CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering


The CIGR handbook is a comprehensive collection of agricultural engineering reference material to the data of publication. More than 190 authors from around the world. Six volumes - over 2,900 total pages. This handbook series is designed to help engineers and others involved in agricultural technology.

Volumes 1 through 5 of the CIGR Handbooks can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below. Volume 6 can be downloaded by clicking on the compressed file icon below.

It is strongly recommended that the CIGR Journal and other literature be consulted for developments beyond the Handbook's date of publication.

Description of Contents

The handbook is composed of the following six volumes:

Vol. I: Land and Water Engineering (1999)

Vol. II: Animal Production and Aquacultural Engineering (1999)

Vol. III: Plant Production Engineering (1999)

Vol. IV: Agro Processing Engineering (1999)

Vol. V: Energy and Biomass Engineering (1999)

Vol. VI: Information Technology (2006)

The material contained in this comprehensive six-volume handbook series provides a basic reference as well as coverage of emerging technologies. Those who initiated the development of the series recognized that professionals in both developing and developed countries would need access to this type of important information to successfully meet world food and feedstock needs. The International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) initiated the project with the goal of producing a comprehensive and up-to-date handbook. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (CIGR member society) was asked to publish and distribute this outstanding collection of technical information.

More than 190 authors from around the world collaborated to produce this comprehensive work. Many other experts participated in a comprehensive review of the material. These authors and reviewers have made an outstanding contribution to world agriculture, helping to ensure that increasing demands for food and feedstock will be met. This collection is available in both CD-ROM and individual hardbound book format. A complete six-volume set of books is offered at a significant discount off the individual book price. See the order form for complete details.

Volume I: Land and Water Engineering

Volume Editor: H.N. van Lier

Co-Editors: L.S. Pereira, F.R. Steiner

Balancing Agriculture Between Development and Conservation

Land- and Water-Use Planning

Rural Roads

Land Reclamation and Conservation

Irrigation and Drainage


Volume II: Animal Production and Aquacultural Engineering

Volume Editors: E.H. Bartali, F.W. Wheaton, S. Singh

Co-Editors: A. Jongebreur, D. Moffitt

Part I Livestock Housing and Environment

Part II Aquacultural Engineering


Volume III: Plant Production Engineering

Volume Editor: B.A. Stout

Co-Editor: B. Chèze 

Machines of Crop Production

Mechanizations Systems

Trends for the Future



Volume IV: Agro Processing Engineering

Volume Editor: F.W. Bakker-Arkema

Co-Editors: P. Amirante, J. De Baerdemaker, M. Ruiz-Altisent, C.J. Studman

Grains and Grain Quality

Root Crops

Fruit and Vegetables

Grapes, Olives, and Coffee

Effluent Treatment in Agroprocessing



Volume V: Energy and Biomass Engineering

Volume Editor: O. Kitani

Co-Editors: T. jungbluth, R. M. Peath, A. Ramdani

Natural Energy and Biomass

Energy for Biological Systems

Biomass Engineering



Volume VI: Information Technology

Volume Editor: A. Munack

The History of Information Processing


Methods, Algorithms, and Software

Mechatronics and Applications

Precision Agriculture

Management and Decision Support Systems

Communication Issues and Internet Use

From Production to the User

Low Cost IT for Developing Countries