powered equipment (e.g. plows, seeders and harvesters) by engine-driven equipment. The theme on Agricultural Mechanization and Automation cover six main topics: Technology and Power in Agriculture; Farm Machinery; Facilities and Equipment for Livestock Management; Environmental Monitoring; Recovery and Use of Wastes and by-Products; Slaughtering and Processing of Livestock, which are then expanded into multiple subtopics, each as a chapter. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs
Author: Ralph Alcock
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Agriculture has benefited considerably from the wide-scale use of tractors and associated implements. Tractors have developed along two, at times contradictory, design paths. The first of these has resulted in functional improvements to the vehicle, making it capable of im proved performance in the often harsh environmental conditions in which it is required to operate. For example, agricultural tires have improved the versatility of tractors by allowing them to operate at relatively high speeds on a variety of terrains, and hydraulics have provided for flexibility in controlling and operating implements. It can also be seen that these particular functional design improvements have contributed significantly to the second design pathway, that of ergon omics, and the human-machine interface. Recent stress on the working environment for the tractor operator has led to design improvements relative to tractor cabs, the placement and labeling of controls, etc. This text discusses those factors relevant to the design, selection, and operation of tractor-implement systems. The audience for which it is intended is undergraduate and graduate students of agricultural engineering studying power and machinery. However, the text is suf ficiently applied to have relevance for those extension personnel in volved with advising farmers on the selection and operation of tractor implement combinations. The tractor cannot be regarded in isolation from the implement, nor from the environment in which both the tractor and implement are ix x Preface working.