The cultivation of plants and animals through farming, mainly for food. Agriculture is also known as the Geography of Food.

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Cows and Cattle
Transportation and Logistics
Farm Crops

How do you plant hay fields?

Planting hay is quite simple, all you need is a tractor and a seed planter. This is a machine that attaches to the Power take off (PTO) on the tractor and will evenly dispurse the seeds. Hay does not need the amount of tractor work other crops do, most hay feilds are natural grasses that are already growing (however, farmers do add in a variety of grasses), hay fields do not need to be sprayed or cutivated pre or post planting.


What are Mexico's top agricultural products?

Mexico is widely believed to be an arid country, but this is not the case. It has a vast territory, where almost 12% is used for agriculture: 232,761 square kilometers (89,869 sq mi), which are almost the size of the whole United Kingdom, are used to grow food and cash crops. Then another 16% of Mexico's territory (315,608 square Km/121,857 square miles, or an area the same size of Poland or New Mexico) is considered as man-made or natural pastures, where cattle of several species is raised, including bovine, caprine, porcine and poultry.

Main crops include corn (ranked 4th worldwide), sorghum (4th), and beans (5th). Most cereal crops are for internal consumption, but demand is so extensive that corn and wheat are imported from the United States.

Mexico is also a major producer and exporter of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products, being among the top 10 producers of avocado, cacao, coffee, lemon, mango, orange, tomato, sugarcane, honey and banana. Most fruit grown in Mexico is exported to the United States, Europe and Japan markets during the winter season.

Following are the most important agricultural products from Mexico, along its rank worldwide.


  • corn (4th largest producer)
  • wheat (18th)
  • soybeans (7th)
  • rice (52nd)
Legumes and vegetables
  • beans (5th)
  • tomatoes (10th)
Cash Crops
  • cotton (13th)
  • coffee (8th)
  • coconut oil (5th)
  • apples (13th)
  • avocados (1st)
  • grapefruit (3rd)
  • lemon (1st)
  • limes (1st)
  • oranges (5th)
  • peaches & nectarines (6th)
  • pears (11th)
  • strawberries (6th)
  • grapes (10th)
Beef, poultry and dairy products
  • beef (8th)
  • poultry (5th)
  • butter (6th)
  • cheese (8th)
  • milk powder (6th)
  • milk fluid (8th)

What are the advantages of modern method farming?

Modern methods of farming have many advantages:

1. The soil is made fertile by adding soil nutrition after analysis of the soil and the suitability for the seeds/corp for maximum yield .

2. Mechanization and use of modern machinery for ploughing, leveling,winnowing,harvesting,spraying ,irrigating have reduced manual labor.

3.Use of scientific data and technology has helped better agricultural inputs.

4.Modern storage and transportation has helped reduce wastage.

5.Crop protection is one important feature of modern method of farming.

Organic Gardening

What is bad about inorganic farming?

Answer # 1Inorganic farming uses chemicals to simplify ecosystems. It uses soil fumigants to sterilize soil, herbicides to kill weeds, chemical fertilizers to feed crops, pesticides to control insect pests, and fungicides to control fungal diseases. Most of these chemicals have effects far beyond their intended targets.

Fungicides kill beneficial fungi that attack or compete with fungi that infect plants. Pesticides kill parasitoid wasps that control insect pests at low population densities, beforethey get out of hand, as well as predatory insects that help control pests when they do get out of hand. Chemicals reduce the biodiversity that organic farmers rely on to control pests and cycle nutrients in the soil.

Inorganic farming is also extremely energy intensive. Petroleum is a feed stock in almost all agricultural chemicals. Whenever the price of oil goes up, the prices of agricultural chemicals, and the foods produced using them, also rise.

Answer # 2The above answer, while not patently false, is misleading in that the author assumes that all non-organic (i.e. commercial) farms use all of the methods described all of the time and that the general statements given apply to all of the materials listed. For example, many insecticides now being used are not intended to completely eradicate the targeted pest, only to suppress it to an economically acceptable threshold. Farmers who use fungicides know very well that they cannot absolutely eradicate any detrimental fungus, nor should they try, because of pesticide resistance issues.

The phrase "pesticides to control insect pests" is also interesting in that it displays a lack of education as to exactly what constitutes a pesticide. Organic producers use pesticides, too, just ones approved for organic production. Modern commercial agriculture may well be petroleum-dependant, but not nearly to the degree implied.

Organic producers should be commended for the hard work they put into their crops, and provide a valuable alternative. In time, commercial agriculture will most probably eventually move in this direction, just as modern corn, soybean, and wheat farmers are finding that no-till farming provides some very real benefits; they just have to learn new techniques.

The Difference Between

What is the difference between agriculture in India and agriculture in USA?

India is a developing country. India doesn't have the ability to restore efficiency in agriculture. The US is a developed country and a large percentage of farming today is done by big companies, rather than family farmers.

In USA an average farm is about 250 hectares and in India an average farm is about 2.3 hectares.

Indians use poor technology , whereas USA uses the most advanced technology in the world.

Indian farmers commit suicide due to hunger and poor life, whereas US farmers do not.

Indian rupee rate is very less as compared to USA.

Indians farmers struggle a lot, due to lack of facility of irrigation and knowledge, whereas US farmers do not.

India mostly depends on rain water for irrigation, some farms in the US have advanced systems for irrigation.

India uses US fertilisers, US brand seed, US technology. USA does not need Indians support for their agriculture.


USA has effectively ruined their land quality because of years of mono-culture of crops like wheat and corn.

USA farms are run on the basis of capitalist agendas, therefore whatever can be produced the cheapest is produced. Even things like plastic and sugar is made from corn because it's cheap.

Individual farming towns in the US have been reduced to ghost towns, because of the mono-culture environment.

US is force feeding the its cattle and pigs the excess corn it produces, in spite of the fact that cattle has not evolved to eat corn. This results in substandard meat, which is again shelved in the market or exported.

Because of non-diverse over-production of a single crop, US has to force it's way into other countries economies, so that they buy the excess crop.

USA is where the "hybrid" varieties of crop took birth, where a farmer has to keep on buying new seeds every planting season from corporations like Monsanto rather than storing the nutritionally beneficial heirloom seeds, which every other farmer does.

Because of the intensive use of chemical pesticides, the crops and their derived foods(bread etc.) destroy the gut bacteria, which has resulted in exponential increase in brain disorders, and renaming of 'Adult-type diabetes' to 'Type- II' because children in the US are suddenly developing diabetes due to abnormal obesity.

India still has time to correct its course and not follow the US example. US probably cannot.

(Reference: Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan; What's with Wheat? - A documentary)

Global Warming
Green Living
Punjab Pakistan

What is the importance of green revolution?

The Green Revolution was the notable increase in cereal-grains production in Mexico, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and other developing countries in the 1960s and 1970s. This trend resulted from the introduction of hybrid strains of wheat, rice, and corn (maize) and the adoption of modern agricultural technologies, including irrigation and heavy doses of chemical fertilizer. The Green Revolution was launched by research establishments in Mexico and the Philippines that were funded by the governments of those nations, international donor organizations, and the U.S. government. Similar work is still being carried out by a network of institutes around the world.

The Green Revolution was based on years of painstaking scientific research, but when it was deployed in the field, it yielded dramatic results, nearly doubling wheat production in a few.


What are the difference between rice and corn?

Rice is more paler and thinner, the seeds looking more oval (or oblong) in shape than corn. Corn kernels tend to be more yellow, and more squatter, with a parallelogram-look to them, if the kernel is flipped upside down, with the bottom part more curved and smoother. The plants themselves are different: corn is much taller, with wider leaves, and the cobs are located right on the side of the stems. Rice, on the other hand, has much narrower leaves, and the seeds are grown from the top of the plant, and have a pattern to them called a Raceme, where the seed head is kind of lacy, not cramped altogether like corn is.

Farm Crops

How many kernels in a bushel of wheat?

Wheat can vary from 10,000 to 20,000 kernels per pound, but if one assumes the middle rate at 15,000 per pound, then there would be about 900,000 kernels in a bushel.


How many m2 is 6 acres?

24,281.13853 m². See the complete algebraic steps below:

6 acres*6272640 in²

1 acres*6.4516 cm²

1 in²*1 m²

10000 cm²=24,281.13853 m²

Homeowner's Insurance

Where can you obtain farm insurance?

Farm InsuranceAsk your current Property and Casualty lines Insurance Agent to start with.

Family farms can usually be covered under Personal Property lines and will usually be cheaper.

Hobby farms can often be covered under a Personal Homeowners Insurance Policy.

If the Owner is a Corporate entity then it will most likely be classified as Commercial Property lines. Corporate Owners generally experience Higher Risk exposures.

Also note that most states have a state Farm Bureau organization which offers Farm Insurance. State Farm Insurance only offers farm insurance for small family and Hobby farms. You can also talk with your local Farm Services Agency or your county extension agent for further information.

Travel & Places

Where is the world's largest corn silo located?

A "silo" is normally used for the storage of fodder such as corn silage or haylage. However, if you meant the largest grain bin, the largest one I know of is in Arthur, Iowa, USA. It has a diameter of 135 feet, a peak height of 131 feet, and holds over 1.2 million bushels of grain corn. See the related link below.

Animal Life

What is Agric science?

Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses that parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.

Agriscience- Is the application of scientific principles of agriculture.

Math and Arithmetic

How many acres is 250000 sq ft?

5.739210285 acres. See the complete algebraic steps below:

250,000 ft²*1 acres

43560 ft²=5.739210285 acres

Math and Arithmetic
Word Brain Teasers

How many square feet in a 24 foot circle?

452.39 square feet.


What country grows the most corn in the world?


Farm Crops

How many bushel of ear corn make up a bushel of shelled corn?

It varies due to ear size, length, weight, and type of corn, but a decent average is about 1.6 bushels ear corn to make one bushel of shelled.


Why Terai is called the granary of Nepal?


Terai is called the granary of Nepal as more than half percent of people of Nepal depend on the vegetation of Terai region. Terai is plain, where more cultivation is possible. Cultivation is impossible in mountain region due to difficult topography and temperate region and even in hilly region with lots of vegetation it's not possible due to slope area. Terai is only the possible region where much cultivation is possible. Different kinds of vegetation, valuable medicinal herbs, important trees, etc. are found in Terai region. So, Terai region is called the granary of Nepal.

Farm Crops
How To

How to measure the moisture content of corn?

Easiest and quickest way: purchase a moisture-testing meter and follow the instructions.

Less expensive way, but takes longer: weigh a sample as accurately as possible, then heat at a temperature high enough to drive out the moisture, but not so high as to start to oxidize or burn the corn. Weigh the sample again, then put the numbers into the formula below:

Grain moisture content (in % pts.) = ((Beginning weight of sample minus ending weight) divided by beginning weight) times 100

Horse Diet and Nutrition

Is there a difference between alfalfa hay and alfalfa meal?

There is. Alfalfa hay is exactly that, hay. Your horse should never eat a first or second cutting. This is usually what dairy cows eat, the protein content is too high for a horse. Alfalfa meal is chopped alfalfa hay mixed with other things incuding molasses. Horses love alfalfa meal and it is a great thing to feed if you have a 'hard keeper'. (a horse that is hard to keep weight on) But remember, just like any sweet feed or grain it has a higher protein percentage and can make your horse run a little 'hot'.


What is horticultural maturity?

it is a stage when the development of tissues is complete and the fruits and vegetables are ready to harvest after ripen


Is potato a Rabi or Kharif crop?

It is a kharif crop;

potatoes prefer short days and long cool nights for better tuberization, hence it is a winter crop, Rabi crop is also shown during winter season. Therefore, potato is a rabi crop. Although in places like Willingdon (Tamil Nadu, India) it is grown all the year round.


Who invented the Grain Elevator?

Oliver Evans was the first person to invent the grain elevator in England. Joseph Dart Jr., an American merchant adapted Evans' designs for a more commercial framework for use as shipment from lakers to boat canals. The actual design and and construction of the world's first steam-powered "grain storage and transfer warehouse" was created and executed by engineer Robert Dunbar.

History of the United States
Century - 1800s

What was one result of the boom in US farm production in the 1870s?

Successes in US farm production led to additional money to spend, which led to acting on big dreams without much planning. This led to farmers incurring more and bigger debts because they figured the fortune would continue. By 1881, a mini financial depression occurred nationwide. Farmers who over-extended their spending and credit owed couldn't pay off their debts. In many cases, people went bankrupt. This ended up in middle-aged grandsons and great-grandsons losing the family farm their ancestors owned starting in 1800-1830. People lost everything.


Does corn have wheat in it?

No. Corn is Corn and Wheat is Wheat. Two different plants.

Civil Engineering

What is the difference between Sandy Clay and Clayey Sand?

Their both the same, really, just two different names for sand with clay in it, however one might have more clay in one (sandy clay) than the other (clayey sand), but only by miniscule amounts.


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