Agricultural irrigation is known as the artificial application of water to the soil through the use of various systems and sprays. Typically utilised in areas where rainfall is irregular, the soil is dry, or on water sensitive crops such as salads, agricultural irrigation equipment is fast becoming an essential aspect of modern-day farming. Considering the importance of water in the agricultural industry, selecting the right irrigation equipment that can provide the field with effective water distribution is critical for crops.
Agriculture is perhaps one of the world's most necessary and oldest trades, and up until the last few years, the industry has continued to work using the same equipment and methods. What is essential to understand is the role of modern engineering and machinery such as drills have had on the farm industry. The evolving technology has enabled a shift in the Agricultural industry, driving efficiency and mass production.
Farming is no longer considered a small-scale production and is in place, one of which takes place with highly equipped machinery over thousands of hectares. This admirable boost within the ag industry has meant that countries worldwide have access to grow a variety of crops at any given time.
With the ag industry expecting this efficiency boom to continue, we will be looking at the five modern machines and systems that have led to the dramatic increase in farming efficiency and production across the globe.
In recent times the stubble cultivator seems to have been overlooked in the plethora of cultivation options available to the modern day farmer. We decided to look into what we were missing:
As every arable farmers know the art of seedbed preparation is a vital part of securing a healty crop and high yield. In this blog we run through the requirements of a good seedbed and how best to create one.
Cultivation methods have changed over time, partly driven by the necessity to reduce the cost per acre of crop production, and also to be more effective with the time and resources available. Here we review the different tillage methods available to the modern farmer from the origins of cultivation in the plough, to direct drilling and zero tillage.
Ellis Machinery's five steps to improving your grass yields and ultimately your profitability. Not enough effort put in up front in the care for the soil or incorrect applications can result in waste, a poor crop and affect animal health.
Following the popularity of our original guide to ploughing we have put together some more tips for setting up and using a plough, including some useful trouble-shooting for common ploughing problems.
Times have moved on considerably since 1892 when John Froelich invented the first petrol powered tractor. This breakthrough was soon to revolutionise the farming industry. During the 1920’s the new concept really took off, with tractors beginning to become mainstream.
Black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides Huds) has become the major grass-weed and herbicide resistance problem on arable farms throughout the UK. To control this weed long term there has to be a strategy of cultural, rotational and herbicidal methods. With limited scope for further gains in chemical techniques more and more farmers are getting back-to-basics with cultural control methods to attempt to manage this widespread and difficult weed.