Agricultural and farming products and equipment are used in farming, livestock, and agricultural applications. They are also used by ranches, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, and hatcheries for the production of beef, milk, plants, trees, fruit, and fish.
There are two basic types of agricultural and farming products and equipment: animal production and crop production. Animal production products and equipment are used to raise livestock such as cattle, hogs, pigs, and sheep. They are also used on dairy farms, eggs farms, and in specialized applications such as apiaries and aquaculture.
Crop production products and equipment are used to grow grains such as barley, corn, and wheat; cash crops such as cotton and tobacco; and vegetables such as tomatoes, blueberries, and strawberries. Crop production equipment is also used to grow fruits, nuts, melons, and horticultural specialties such as flowers and ornamental plants.
Suppliers of agricultural and farming products and equipment offer a variety of machines, vehicles, tools, and accessories. Equipment categories include cutters, feeders, fertilizers, loaders, mowers, planters, seeders, skid loaders, tractors, combines, engines, scrapers, tillers, and harvesters. A feeder is used to accurately and cost-effectively provide bulk feeds to livestock such as cows and horses.
A mower is used to cut crops and plants, such as hay, that grow close to the ground. A harvester is an agricultural machine that harvests crops mechanically. Today, many harvesters and harvesting equipment are actually combines, agricultural equipment that performs both harvesting and threshing operations. A loader is a lifting implement used to lift and transport crops or other farm materials. Other types of agricultural and farming products and equipment are also available. Agricultural and farming products and equipment often provide irrigation equipment that can be used to supplement water from rainfall, rivers, and other natural sources.
There are many types of irrigation equipment, including overhead (sprinkler) irrigation systems, center pivot irrigation systems, lateral move (side roll, wheel line) irrigation systems, drip irrigation systems (trickle irrigation systems), or sub-irrigation systems. The proper selection of an irrigation system depends on the type and size of the crop. Suppliers of agricultural and farming products and equipment can help farmers, ranchers, and horticulturalists analyze product specifications.