Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Farm Equipment ID Quiz?

By: Lauren Lubas

Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Farm Equipment ID Quiz?
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About This Quiz

910 million acres of America is covered in farms. With around 2 million farms total, farmers make up a great portion of this country, and the work they do is essential to feeding large populations around the world as well as the United States. If you've ever driven past a farm or any kind of farmland in this country, chances are you've seen quite a bit of equipment and machinery around. The tools and equipment farmers use can be something as simple as a bucket to something as complex as the devices used to milk cows. Not only does this equipment help them get the important jobs done more quickly, it also saves farmers quite a bit of money in the long run.

Ultimately, farmers have one of the toughest jobs in America, and our nation's health and wellness depend on them doing it right. In order for them to do that job right, they need specialized equipment. Do you think you can name these tools that farmers use? We've found 40 things you'd most definitely see on a farm. See how many of them you can name without looking them up. Anyone who grew up on a farm can ace this quiz without a problem.

1-Perfecta_II_field_cultivator_3 This large machine helps till soil. Do you know what it's called?
Cultivator
After a long winter, soil tends to clump up and compact. This makes it difficult to plant. That is why farmers use cultivators. They till the soil and loosen large chunks of it to help them plant.
Morotill
Combine
Microblader

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2-YuMZ-6KL_tractor_2011_G1 Do you know what this machine that accepts various attachments is called?
Earth mover
Tractor
Tractors are the most versatile machines known to any industry. They are essential in the farming industry, because every different kind of farmer can use them, even if they need different attachments to fulfill their jobs.
Hay baler
Sharp truck

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3-Curved-Blade-Panga Can you name this tool that looks like a machete?
Mullknife
Curved blade panga
There are still farmers who use a lot of hand tools to get them through the season. The curved blade panga helps farmers cut down tall grass and weeds in fields. They are perfect for areas where mowers can't reach.
Trapper blade
Filler blade

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4-Broadcast_Seeder_(5223644327) When it comes to spreading seeds, this machine is essential. Do you know what it's called?
Spread mixer
Planting machine
Broadcast seeder
Depending on the size of the farm, farmers will have broadcast seeders in various sizes. The machine itself is connected to a tractor and pulled along the ground, dispersing seeds wherever it goes.
Push planter

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5-Weight-Sorter Produce grows in different sizes. What is this machine that helps produce farmers with these variations?
Microsorter
Wind sorter
Weight sorter
Based on the name, you can probably figure out what a weight sorter does. Because each crop produces different-sized fruits and vegetables, a weight sorter helps farmers organize their crops to help them sell better.
Shape sorter

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6-Livestock-Trailer Nearly every animal farm has one of these. Do you know what it's called?
Livestock trailer
When it comes to transporting livestock, there are a lot of laws that animal farmers must follow. These trailers help protect the animals as well as other drivers on the road, because they keep the animals in a confined area that doesn't disturb the driver.
Pop-up trailer
Steel trailer
Microtrailer

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7-Case_backhoe_loader New farms might rent this piece of equipment. Do you know what it's called?
Backhoe
Backhoes help farmers move large amounts of earth and rock around. For new farmers, this tool helps them level the land and remove any large rocks or boulders from any planting areas.
Barn claw
Clawdozer
Bulldozer

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8-Cotton_picker,_Brooks_County_cotton_field Can you name this machine that is used specifically on cotton farms?
Cotton mill
Cotton gin
Soft lifter
Cotton picker
Cotton pickers don't separate the seeds from the cotton, they simply pick the cotton from the plants. They are excellent tools to help cotton farmers harvest their crops every season.

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9-mulcher What is this recycling machine called?
Press fawler
Mulcher
Mulchers help farmers clear large portions of vegetation quickly. They are so powerful that they can even take on small trees and extremely large weeds. The mulcher then turns that vegetation into mulch that farmers can use on other parts of their farms.
Buck tweeter
Bear press

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10-Sickle What is this hand-held harvesting device called?
Trap setter
Hull mixer
Hull sorter
Sickle
Sickles go by many different names such as bagging hook and reaping hook. Though they aren't used as often these days, smaller farms that don't rely on large equipment still have them around for harvest season.

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11-Manure_spreader It might smell bad, but it's necessary. Do you know what this machine is?
Manure spreader
There are a lot of different terms for manure spreaders, but all of them do the same job: spread manure to fertilize the fields. They are necessary for most planting farmers, even if the farm doesn't have one on hand, they will rent them.
Manure harvester
Silage truck
Sewage dump

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Seed_Drill This device helps with planting. Do you know what it's called?
Seed mill
Seed drill
There are many ways to plant seeds on a farm, but for some farmers, the seed drill is a necessary tool. It presses the seeds into the ground, planting them at the perfect depth. This saves farmers time and money, because the seeds aren't eaten or blown away.
Seed presser
Seed cropper

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13-Drip-Irrigation-2 Do you know what this piece of irrigation equipment is called?
Spray irrigation
Drip irrigation
A drip irrigation system helps farmers save money while watering their crops on hot, dry days. Instead of spraying water all over the plants, they simply drip the water onto the plants slowly. This saves money in water costs and helps farmers avoid evaporation.
Balanced irrigation
Grid irrigation

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14-Stone-Picker Do you know the name of this device that helps farmers prepare their soil?
Roto picker
Nit picker
Flip sticker
Stone picker
Stone pickers are generally used on farms that tend to have rocky soil. They do exactly what their name suggests. As they are driven over land, they lift the soil and sift out all of the small stones that can affect a plant's growth.

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15-Potato-Harvester Only potato farms have these. Do you know what it's called?
Mash spreader
Potato harvester
Potatoes were once notoriously difficult to harvest. They grow in the ground, and a lot of farm equipment can't reach them without damaging them. That is why potato harvesters are so important.
Eye puller
Tuber puller

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16-Soil-Auger What is this large screw-looking piece of equipment called?
Brick breaker
Mull digger
Hole potter
Soil auger
For the most part, farmers use soil augers to sample the soil. Some farmers send the soil in for testing while others have kits to test the pH of the soil. This tells farmers whether or not they need to add nutrients to the soil before planting.

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17-corn-harvester Can you name this intimidating piece of machinery that is found across farms in the American Midwest?
Apple picker
Scoop parter
Claw harvester
Corn harvester
Corn harvesters are specifically used to harvest corn. They look like very oversized pitchforks, but their function is specifically to scoop up the corn stalks, strip them and collect them. This saves farmers hours of hard labor.

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18-Cow_milking_machine_in_action_DSC04132 This equipment is only found on a dairy farm. Do you know what it's called?
Milking machine
For extremely large dairy farms, it isn't financially feasible to milk by hand. For this reason, milking machines are necessary. They simulate the milking process when each of the tubes is attached to an udder.
Spray dobber
Cow feeder
Milk miser

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19-Rice-Huller-2 Can you name this machine that removes the husks from rice?
Pod sucker
Pod cleaner
Rice cleaner
Rice huller
Few people actually realize that rice has husks, and those husks can be difficult to remove. That is why most farms that produce rice have at least one rice huller to help them get to the grains without doing hard manual labor.

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20-Bale-Splitter Can you identify this machine that helps animal farmers?
Press lifter
Mark number
Bale splitter
When it comes to feeding animals and keeping them warm, hay is an essential part of the farming process. However, it's heavy and hard to move around, unless you have a bale splitter that splits and moves bales of hay.
Fill bagger

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21-Brent_770_grain_cart What is the name of this machine that catches the harvest?
Elevator
Grain mill
Grain cart
Grain carts are one of the most essential pieces of equipment for harvesting. They allow farmers to harvest the land without wasting time. A grain cart catches the harvest and reduces time and costs.
Cubby car

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22-Roller When a farmer wants his land even, he will attach one of these to his tractor. What is it?
Roller
Roller attachments for tractors look very much like steamrollers, because they do the exact same thing. While steamrollers work on asphalt, a roller attachment works on the soil, packing it down and getting it ready for planting season.
Gener
Generator
Miller

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23-Beet_Harvester_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1222508 For beet farmers, this is a necessary piece of machinery. What is it called?
Ruda puller
Pull grainer
Beet harvester
Beet harvesters, much like corn and potato harvesters, are machines specifically designed to pull specific plants from the ground. Beet harvesters remove beets from the ground without damaging them.
Root slip

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24-Subsoiler_Culti_R What is this tilling device called?
Drill soiler
Trip flipper
Flat lifter
Flat lifters are also known as subsoilers. Like most tilling machines, flat lifters agitate the ground to loosen the soil and rocks that are in it. They are specifically made to help farmers dig into the soil at deeper levels.
Huller

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25-Binder Do you know the name of this equipment that helps harvest small grains?
Binder
Binders (also known as reaper-binders), help farmers harvest smaller crops. The machine was once pulled by horses, but now has an engine. Binders also bundle the crops and tie them together.
Finder
Winder
Minder

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26-Silage-Harvester This machine makes food for animals. What is it?
Morna combine
Fill lifter
Fornal cart
Silage harvester
Silage is made from pieces of grass, corn or any other plant. The silage harvester chops these plants up and presses them together. Once the silage is compacted, it is then fermented and fed to farm animals.

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27-Diameter-Sorter-New When processing produce, this tool is essential. What is it called?
Flip belt
Roller sorter
Roller sorters are also known as diameter sorters. Produce farmers use these to sort the crops into different areas for customers, factories and compost. They save farmers a lot of time and money, as they don't have to pay hired hands to sort.
Microbelt
Trip belt

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28-Front-End-Loader Though you may see these tools outside farms, farmers use them often. What are they?
Rear loader
Over loader
Snow shovel
Front-end loader
Front-end loaders are like miniature earth movers. They can be used for a variety of tasks on farms. They can move dirt, feed, hay or manure to help farmers with heavy-duty tasks that would normally take a lot of time.

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29-Scraper Can you identify this extremely large piece of equipment?
Shaper
Scraper
Scrapers are more commonly used on newer farms, or if a farmer wants to build up his land. They are used to move large amounts of dirt and soil from one place to another or to create trenches to help the farmer avoid flooding.
Traper
Thaper

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30-Flail-Mower This machine helps farmers keep dense shrubbery at bay. What is it called?
Side mower
Bill mower
Flail mower
When it comes to mowing, you might think that all mowers are created equally. However, this is not always the case. The flail mower was invented to help farmers and landscapers get through shrubbery that is way too thick for an average mower.
Shoulder mower

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31-Windrower,_zwadmaaier You'd find this on nearly any grain farm during harvest season. What is it?
Siderower
Swathrower
Windrower
A windrower gets its name from the term windrow, which is a set of hay or grain that has been set out to dry in the wind. The windrower cuts and collects the hay to create the windrows for drying.
Marchrower

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32-Gehl_95_grinder-mixer What is the name of this equipment found on livestock farms?
Flipper-setter
Mixer-setter
Grinder-flipper
Grinder-mixer
Grinder-mixers are used to help create feed for livestock. They churn, grind and mix grains to help the animals digest them better. It is one way to avoid various setbacks in the help of the livestock.

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33-Irrigation_water_use-_Center-pivot_irrigation_(17858228815) This is the reason farms look like circles from airplanes. What is it called?
Central pivot irrigation
Central pivot irrigation was designed to help farmers save water when they irrigate their fields. This piece of irrigation equipment moves in a giant circle around the entire field to ensure that every plant gets an equal amount of water.
Circle spreader
Circle sprinkler
Fill sprinkler

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34-JDTractor_chisel-plough Do you know what this tractor attachment is called?
Hand plow
Chisel plow
Before these attachments were created for tractors, farmers used to have to attach chisel plows to animals to get the power that was necessary for the machine to dig into the ground. Chisel plows offer deep tilling with minimal soil disruption.
Tidging plow
Ridging plow

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35-Blemish-Sorter For produce farmers, this machine is a great way to ensure higher sales. What is it called?
Planter
Trowel sorter
Blemish sorter
Blemish sorters help produce farmers identify areas of the crop that aren't doing well. Once the crop is harvested, it is put through a blemish sorter, removing produce with too many blemishes.
Microsorter

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36-Hay_tedder_p When harvesting hay, this machine is essential. Do you know what it's called?
Tedder
Before the hay is dried and gathered (in the windrower), it first must be cut. The tedder functions very much like a lawnmower, cutting the crop down before it is windrowed and set to dry.
Tether
Feather
Felter

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37-Ferguson_post_hole_auger_-_3342 Farmers have fences, and repairing those fences is necessary. What is this piece of equipment that can help them?
Trap fighter
Fence maker
Post hole digger
Post hole diggers can be found on nearly every farm. When it comes to farming, fences are put into place for safety of both animals and humans. If a fence breaks or gets damaged, farmers can't wait for fence companies to repair them.
Dense digger

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38-Sprayer Many farmers use these to reduce crop loss due to insects. What are they?
Filters
Bittlers
Sound machines
Sprayers
These sprayers are essential to the safety of a farm. While larger farms might use crop dusting to keep their crops safe, most farms have sprayers on hand, in case there is an infestation after the fact.

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39-Tractor_using_a_cultipacker_in_GaÌŠseberg_3 Do you know the name of this tool that compacts the ground?
Ground pounder
Cultipacker
Cultipackers can handle a lot of different jobs all at once. They remove air from the soil, to ensure that there are no pockets that can disturb growth. They also help create even and flat seedbeds for planting.
Push packer
Stick flipper

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40-Illinois_Farm_Bureau_-_Combine Like tractors, this machine has many uses. What is it?
Turbine
Combine
Combines are used mainly in grain harvesting, but they are versatile in that they can take on nearly any kind of grain. This gives farmers the ability to rent out their combines to neighboring farms to make a little extra money.
Auger
Flipline

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