2022 Machinery & Equipment Systems Skill Activity

UPDATED October 03, 2022

Contact Information:

Dr. P. Ryan Saucier, Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology

  • ryansaucier@shsu.edu

  • Sam Houston State University

  • 936-294-4883

Purpose

The purpose of this skill activity is to evaluate students’ knowledge and ability to maintain, repair and trouble-shoot machine and equipment systems used in modern agriculture operations. Students should be familiar with the fundamentals of machine operation, safety, maintenance, system operations, and best management practices.

Machinery

Will be announced at a later date. Please check back!

Note:

All students must wear safety glasses during the skill activities. To enter the CDE area, students must have safety glasses in their possession.

Students should be familiar with the following concepts found in the 2017-2021Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Handbook at: https://www.ffa.org/participate/cdes/agricultural-technology/

One of the largest aspects of the world’s agricultural industry is crop production. This year, the Machinery and Equipment Systems Skill will focus on the integration of machinery in this area of agricultural production and focus on solving the preparation of the soil, planting of crops, and harvesting of crops. In order to facilitate these tasks, an agriculturalist must be educated about machinery management, selection, and maintenance. In 2022, students will be asked to complete one or more of the following activities that may involve a tandem disc, a planter, a or seed drill. , a combine, or a forage harvester.

***Teachers and Students, due to the size of the machinery that will be used in this year’s Machinery and Equipment Skill Activity, the machine could be positioned outside. Therefore, please be ready for inclement weather and low temperatures. ***


Possible activities for the 2022 event

  • Identify parts of the machine

  • Calibrate ground speed of the machine

  • Calculate land area

  • Calculate land, seed populations, and harvest loss, harvests, and capacities

  • Identify maintenance requirements for the machinery

  • Perform maintenance on the machinery

  • Adjust components on the machinery

  • Select lubricants for the machinery

  • Identify functions of the machinery

  • Identify and compute harvest loss

  • Prepare machinery for storage

  • Explain principles of machinery management

  • Identify repair procedures and techniques for machinery

  • Check and adjust drive-line components on machinery

  • Adjust equipment hitches and drives for machinery

  • Select and use test equipment including meters, tachometers, and timing devices to determine proper machine operation for machinery

  • Adjust equipment for field and crop conditions for machinery

  • Select and use appropriate safety equipment for machinery

  • Identify safe machinery operation practices for field and highway conditions for machinery

  • Select fuels, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids and coolants for proper operation for machinery

  • Operation and interpretation of circuit diagrams and flowcharts for: electrical, hydraulic, fuel, oil, cooling, intake, and exhaust systems for machinery

  • Match tractors to implements for machinery


Event-Related Competencies

  • Identify safe machinery operational practices.

  • Identify the recommended service and maintenance operations from the operator’s manual.

  • Select lubricants for machinery and equipment.

  • Identify functions of machinery components.

  • Identify safe adjustment [level] on power equipment.

  • Identify repair procedures, techniques and materials.

  • Install, adjust and service belt and chain drives.

  • Inflate tires to proper air pressure (e.g., load inflation tables).

  • Select tools and materials for specific repair jobs.

  • Select and use appropriate safety equipment.

  • Identify the recommended service and maintenance operations from the operator’s manual.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Content Standards

  • CST.01.02.01.b.

  • CST.01.02.01.c.

  • CST.01.02.02.b.

  • CST.01.02.02.c.

  • PST.01.02.01.b.

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  • PST.01.02.03.c.

  • PST.02.01.02.c.

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  • PST.02.02.02.b.

  • PST.02.02.02.c.

  • PST.03.02.01.b.

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  • PST.03.02.02.c.

List of Resources:

Online References

Field Capacity


Machinery Management and Economics


Books:

  • Field, H. L., & Solie, J. B. (2007). Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology, A problem Solving Approach (3rd ed.), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. ISBN # 978-0-387-36915-0

  • Herren, R.V. (2015). Agricultural mechanics: Fundamentals and applications (7th ed.), Cengage Learning. Stamford, CT. ISBN # 978-1-285-05895-5

  • Hunt, D. (2016). Farm power and machinery management (11th ed.), Waveland Press, Inc. Long Grove, Il.

  • John Deere Publishing (2013). Hay and forage harvesting. John Deere Publishing.Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Preventative maintenance. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Bearings and seals. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Electronic and electrical systems. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Engines. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Fuels, lubricants, coolants, and filters. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Hydraulics. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Hydraulic systems diagnostics. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Powertrains. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Belts and chains. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Fasteners. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Hoses, tubing, and connectors. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Combine harvesting. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Preventative maintenance. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.

  • John Deere Publishing (2015). Tillage. John Deere Publishing. Davenport, IA.