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Agricultural Terms: Part II
In our previous post, we made our way through agricultural terms beginning with the letters A–E. In our continued quest to explore the practice of farming, we’ll take you through letters F–L. So join us as we continue to learn about agriculture through the alphabet.
A farming tool is an implement that can help you accomplish any agricultural taskyou’ve set out to do. From agricultural machines to gardening tools, such instruments are so commonplace you have probably used a farming tool even if you didn’t realize it. Specific examples of farming tools include a bagging hook (similar to large sickle), a cattle prod, or even a gandasa (a Punjabi implement).
Harvesting, the act of gathering crops from fields once they have matured, is one of the most important parts of farming. Larger, more mechanized farms have sophisticated machinery such as used combines which we have in our dealer pages. However, on smaller farms, tasks are much more manual. Many parts of the world offer cultural celebrations in honor of the harvest; these vary by season and originated many years ago.
When people hear the term irrigation, they think of the method of watering crops that the Egyptians used by flooding out the Nile. Today, however, irrigation is defined as the application of water to land or soil. While we still use irrigation to grow crops, we also use it to water our lawns via sprinkler systems.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) classifies three kinds of land as agricultural area: arable land, permanent crop such as orchards or vineyards, and permanent pastures, land that is naturally grassy in order for livestock to feed (i.e., meadows).
From farming tools to harvesting and irrigation, agriculture continues to take many forms. Watch for our continued journery through our alphabet of agricultural terms; next time we’ll make our way to the letter R!
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