Implements in the agricultural world are referred to the tools used as a means of making the task simpler and easier. In order to build an efficient and productive environment, the agricultural activities in the modern days involve different variety of tools such as drills, hoe, plough, sickle etc. The world today seems no pace of progress in the agricultural field without the use of the implements that are essentially required to carry out these practices. The use of the tools is extremely evident in the countries especially where the population is mainly dependent on farming for earning their livelihood. it is also to be mentioned in this context that different countries for both organic and non – organic farming practices remain dependent on the use of diverse arrays of equipments. The development of science and technologies has influenced the farming activities of the world in a large extent and a brief discussion about the same is done in this book with a view to make a clear and transparent vision through the topic.
In the modern scientific agricultural practices, implements hold a significant space as without the use of these, the competitive world cannot fulfil the rising demand of the individual human beings. There are a lot of implements that are used in the farming practices today especially in the countries where agriculture is considered to be the most common and popular means of earning include seed drill, cultivators, harrows, models of hoes, pickage, spade, sickle, khurpi etc. The implements are in high demand and used in large numbers because the practices involved in the farming process are difficult and involve heavy labour as well as variety of procedures that are nearly impossible to do and complete by bare hand. Hence, tools and machineries have become a must in order to complete the activities within a relatively short period of time. The development and excessive use of such small machines or tools reached the peak point after the period of industrial revolution. This era witnessed a great leap of agricultural practices with the amalgamation of easy farming methods and complicated machines, one complimented by the other. From this time onwards, the use of hand for harvesting grains with the help of sharp blade is replaced by the wheeled machines. The concept of using implements was revolutionised with the emergence of tractor that was invented during the end of the 19th century.
However, the previous century was evident in the use of technological machines in the agricultural fields. It is found that the modern farmers have become able to complete the same task in a relatively easy manner and short time as compared to the earlier days. Moreover, not only the range of production has increased but the physical labour that the farmers used to invest has also decreased in a large quantity.
The Significant Agricultural Implements Include the Following:
Soil cultivation implements
The discussion of agricultural implements does not find a complete end without the mention of the agricultural technology. These are the tools or systems that are widely used in the current era in the field of agriculture in order to make the works easier and complete every step of the farming process without any further inconvenience.
There are different types of implements used in the agricultural industry that actually assist in facilitating the farming practices. Some of the very important ones are mentioned and discussed in brief:
a) Irrigation Machinery: This includes the pump units as well as the central pivot irrigation systems. These are helpful in the process of watering the plants according to their requirement and at the appropriate level.
b) Soil Cultivation Implements: The ploughing of soil that makes it ready for the cultivation facilities are done by these tools or machines. Drag, spike, disk harrows are some of the examples of this type of implements.
c) Planting Machines: Once the cultivation of the soil is done, the planting of the saplings and seeds are done in the field with the help of the different kind of planting machines. In order to achieve this; transplanting equipment, seed drills, air seeders, precision drills and broadcast seeders are found to be immensely helpful.
d) Harvesting Implements: As the name suggests, these machines are useful in the process of harvesting ripen and matured crops in the field. Pickers, diggers, trailers are some of the examples of this type of machines.
e) Miscellaneous: Apart from the above mentioned tools and machines, there are also several other kind of equipments that are found to be helpful in the completion of the harvesting process including shredding, loading and hay – making etc.
The agricultural implements do not necessarily equate the agricultural implements that are mentioned above. There are several other tools as well that help in the agricultural practices and make the tasks more efficient and productive. A large number of tools are used by the farmers in the present day for the purpose of cultivation. This list includes tools such as seed drill, cultivator, hoe, plough etc. In addition to this, there are also an extensive number of traditional tools that are also used in the modern day practices because of their easy handling, and availability. Axe, spade, Sickle etc are some of the traditional implements that are used even in the modern day agricultural practices. These tools are considered to be involved in the time – intensive and labour consuming agricultural practices.
Implements hold a significant space in the modern scientific agricultural practices.
Drag, spike, disk harrows are some of the examples of implements.
Harvesting implements, planting machines, soil cultivation implements and irrigation machinery are some of the important agricultural tools.
For the cultivation purpose, an extensive range of tools is used in the modern days for cultivation process.