Monday, 9 February 2015

Global Share of Farms /According to Land Size

Global Share of Farms /According to Land Size
Here are few stats regarding global farm share according to size. The general facts are that more than 500 million families are active in farming, majority of which have small-sized farms.
The total number of farms across the world amount to 460, spanning across 111 countries, although the difficulty to extract data makes it harder to deem these figures as exact.
Globally, the large farms are more dominant in countries with high income level. Distribution of land is even in countries with low incomes.

  • 72 percent of all farms measure less than one hectare. It is 8 percent of total agriculture land.
  • 12 percent of farms are 1-2 hectares. They constitute 4 percent of total land.
  • 10 percent of the farms are 2-5 hectares. They amount to 7 percent of land.
  • Only 3 percent of the farms are between 5 to 10 hectares.
  • Just 1 percent of the farms measure between 10-20 hectares, but surprisingly, these farms amount to 65% of the total land. Most of these are owned and operated by large families.
  • Only 2% of the farms are larger than 20 hectares.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Tractors and Their History

The word tractor comes from Latin “trahere” which means to pull. As one can tell, the tractors are used for pulling things although the developments have made it more versatile and today, they can be used to serve tens of purposes.

Early tractors were steam-engine powered machines known as traction engine and were unstable because of steam-power. Those instabilities led to the use of internal combustion engine within the machine which made it safer for famers. Another problem with old tractors is that the user could get trapped inside, but that too has been resolved in the mid-late 20th century.

Tractors of Today
Most of the tractors were also manufactured with no protection from a roll-over. This would mean that the user was always at a risk of a tractor roll-over. However, this concern was entertained by New Zealand which used a roll-over protection system to protect the driver’s life by integrating a durable top over the vehicle. With ROPS, farmers can safely take their tractor on steep slopes and uneven surfaces.

The newer builds also house a GPS and an on-board computer to guide farmers more accurately. For more productivity, farmers can now use new and old models together.

Before industrial revolution, there were no machines that would lift the farmer’s burden. But since the day industrialization took over, tractors have eased a farmer’s job and it must be said that these tractors have not only reduced workload, but they have rather become a necessity because otherwise in today’s demanding times, it would be impossible to fulfill the needs manually. 

With the times, tractors have also developed and the new models are now more powerful, more accurate, more productive and more secure.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

3 Important Kinds of Fertilizers

Fertilizers are used as a fuel to the crops. Without fertilizer, crops would simply die-off. Usually, we use cow or horse manure in the fields, but that is not all. There are other kinds of fertilizers as well. They vary in their chemical composition and in some ingredients.

Environmentalists have been in the labs for years to strike a balance between organic (natural) fertilizers and otherwise, known as inorganic fertilizers. Farmers on the other hand, use the type based on:
  • Crop type, 
  • The conditions,
  • The cost,
  • The field, and
  • Their personal preference.

Types of Fertilizers
Some key types of fertilizers are:
  1. Organic fertilizers
  2. Chemical fertilizers
  3. Mixed fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers
These are made from organic components like seaweed, crab shells, manure, fish emulsion etc. They can also be subdivided into natural and synthetic. Synthetic variety is composed artificially, however it still uses organic elements. All of organic fertilizers are rich in nutrients but they do however, rely extensively over strategic planning and crop rotation.

Chemical Fertilizers
Chemical fertilizers are completely synthetic. The key component of these fertilizers include NPK(an abbreviation for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium), all of which are obtained from artificial sources. 

Because the gases involved in these fertilizers are experiencing a price boom, the costs of these fertilizers are also increasing. Some of the common synthetically produced chemical fertilizers are Ammonium nitrate, potassium sulfate, and superphosphate.

Mixed Fertilizers
Unlike organic – which uses 100% organic elements – and chemical fertilizers – which are made up of synthetic elements – these fertilizers are part organic part inorganic(synthetic). Mixed variety incorporates potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus to increase productivity level.
This is the type mostly preferred because it involves less costs and pleases environmentalist farmers to a certain extent as well.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Here’s How To Effectively Harvest your Potatoes

Potatoes take around 80-120 days to get ready for pickings. And if you’re seeing those yellow vines and browning it should be your actual clue that they are ready. 

Potatoes can be plucked by hands or by use of a shovel. You can also use a harvester if the field is immense and the job is too much for human hands. But in case you decide to use manual tools, go for pitchfork.

By Tools
·         When harvesting the plants manually using a tool, keep the instrument a few inches apart from the row.
·         Start digging at a vertical angle. Next, lean on the tool to uncover the plant safely.

·         Get all the potatoes the same way, or as much as you like.

By Hands
·         If the task is manageable by hands, then slide your hand inside the field up to the palm.
·         Run your hand in 5 inches diameter to check if you’ve picked them up cleanly. 

·         Clear the tubers as they may interfere with the crops next season and hamper the efficient growth.
The prerequisite for efficient farming is a sunny morning. Other helpful tips include brushing the dirt and leaving potatoes in the sun to dry them off. 

Note that potatoes can be preserved by leaving them underground. If you do not need all of those potatoes, leave them underground and come back later when you do.

Whatever you do, do not pick them too early or you’ll get those fingerling potatoes.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Why Do People Prefer Organic Foods?

We've seen a recent turn in consumption trends. People of 21st century are more inclined towards natural items. Be it natural soap or natural food, as long as it has the label 'organic' over it, it has their attention.

So why this sudden shift?

A study was conducted to gain insight to this burning question and the results were following:

The result is as follows (in descending order of responses):

  • Most people (nearly 60 percent) do not want chemicals on their plate. they want to keep it safe.
  • Around 54 percent feel it supports local farmers.
  • More than 37 percent of people believe organic food to be more nutritious.
  • Nearly 36 percent found it tastier than conventionally grown food.
  • 22.22 percent said it protects water quality.
  • 14.8 percent feel it reduces traces of carbon.
  •  Around 9 percent feel it is convenient.
Experts are currently studying to what extent these beliefs hold true. For now, people will continue to pay the premium for food labeled organic.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

New Holland Tractors for Sale

New Holland Tractors is an agricultural giant. It is part of Fiat group. The original company, founded in New Holland in 1895 was acquired by Sperry Co. in 1970s and by Ford in ’86, ultimately by Fiat and CNH.

Since the 2013 merger, the tractors are being produced by CNH Industrial. The agricultural division of New Holland also produces combine harvesters, forage harvesters, sprayers, balers, haying accessories, and farm implements. However their tractors top the list of demanded products.

Recently, New Holland’s groundbreaking innovations have granted New Holland awards in innovation and designs. One of the revolutionary innovations of New Holland Tractors include NH2, a hydrogen powered tractor that can be refilled with renewable sources. 

Some of the most famous tractor models of New Holland include NH 480, New Holland 55-56, NH 70-56 TD 95 s, NH 6610, NH 8340and NH 8970.

New Holland’s list of award include at least 5 “Silver medals for Innovation” from German Agricultural Society, 6 AE50 awards for “Engineering Innovation” from ASABE(USA) and a “Silver medal for technical innovation” from France.

Other innovations of New Holland include ABS Super Steer System, Intellifil and Opti Fan System among others. 

Owing to the success of the brand, the company’s tractors are demanded all over the world and hence the New Holland, Pennsylvania only serves as North American HQ now. The administrative HQ of New Holland Agricultures is in Turin, Italy owing to strategic distribution policy.

New Holland has a chain of licensed distributors which make the tractors available in every corner of the world. Farmers searching for New Holland Tractors for sale can look for nearest distributor or search online for best New Holland Tractor suppliers.