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Why would a farmer replow and replant fields of corn?

I drive past multiple small farms on my way to work every day. All of the farms plowed and planted their corn several weeks ago. One farm in particular had already planted, the corn was growing in its little rows, etc. But then one morning this farm's fields were empty again-- completely replowed. Now, a short time later, a new crop of new corn is growing. Why? Why would a farmer decide to scrap multiple fields of a crop that is already growing? I've been seriously tempted to knock on the farmhouse door and ask, because I'm so very curious about what would justify the expense and lost growing time. Help me understand with your agri-wisdom! [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Jun 15, 2016 - 11 answers

CSA (Community-supported agriculture) in the Bay Area

I've been half-assedly looking into joining a CSA/getting a box of produce weekly for a while now and really haven't made much head way on deciding. I'd love to hear personal recommendations or warning about being over-produced from Mefites. Worth it? What's your favorite farms or providers? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2016 - 16 answers

Sustainable farming, professional development, and funding?

I'd like to take a certificate course course in Sustainable Farming and Foods. My employer, a non-profit, lacks the funds. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on May 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Odd cultivation method in fallow fields

I live in an area with a lot of agriculture. Being late November, most of the crops have been harvested, and the soil has been cultivated to prepare for the next planting. In most of the fallow fields this means that they've made long, raised rows. In some of the fields, though, the soil has been formed into perfectly spaced hillocks about one foot tall. 1) Why? 2) What kind of farm implement makes these mounds? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Grow food in a giant cave?

I'm working on a story where some people live in a cave and have to grow their own food inside. I would like some idea of what could realistically be grown in this situation (more details below). [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Seeking happy farming/homesteading blogs

I am looking for blogs that deal with small-scale farming, homesteading, and sustainable living. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Apr 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Big Apple Juice: where's a good French cider selection in NYC?

I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Dec 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Suggestions for business deal presentation

Some months from now, I hope to sit down with some companies interested in buying a particular kind of soap. I'm looking for any suggestions, best practices, or wisdom about how such a presentation should be structured, what information a buyer would like to know, etc. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

What crops use commercial bee hives for pollenation(like almonds)?

I've just learned that commercial bee keepers often rent their bees to farmers to pollinate their crops. Here is an example of what I'm talking about. Can anyone provide me with a list of crops that use this method to pollinate their crops or the means to find out for myself? [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 1, 2013 - 22 answers

Why all the horsemeat?

I've followed the hooplah in Europe from a distance and am puzzled as to where all this horsemeat is coming from. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Mar 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Are there good crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture?

I was wondering if there are good examples of crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture. Novels like In True Blood, or Gillian Flynn's Dark Places or the new Image Comics series Revival. I'm interested in discovering if there's more crime fiction not set in cities, but more rural and based around farming.
posted by Peemster on Jan 14, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me look a step ahead

What will the next type of major land conversion in California be? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Sustainability in Detroit?

Going to Detroit. I need recommendations on the cool places to see regeneration, sustainable initiatives, parks, art, urban agriculture, etc. (the innovative stuff that makes Detroit awesome!) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

What kind of apples are these?

Can you identify these apples in an orchard? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 answers

How bountiful is your CSA?

Participants in CSA/Community Supported Agriculture/local farm cropshares-- on average, how much produce does your regular share contain? How does the overall cost stack up against retail veggie pricing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 28, 2012 - 31 answers

What was the feeding capacity of land in Feudal Japan?

I'm reading The Story of Civilization and I came across a quote that doesn't quite parse. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Forgotten Greek philosopher

ClassicsFilter: looking for a Greek politician (or philosopher?) who makes an analogy between politics and agriculture. [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. on Jul 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell me about water.

Looking for facts about water, in part because I'd like to pass them on to a conservative friend. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 8, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm too anxious and tired from overthinking how to do this to go to grad school.

Precedents/ideas for molding agriculture, food/cooking, health, and psychology together into a meaningful, practical career? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun on Mar 26, 2012 - 11 answers

What should an economics major do in agricultural development?

Help! What should an economics major do in agricultural development? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Jan 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Books on the history of agriculture

Can you recommend good books on the history of agriculture? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Nov 22, 2011 - 11 answers

What happens when the Canadian Wheat Board monopsony goes away?

The Canadian Wheat Board's monopsony is being abolished. If I were a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, what could I expect to see over the next five years? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Oct 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Career options for the culturally confused

What could I do as an nth career at this point? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Jun 12, 2011 - 8 answers


Are you a lawyer? A Michigander? A farmer? Or just someone who knows about zoning? Come in, come in! [more inside]
posted by Leta on Feb 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes?

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes? I NEED people to pick up their shares. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jan 15, 2011 - 39 answers

What should vegetarians do with a field?

What can vegetarians do with a field? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Sep 6, 2010 - 28 answers

What does this postcard mean?

I recently received these antique postcards from a friend (with no explanation) and I'd like to know what exactly they are. They're of Soviet/Eastern European origin and seem to relate to radio somehow. [more inside]
posted by hafehd on May 7, 2010 - 6 answers

The oil field

Will my parents be able to get any compensation due to a neighbour's oil leak? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on Apr 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me find out where my food comes from & how it's disposed when living in Europe.

I'm having a hard time finding information about the agriculture and trash systems & practices in Europe. Basically I'd like to know where my food comes from and how waste is disposed of when living there. When I pick up a piece of produce from Portugal, I want to understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Sand Gardening For Dummies

I am trying to create a garden on an extremely sandy soil. I am going to bring a foot worth of quality soil from outside. What would be my best bet? Raised beds? Wide Rows? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Startup costs for a small farm?

Organic Farming Startup: any guide to capital costs out there? Starting an organic farm in North Florida... [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Apparently, cows can't tell that I'm a vegetarian.

I can find plenty about bear safety and mountain lion safety, but little similar info about cattle. What safety measures can I, a city boy, take in order to keep from being stampeded, gored or otherwise killed or injured by cattle as I am a guest in their pastures? What behaviors can I look for in cattle to give me a feel for how they feel about us when we're near them? [more inside]
posted by The Potate on Feb 14, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me to find land for farming!

I am a farmer without a farm... What are my options of leasing some land for agriculture purposes? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Are meat and leather production correlated?

What proportion of leather comes from animals whose other parts are ultimately consumed by humans for food? What proportion of leather-bearing food animals' skins are ultimately made into leather? How would i find out? [more inside]
posted by dkg on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there more world hunger today or 200 years ago?

Is there more world hunger today or 200 years ago, globally and in the USA? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I learn about and collect images of the seed signs that are posted along large agricultural fields?

Agriculture Industry Filter: After a recent drive across the mid-western United States, I became very intrigued by the variety of signs along the road that seemed to be trademark or branding markers for the types of seeds being grown in the various fields. (1) Does anyone know the purpose of these? (2) Seen a collection of them online? or (3) Know how one might properly refer to them in order to go about collecting images of them?
posted by refractal on Aug 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Tomatofilter: 2% chance I'm crazy; 98% chance something (good) is up with our country's tomatos.

Tomato question: Did something happen late last Autumn that could have caused low-priced/budget tomatoes in (U.S.) fast-food restaurants and supermarkets to become radically better tasting? My perception of increased quality had a sudden onset, was not chain-specific, not geographically localized, and is shared by a handful of friends. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Aug 17, 2009 - 13 answers

What "green job" can I get with these plant science degrees?

I have a BS in Horticulture (UGA) and will soon have an MS in Crop Science (NCSU). I've spent most of my life in school and now I'm nearing the end and need to know: What kind of jobs can these degrees help me get? [more inside]
posted by bengarland on Jul 17, 2009 - 9 answers

How far can corn pollen drift in the wind?

How far can corn pollen drift in the wind? 1 mile? 10 miles? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on May 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Farmer Cell Phone?

Trying to find a cell phone for my Dad, a farmer, who spends lots of time in noisy barns and on the tractor. In both cases, the ring and vibration features of a normal phone don't register. Is there a sturdy, simple phone with a very powerful vibration function (ideally one that builds gradually, so it doesn't shock the user!)? One compatible with ATT would be ideal.
posted by harnharn on May 12, 2009 - 9 answers

where can I buy open pollinated seeds?

Is there a place in eastern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire where I can purchase open pollinated/heirloom seeds in person? Prefer Metro-West, but I'll go where the seeds are.
posted by Mayor Curley on Feb 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Where did flour come from?

Where did flour come from? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Feb 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Science fiction that involves farming?

Does anyone know of examples of science fiction about farming? I am especially interested in illustrated stories, movies, comic books, or anything with pictures. [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Feb 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Critical thinking about food

What made you first think about how your food is produced? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Jan 23, 2009 - 40 answers

Agriculture research sample

Research-filter: Where to obtain a large sample of agriculture/agribusiness opinion leaders? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Oct 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Ground Apples: To the apple-cider heap?

Apple picking: from the ground or the tree? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Sep 17, 2008 - 9 answers

How does one legally identify meat as not for human use?

How does one legally identify meat as not for human use? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Sep 3, 2008 - 6 answers

What does organic mean in practice?

What does "organic" mean in practice? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Aug 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Seeking Ag Blogs

What are the good sustainable agriculture blogs? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 3, 2008 - 5 answers

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