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Fun Ag Facts XIII

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: A ½ cup serving of cooked collard greens contains 150% percent of the daily value for vitamin A.

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: Texas is the top producer of wool in the United States, followed by California, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

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: 89,400 acres of ponds are used for farm-raised catfish production in the United States. 

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: The eggplant is actually considered a fruit.

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.

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Giveway: Meg Made Scarf

I love fall. Hoodies, scarves and boots are wardrobe staples in my world. In fact, I had my Grandma teach me how to crochet in high school because I loved scarves so much, but was too cheap/poor to buy them. It’s actually been one of those skills that have come in pretty handy. I found crocheting is a very soothing hobby, and since half the time I’m wound tighter than a two dollar watch, I became a very prolific scarf maker.

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In college, I would start crocheting around the beginning of finals. By the time finals were over I’d usually have about 20 scarves made. I would then sell them at holiday craft shows, where my Mom sold her soap. It was a quick way to make some beer money for vacation!

My jobs have been pretty stressful lately, so I picked up the crocheting hook again. Since it is fall, I think a Meg made scarf would be the perfect giveaway!

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You know the drill. Leave me a comment and next Friday I will use random.org to pick a winner!

Good luck!

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