Agricultural Science

Agricultural Machines and their Uses

len Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 29th February, 2020 @ 10:48

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Academic Questions in Agricultural Science

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Which of the following is an example of oil crop?

  • A. Melon

  • B. Rubber

  • C. Flax

  • D. Moringa

  • E. Ginger

  • F. Coffee

Concerning crops and plants, which of the following statement is incorrect?

  • A. All plants are not crops

  • B. All crops are plants

  • C. Cactus can be a crop

  • D. Corpse flower is not a plant

  • E. Venus flytrap is not a crop

  • F. All the options are correct

Which of the following is not a problem associated with agriculture?

  • A. Superfluous research facilities

  • B. Poor road network

  • C. Illiteracy

  • D. Lack of storage facilities

  • E. Limited mechanized farming

  • F. Bad government policies

Mallet - Len Academy

The above image is a _____.

  • A. Hammer

  • B. Crowbar

  • C. Shear

  • D. Secateur

  • E. Bolo

  • F. Mallet

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The agricultural tool shown in the image (above) is used for the followings except _____.

  • A. For cutting tree branches, weeds, and other plant materials in farmland

  • B. To remove dirts from the top soil

  • C. For harvesting crops like sugarcane

  • D. To clear bushes

  • E. For planting crops like melon

  • F. To dig superficial holes for the planting of seeds

Which of the following statement is false concerning soil erosion?

  • A. The top soil is moved from one point to another

  • B. Man is an agent that bring about soil erosion

  • C. Wind and water are natural agents of soil erosion

  • D. Sheet erosion is said to occur when the surface of a land is eroded at an unequal levels

  • E. Deforestation will increase the likehood of wind erosion

  • F. Rill erosion results in the formation of miniature dongas on land

Gully erosion - Len Academy

The above diagram shows a _____ erosion.

  • A. Wind

  • B. Sheet

  • C. Rill

  • D. Gully

  • E. Landslide

  • F. Crooked

An instance of farming whereby a farmer uses animal and green manure as fertilizers in place of chemicals like NPK is termed _____.

  • A. Reformative farming

  • B. Alternative farming

  • C. Crude farming

  • D. Retrogressive farming

  • E. Non-Chemical farming

  • F. Agro-farming



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Agricultural Machines and their Uses:

Mechanised farming is a system of farming whereby agricultural machines are utilized on farmlands. The use of agricultural machines greatly increases the farmer's output and productivity. For this reason, they are used on large farmlands; thus replacing the primitive simple farm tools.

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Below are various agricultural machineries and their functions:


1. Tractor

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An tractor serves a variety of purposes. In agriculture, one of such purpose is to effectively pull or push other agricultural machineries like planters, rollers, plough, reaper, balers, mowers, combine harvester and so on.

They are also used for carrying or hauling different type of large materials from one point to another.

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2. Irrigation Sprinkler

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Irrigation sprinklers are also referred to as sprinklers or water sprinklers.

They are used to water large areas of farmland. They may also be used for controlling dust particles generated from various activities carried out on land.

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3. Plough

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They are pulled by tractors and help to cultivate the soil, preparing it for sowing. They do this by turning over the upper layer of the soil in order to expose fresh nutrients to its surface. Through this action, small plants, weeds and other particles present on the soil becomes buried, thus bringing about their eventual breakdown and decomposition.

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4. Cultivator

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A cultivator helps to efficiently mix the soil with organic fertilizers and other materials.

The cultivator is also used for the preparation of seedbed. It is able to carry out this function because it controls weeds and warms the soil on an agricultural land. Through this process, the planted crops are able to grow on the soil which now contains less weed, adequate water and more nutrients.

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5. Reaper

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They are also driven by a tractor. The reaper helps to cut crops into a size of about 3-4 inches above ground level. The crops are then carried via its conveyor belt.

Note: A reaper is very useful for harvesting crops like cereals, grasses, oats and barley.

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6. Subsoiler

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They are tractor driven and are used for tilling the soil. A subsoiler acts as a tillage machine that breaks up and loosens the soil. They prove to be useful in farmlands with compacted soils.

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7. Agricultural Rollers

Agricultural Rollers - Len Academy

They are pulled by tractors and are used to level the soil by breaking large clumps of particles present on the surface of the soil.

8. Harrows

Harrows - Len Academy

They are commonly termed a set of harrows.

They perform a tillage function like the plough and subsoiler; but that of the harrows occur at the surface of the soil.

Functionally, a harrow breaks and level up the soil's surface.

9. Mowers

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Mowers are agricultural machines used mainly for cutting grass (and forage crops).

Due to the manner at which the grasses are cut, hay and silage becomes the end result of the cut grasses; after which they are placed into rows referred to as windrows.

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10. Balers

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A baler, also called a hay baler is used for compressing crops that had been cut or raked; for instance - silage, hay and flax straw. The baler aid in compacting the cut crops into bales so that they can be easily moved from one point to another. Also, the crops becomes easily stored when in bales.

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11. Combine Harvester

Combine Harvester - Len Academy

The combine harvester is simply referred to as combine. It perfoms at least two functions.

First, it reaps (harvests) grain crops. Next, it threshes it, separating the grain kernels from their seed coverings and other chaff that may be present around it.

In summary, the major operations carried out by the combine harvester are reaping, threshing and winnowing.

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12. Planter

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A planter (usually towed behind a tractor) functions to plant or sow seeds in rows throughout the farmland.

The planter plants the seeds down the soil in a definite manner along rows at regular intervals.

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Amazing facts in Agricultural Science

🥜 Peanuts 🥜 are legumes and not nuts

Although plants neither see nor hear, they can recognize their siblings and even give them preferential treatments 🤔

Squirrels do plant more 🌲 trees 🌲 (through their actions) than an average human in their lifetime. They often hide their acorns and nuts underground and forget about them 😁

🐄 Cows 🐄 have got the ability to walk up stairs, but not down stairs

A group of cows 🐄 🐄 🐄  is called a team, drove or herd.

People just prefer to call them herd

NOTABLE POINTS IN Agricultural Science

Below are some common types of erosion:

  • Water Erosion: It is caused by rainfall and flooding on the topsoil. As a result of water erosion, some layers of the topsoil are lost.

  • Sheet Erosion: When an entire surface of land becomes eroded at a uniform (equal) level, such is referred to as sheet erosion.

    Sheet Erosion - Len Academy

  • Wind Erosion: It results from the actions of wind on a bare land. Wind erosion is often seen in deserts. Overgrazing and lack of vegetation cover will also enhance wind erosion on topsoil.

​​​Please read more on types of soil erosion here.

Soil erosion is defined as a process through which the topsoil is removed or moved from one point to another by agents like wind, water, man and animals.

Soil erosion occurs naturally (wind and water) and may also be facilitated by living organisms.

Soil erosion is more likely to occur on a sloppy land and land with no vegetation cover. When this occurs, the nutrient rich layer of the topsoil is washed away; and this ultimately results in fewer plants growing on such eroded soil.

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There are about 630 different kinds of carnivorous plants.

Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients by consuming small animals, especially insects.

Carnivorous plants are also referred to as insectivorous plants.

Some example of carnivorous plants include sundew and Venus flytrap.

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