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Explores the most very important makes use of of the land: the construction of agriculture. This publication is helping readers research that farms and ranches produce even more than nutrients; yet scientists, farmers, ranchers, and different landowners have not solved conservation difficulties - but.
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Land use and ownership, the amount of irrigated land, fertilizers and chemicals used, and types of machinery and equipment used are also determined from the surveys. The surveys provide current information about production, economics, and environmental topics. The five-year census of agriculture is the most comprehensive, detailed information-gathering program for agriculture anywhere. NASS is often referred to as the Fact Finders of Agriculture. Besides helping the farmer get a fair price for products he or she produces, the Census of Agriculture data helps the United States plan for the future by having a safe and secure food supply.
The rake fluffs the hay up so it will dry and not grow mildew— which grazing animals do not like. Balers are machines that scoop up the hay after it has been cut. The baler gathers the hay into bundles by compressing the grass and tying it with a string. Hay bales can be big and round or small and rectangular, depending on the baler used. After the hay is baled, it is moved into a haystack or into a barn for storage using a front-end loader. The front-end loader has a bucket fitted on it with a protruding steel spike.
Many conservation practices were begun, such as replanting the grass, planting tree windbreaks (called shelter belts), crop rotation, contour plowing, and strip plowing. The SES and CCC also showed farmers new scientific agricultural methods to help them protect the fragile ecosystem of the Southern Plains. The historian Robert Worster wrote the following about this period: The ultimate meaning of the dust storms of the 1930s was that America as a whole, not just the Plains, was badly out of The history of american farming balance with its natural environment.