Published by AMTEC on 22nd Jun 2021

5 Machines That Make Modern Farming More Productive

Agriculture is perhaps one of the world's most necessary and oldest trades and these are the five modern machines and systems that have led to the dramatic increase in farming efficiency

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5 Machines That Make Modern Farming More Productive

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.

Agricultural Drills

Establishing a crop is perhaps the most critical aspect of the farmer's role. The farm's profitability depends primarily on the crop's success and all the other jobs that revolve around this.
This necessity has transpired in recent years. With the need to get the cultivation methods right when creating the seedbed and maintaining the crop throughout the year, agricultural drills have become a popular choice for many farmers shifting towards a modernised approach towards farming.
The Vaderstad Rapid range, which revolutionised high-speed drilling in the '90s for seed planting, is an industry recognised for its ability to deliver high output drilling in drier conditions and has continued to play a large role in the modernisation of farming.


Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have transformed the agricultural industry in recent years and used in precision farming by enabling soil sampling, field mapping and farm planning.
Global positioning systems are more frequently used in precision farming to find the relationship between crop yields and land variability, and production techniques. These findings would then assist farmers with the development of the most effective plant and soil treatment methods, subsequently enabling increased farm production.
The overall impact technology has had on the Agricultural industry is immeasurable – but is one of which that will continue to take place in the upcoming years.

Farm Cultivators

Cultivation methods have continued to expand and evolve throughout the years, but it is, and always will be, a vital part of farming. The fundamentals behind these methods remain relatively the same, with cultivators virtually using either tines or discs to move soil.
The impact of cultivators on the ag industry in recent years has been astronomical considering how in years gone by, cultivation was recognised as an extremely intensive process with a lot of ploughing and deep disruption of the soil. In recent years, we have seen many farmers now exploring the possibilities of minimum and even zero-tillage.
The Sumo Trio range, a new concept of three cultivation methods integrated into one pass in a compact machine, has provenly been a popular choice amongst farmers seeking a machine that offers multiple cultivation methods and has modernised the cultivation process.

Direct Drilling

Whilst Direct drilling is considered more of a system in place of a piece of equipment used on the farm, it has revolutionised the way in which a lot of people run their farms. Recognised as a system of seed placement where the soil is left undisturbed with crop residues on the surface from harvest until sowing, direct drilling has grown in popularity throughout the years.
Direct drilling is considered an enormous time and cost-efficient option for many farmers around the world. Even though drilling directly into uncultivated soil is not a proven technique in all land types, it is undoubtedly considered an appealing proposition in saving money in crop establishment.


For centuries, farmers have walked through their fields to monitor their crops' health, which has been a time-consuming process. Recent years have seen a shift towards using various technologies, including agriculture drones which have been used to make the process more efficient.
Agriculture drones are fast becoming a key driver in helping farmers increase their crop production and monitor and inspect crop growth and build a better picture of their fields. This has all led to a boost in farming efficiency, allowing outputs to be maximised.
Among the many benefits drones have created, these machines have played a crucial role in the way that soil sampling is carried out – using data to extract soil characteristics, including temperatures, moisture, and elevation, for a more accurate scope.
In summary, drones can provide many farmers with data that can be used to monitor, plan and manage their farms more efficiently, leading to savings in both time and money.

In Summary

Recent years have seen the Agricultural industry use various equipment to efficiently enhance the way in which farming is done. We can expect this shift to continue into the years ahead with further implementation of technology and advancements in machinery.

At AMTEC, we have continued to assist farmers find the most appropriate equipment they need for their farm for over 25 years. For more information on our farm machinery, contact the team, and we would be happy to help.

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