​Timeline of Agricultural Mechanization



Book description

The demands for food supply, socioeconomic factors, environmental and technological revolution as well as political factors; many of which are spatially specific, have been identified as tools that shaped the characteristic trends in agricultural systems evolution. It is important to know that the performance of agriculture measured (before now) in terms of food, fiber and bio-energy production is now, to a large extent, measured on a range of other social and environmental outcomes, positive and negative. However, the emerging consensus of agricultural mechanization at meeting the needs of a growing and potentially more prosperous global population mainly from the existing stock of agricultural resources has gone a long way in saving the world's ecosystems that could have been irreparably damaged.

​Table of content

Dedication. ix

Acknowledgements. xi

Preface xvii

Part 1 HISTORIC HUNTER-GATHERING TRANSITION: THE EVOLUTION... xix

Chapter 1   AGRICULTURE: The Historic Developments. 2       ​N399.99  ($1)

1              Introduction. 2

1.1          The age of man. 3

1.2          Man in the pre-agricultural times. 4

1.3          Agriculture. 5

1.4          Origin of agriculture. 5

1.5          History of agriculture. 6

1.6          Early agricultural sites in the world.. 8

1.7          Plant and animal domestication. 14

1.8          Agriculture: A revolution or an evolution?. 15

1.9          Agricultural evolution: History and perspective. 16

1.10        Agricultural revolution: History and perspective. 17

1.11        Phases in agricultural development 23

1.12        Agricultural revolution: History and perspectives. 31

1.13        The green revolution. 34

1.14        History of agricultural development in Nigeria. 35

CHAPTER 2     AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: Historic Developments. 45       ​N399.99  ($1)

2.0          Society in the Middle Ages. 45

2.1          Agricultural Society. 46

2.2          Characteristics of agricultural societies. 46

2.3          Early agricultural societies and features. 47

2.3.1      Hunter-gatherer society. 47

2.3.2      The agrarian society. 49

2.3.3      Agricultural revolution society. 50

CHAPTER 3         ENGINEERING SOCIETY:   The Historic Developments. 53     ​N399.99  ($1)

3.0          Introduction. 53

3.1          Engineering Society. 53

3.2          Members of engineering family. 53

3.3          Hierarchy of engineering profession. 55

3.4          Status of engineers in society. 55

3.5          History of agriculture and engineering.. 56

3.6          Historic development of Agricultural Engineering Society. 56

CHAPTER 4      AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES: The Historic Developments. 60      ​N399.99  ($1)

4.0          Introduction. 60

4.1          Agriculture in the biblical era. 60

4.2          Farming in the early agricultural era. 63

4.2.1      Traditional farming activities in the early agricultural era. 63

4.2.2      Mechanized farming activities in the early agricultural era. 70

Part 2 THE AGRARIAN MECHANIZATION: THE REVOLUTION... 83

CHAPTER 5      MECHANIZATION: The Historic Developments. 85       ​N399.99  ($1)

5.0          Introduction. 85

5.1          Mechanized agriculture. 85

5.2          Historic tool development in primitive agricultural era. 89

5.3          Historic tools development in traditional agricultural era. 95

5.4          Historic power development in mechanized agricultural era. 96

CHAPTER 6    AGRICULTURAL TRACTORS: Historic Developments. 104​      ​N399.99  ($1)

6              Introduction. 104

6.1          Historic development of agricultural engines. 104

6.2          Historic development of agricultural tractors. 121

6.3          Historic innovations in tractor development 137

6.4          Future of tractor development 150

6.5          Innovations in farm power development 152

CHAPTER 7     AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY: Historic Developments. 154     N399.99  ($1)

7.0          Introduction. 154

7.1          History of land clearing and development 155

7.2          History of farm machinery development 157

7.3          Historic developments in crop planting and seed sowing.. 190

7.4          Historic development in crop harvest and processing machinery. 208

7.5          History of animal products processing.. 250

7.6          A timeline of American agricultural development (1776-1990) 252

Part 3 THE AGRARIAN REVOLUTIONISTS: HISTORY & ENTERPRISE.. 257

CHAPTER 8      EARLY AGRARIAN REVOLUTIONARIES: Their History. 259      ​N399.99  ($1)

8.0          Introduction. 259

8.1          Their lives and inventions. 259

8.2          Their enterprise and growth. 280

References. 290

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