Agricultural Science

Agricultural tools and their uses

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 12th February, 2019 @ 3:10 PM

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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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Farm Tools and their Uses:

Farm tools consist of all the instruments used in farmlands for the purpose of making the farm work easy. Some are simple hand tools which are often manually used on small farmlands while others are large agricutural machines utilized on a much bigger farmlands.

Mechanized farming is the term for describing the use of agricutural machines on farmlands.

Please read on the Definition and Meanings of various Agricutural Terms here.

Below are some of the simple farm tools and their uses:


1. Cutlass

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  • It is used for cutting tree branches, weeds and other plant materials in farmlands.
  • It is used for digging superficial holes for the planting of seeds.
  • It can be used for harvesting crops like sugarcane.
  • Cutlass is also utilized in the planting of crops like melon.
  • It may also be used in the clearing of bushes.

Please read on the Differences between Plants and Crops here.


2. Shovel

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  • It is used for digging the soil.
  • It’s also the used to mix the soil and move trash away from it.


3. Spade

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  • It’s very similar to the shovel.
  • It’s used for mixing and digging the soil.
  • It can also used for leveling up the soil.


4. Hoe

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  • We have a variety of hoes.
  • They are generally used for tilling the soil.
  • They are used for making trenches in farmlands.
  • A hoe is utilized in harvesting crops like yam and cocoyam.
  • They are also used for cutting weeds on farmlands.

Please read on Soil Erosion here.


5. Bolo

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  • It is used to cut weeds from the soil.

Please read on the Problems of Agriculture in Nigeria here.


6. Wheelbarrow

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  • It is used for carrying various materials on the farmland from one place to another.


7. Rake

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  • It is used for removing dirt from the soil.
  • It’s also used to level the top soil.


8. Hand Trowel

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9. Sickle

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  • A sickle looks like a question mark (?).
  • It’s used for harvesting plants like rice and wheat.


10. Hand Fork

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  • It is used for mixing soil and organic matter.
  • It can also be used for inter-row cultivation.


11. Secateurs

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  • It looks like a pair of scissors.
  • It’s used for trimming flowers and leaves.
  • It is also used for pruning the branches of shrubs.


12. Shears

Shears - Len Academy

  • It looks like a big pair of scissors.
  • It’s used for trimming ornamental plants.
  • It is also used for pruning trees.


13. Axe

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  • It is used to cut stems and thick sized branches of trees.
  • It is also used to divide big stems of trees into smaller parts.


14. Pickaxe

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  • A pickaxe consists of a long wooden handle with a sharp double headed thick metallic blade attached at one end.
  • It is used for digging and breaking up hard soil.
  • It is also used in uprooting tree stumps.


15. Crowbar

Crowbar - Len Academy

  • A crowbar is used for digging out stones or stumps.
  • It can also function as a lever arm.


16. Watering Can | Sprinkler

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  • It is used for applying water to crops and seedlings.
  • It’s also used for applying liquid fertilizer on the soil.

Please read on Agricutural Land and their Uses here.


17. Sprayers

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18. Hammer

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19. Mallet

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  • Mallets are similar to hammers except that its entire body is composed of wood.
  • It’s used for hitting woods into the ground.

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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.

Please read more on soil erosion here

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.

Please read more on Carnivorous Plants here