fun ag fact of the day: A new technique called “precision farming” boosts crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer and crop protection applications to local soil conditions.
fun ag fact of the day: 1/2 cup of raw carrot sticks contains 150% of your daily value of vitamin A.
Fun ag fact of the day: Carrot references can be found in many part of the arts and sciences. Carrots have been included in several major works of art and helped in identifying species in the 16th century using the paintings of the Dutch masters.
fun ag fact of the day: Iceberg is a head lettuce that is very low in nutritional value and flavor. The most abundant nutrient in iceberg lettuce is water. Dark green lettuce leaves always indicate higher fiber, flavor and nutritional value.
Fun ag fact of the day: The spine and ribs of lettuce provide dietary fiber, while vitamins and minerals are concentrated in the delicate leaf portion.
fun ag fact of the day: Lettuce, except iceberg, is also a moderately good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and copper.
fun ag fact of the day: If possible, do not cut or slice lettuce leaves in advance. Damaged, cut lettuce leaves release an ascorbic acid oxidase, which destroys vitamin C and causes the cut edges to discolor.
Fun ag fact of the day: Sheep are usually shorn once a year in the spring to keep them cool and harvest their fleece.
Fun ag fact of the day: There are 47 breeds of sheep in the United States. Fine wool breeds, long wool breeds, dual purpose breeds, hair breeds and minor breeds are types of sheep that can be used for their wool or hair.
Fun ag fact of the day: Wool is flame-resistant. It will not melt and stick to your skin like synthetic fibers. Instead, wool will usually smolder and extinguish itself when the source of the flame has been removed.
Fun ag fact of the day: Doll makers used to use wool from the Cotswold breed for dolls hair because of its beautiful ringlets.
Fun ag fact of the day: Wool can be felted, knitted, spun, woven, crocheted and more. It can even be used to make insulation, carpet, pool table baize, tennis balls, mulch, and mattress filling.
Fun ag fact of the day: Farm-raised catfish tend to be more consistent because of their scientifically formulated diets and constant care.
Fun ag fact of the day: 94 percent of all farm-raised catfish in the United States is raised in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas.
Fun ag fact of the day: Alabama boasts 22,000 water acres of fish farms. It is home to nearly 200 commercial farmers who produce 25 different aquatic species.
Fun ag fact of the day: Mature catfish lay 3,000 to 4,000 eggs annually per pound of body weight.
fun ag fact of the day: Eggplants are related to tobacco, and actually contain a small amount of nicotine, though to a lesser extent than tobacco.
fun ag fact of the day: An eggplant is almost 95 percent water.
fun ag fact of the day: In 2010, an estimated 159.8 million pounds of eggplants were grown in the U.S.
fun ag fact of the day: About 98 percent of eggplants grown in the country are produced for fresh market, with the remainder used for processed products like frozen entrees and specialty dips.
fun ag fact of the day: The eggplant received its name back when white, egg-shaped varieties of the fruit were more common.