Fun Ag Facts III

  • fun ag fact of the day: 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.
  • fun ag fact of the day: More than 32.5 million pounds of peanuts were used in April to make peanut candy.
  • fun ag fact of the day: male elk (bulls) live 12-14 years. Female elk (cows) live 15-20 years.
  • fun ag fact of the day: There are more than 70,000 types of soil in the U.S.
  • fun ag fact of the day: every strawberry, no matter the size, has around 200 seeds.
  • fun ag fact of the day: In 1830, Jan Lammers discovered the endive from a chicory root that he left stored in his cellar. The chicory root sprouted white leaves and became what is known as the endive. The endive was introduced in Paris in 1872. It was so popular, that it was called “white gold.”
  • fun ag fact of the day: Each crop that farmer grow requires different nutrients from soil, so farmers rotate their crops from field to field to maximize nutrient use.
  • fun ag fact of the day: There are approximately 30 almond varieties produced in California orchards. Did you know the Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm?
  • fun ag fact of the day: one bale of cotton can make 3,085 diapers.
  • Fun ag fact of the day: avocado fruit ripens only after it is plucked from the tree. Mature fruits can be left unplucked in the trees for as much as 6 months or even more and the fruit will not get spoilt as long as it is in the tree. Once you pluck the fruit from the tree, it will ripen in a few days.
  • fun ag fact of the day: turkeys can see in color and have excellent visual acuity and a 270 degree field of vision. Just try to sneak up on one!
  • fun ag fact of the day: professionals routinely trim dairy cattle’s hooves to keep the cows comfortable and their hooves healthy.
  • fun ag fact of the day: Goats don’t eat tin cans. They like plants, and prefer leaves to grass.
  • fun ag fact of the day: in 2003, China exported 15.2 million tons of corn. In 2011, it will import 1.2 million tons from U.S
  • fun ag fact of the day: Each day, an average cow produces enough milk to make 9 pounds of cheese.
  • Did you know that the equivalent to 60 jumbo jets of people die from hunger each day?
  • fun ag fact of the day: Precision autoguidance on sprayer equipment saves 5-17% in applied product, allowing farmers to be more enviro friendly!
  • fun ag fact of the day: A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.
  • fun ag fact of the day: a camelid is a cud-chewing, camel-like animal without a hump, including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • fun ag fact of the day: There are around 2000 different plant types that humans use to cultivate food.
  • fun ag fact of the day: Compared to conventional varieties, biotech crops in the U.S. has reduced pesticide use by 357 million pounds from 1996-2007.
  • fun ag fact of the day: chickens absorb vitamin-D through their combs from sunshine
  • fun ag fact of the day: A GMO is any plant, bacterium or animal with altered genetic material, including through conventional breeding.
    fun ag fact of the day: To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.
  • fun ag fact of the day: over 10 million farmers from 22 countries plant biotech crops (that’s GMOs).
  • fun ag fact of the day: pomegranates grow in dry areas of Arizona and California and are native to India.
  • fun ag fact of the day: A horse typically sleeps 2 to 3 hours a day and that is generally done on 3 legs!
  • fun ag fact of the day: An acre is equal to 43,560 sq. ft. which is about the size of a football field.
  • fun ag fact of the day: Most beef in Brazil are grass fed bulls and it takes about 4.5 years to finish (finish means ready to harvest/slaughter).
  • fun ag fact of the day: California produces 95 percent of the nation’s apricot supply.
  • fun ag fact of the day: The U.S. provides about 80% of the world’s corn and is the world’s largest exporter of corn
  • fun ag fact of the day: It takes 540 peanuts to produce one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • fun ag fact of the day: The oldest pig in the world lived until he was 68!
  • fun ag fact of the day: A pig doubles it’s birth weight in 7 days.
  • fun ag fact of the day: one bale of cotton can make 690 terry bath towels.
  • fun ag fact of the day: Most eggs are actually laid between the hours of 7 -11 AM.
  • fun ag fact of the day: It takes a combine 9 seconds to harvest enough wheat to make 70 loaves of bread
  • fun ag fact (from Ms. Jesse R. Bussard): Farming and our U. S. food system now accounts for 20 percent of our nation’s GDP, about $3 trillion of the $14 trillion total. In fact, our farming and food system output alone is higher than the total GDPs of Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Canada or India just to name a few.
  • fun ag fact of the day: The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia. Currently Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the U.S.
  • fun ag fact of the day: Not all sheep have wool.The primary difference between hair sheep and wooled sheep is the ratio of hair to wool fibers.
  • All sheep have both types of fibers. Hair sheep have more hair fibers and wool sheep have more wool fibers. Wooled sheep need sheared. Hair sheep do not.
  • ag fact of the day: In North America, added hormones are not approved for use in any commercial poultry or egg production. (but remember there is no such thing as hormone free food! All living things, plants, animals, have hormones!)
  • fun ag fact of the day: potato blight, cause of Irish potato famine, can be prevented by modern fungicides, helping prevent similar shortage.

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  1. linesbylinda

    You may enjoy my latest poem about the last harvest: http://linesbylinda.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/one-more-harvest/

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