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Machinery Management
MACHINE MANAGE
CLASS CODE: AGSYS 465 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A study of machinery efficiency, matching machines, and horsepower. Analyzing and estimating costs associated with keeping machines running.
TAUGHT: Fall and Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Agricultural machinery managment has increased in importance in todays agriculture operations because of its direct relation to the success of managment of mixing land, labor and capital to return a satisfactory profit margin.

The importance of machinery in the total agricultural operation is indicated by the machinery costs in relation to the total costs of operation. Typically, machinery costs overshadow all other costs except land. This class is designed to introduce the student to various machinery management concepts that are used today by progressive agriculturists as it specifically relates to food and fiber production.

* Measuring machine capacity.
* Improving field efficiency.
* Matching machine size and capacity.
* Estimating power requirements.
* Estimating fixed costs.
* Estimating fuel and lubricant costs.
* Estimating repair costs.
* Deciding when to trade.
* Considering future capacity needs.
* Calculating custom work costs.
* Comparing ownership, leasing and rental costs.
* Starting machinery management.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Measure and match machine capacity and size.
2. Improve field efficiency.
3. Estimate power requirements.
4. Estimate fixed costs, repair costs, custom work costs, and fuel and lubricant costs.
5. Total costs for machines and operations.
6. Consider future capacity needs and decide when to trade.
7. Compare ownership, leasing and rental costs.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001