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Functional and economic requirements for equipment appropriate for small farms are reviewed. Past relationships between crop yield level and the degree of mechanization feasible are noted with the effects of multiple cropping. Selected examples of equipment for tillage, planting, cultivation, drip irrigation, harvesting and post-harvest tooling are presented. Integrated farming systems analysis as a method of determining suitable levels of mechanization is recommended. Progress on the North Florida Farming Systems Research and Extension Project will be reviewed.

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