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Agfact Day #18

In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.

wild turkey

Raising Turkeys

  • In 2011, more than 248 million Turkeys were raised; the average lightweight bird weighed 28lbs with nearly 6 Billion pounds of turkey processed.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 45 million Turkeys will be cooked on Thanksgiving Day.  That is 1/6 of all the Turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.

Other Facts about Turkeys

  • Female Turkeys do not gobble
  • Wild Turkeys were native of Eastern United States
  • Turkeys have no external ears but have great hearing
  • Turkeys can see color
  • Domestic Turkeys can not fly but Wild Turkeys can
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Bountiful Harvest

Agfact #16

A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound commercial loaves of white bread OR about 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread. There is approximately 16 ounces of flour in a one-and-a-half pound loaf of bread.



A bushel of wheat also makes…

  • 42 lbs of pasta or 210 servings of spaghetti
  • 42 lbs of white flour or 60 lbs of whole wheat flour
  • 45 24-ounce boxes of wheat flake cereal

Other Wheat Fact

  • One bushel of wheat contains approximately one million individual kernels.
  • Wheat is grown in 24 states. Kansas leads the states for producing the most wheat with North Dakota being a close second.
  • One bushel of Wheat = 60lbs and One acre of wheat produces 2400lbs

Learn more about growing Wheat


Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Light as Cotton

AgFact #13

A bale of cotton weighs about 500 pounds and it can make…….

  • 215 Pairs of Jeans
  • 249 Bed Sheets
  • 409 Men’s Sport Shirts
  • 690 Terry Bath Towels
  • 765 Men’s Dress Shirts
  • 1,217 Men’s T-Shirts
  • 1,256 Pillowcases
  • 2,104 Pairs of Boxer Shorts
  • 2,419 Pairs of Men’s Briefs
  • 3,085 Diapers
  • 4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
  • 6,436 Pairs of Women’s Knit Briefs
  • 21,960 Women’s Handkerchiefs
  • 313,600 $100 Bills

Thank you to America’s Cotton Farmers! Visit JPLovesCotton Blog to see photos from Cotton fields and learn more facts.

Fact was provided by the America’s Farmer Website


Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Trading Horse Drawn Power for Horsepower

Agfact  #12

Farm equipment has evolved dramatically from the team of horses used in the early 1900s.

Today’s four-wheel drive tractors have the power of 40- 300 horses. This makes for a large capital investment, as farmers pay anywhere from $97,000 for an average 160 horsepower tractor to $170,000 for a four-wheel drive model.

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Soldier Pigs and the War

Agfact  #11

Soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.

Other fact about Pork and War:

  • During the War of 1812, a New York pork packer named Uncle Sam Wilson shipped a boatload of several hundred barrels of pork to U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped “U.S.” on the docks. The “U.S.” stood for “Uncle Sam” whose shipment seemed large enough to feed the entire army. This is how “Uncle Sam” came to represent the U.S. Government.



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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Cow Sugar

AgFact Day #9:        Black Angus Cattle have gray-rough tongues.

Purebred Angus Cow

Many people who visit our beef farm are surprised to learn that the color of the tongue of our purebred Angus Cattle are grey.  The tongue surface is also very rough.

I do not recommend that you get as close as my daughter to examine a cow’s tongue. Remember this is a cow she owns and works with every day.  They have earned each other’s trust.

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Corny Facts for AgFact Day 8

AgFact Day#8

America’s corn farmers are by far the most productive in the world, growing 20% more corn per acre than any other nation. Source: USDA


Why US Corn Growers break records ever year?

  • Knowledge handed down by generation by generation of families growing corn on family-owned land.
  • Advancement in the Seed – Investment in Research is the key to success.

Plant breeders today have advanced tools to better predict which desirable characteristics will come from its two parents. They can identify seeds with potential and determine those characteristics before a single seed is ever planted in the ground. Add the advances gained through biotechnology and the potential from mapping the corn genome, and it’s safe to say today’s yields – unimagined only a generation ago – are just the beginning      -2012 The Corn Fact Book

Visit the Corn Farmers Coalition site to see other great information about Corn.  Thank you to Illinois Corn Growers and Corn Farmers Coalition for these great facts.


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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Starbucks and Milk

Agfact Day #7: Starbucks uses over 2% of the nation’s annual milk supply – brought to my attention by great agriculture blog,  Beef Jar by Megan Brown

Decaf Pike Place™ Roast

Starbucks uses over 93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools

From Cows to Starbucks

Dairy Cows (female) not Beef Cows produce 90% of the nation’s milk supply. Dairy Farmers milk cows each day. Most farmers milk by machine.

Dairy Cow

Milk is carried by refrigerator truck from the farm to processing plants. Processors pasteurized the milk and bottle it for stores.

Fun Facts about Milk

  • It takes about 345 squirts to produce one gallon of milk.
  • A cow udder holds between 25 and 50 pounds of pure milk.
  • A single cow yields about 90 glasses of milk per day or about 200,000 glasses of milk per lifetime.
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Historical Agfacts about Soybeans

 AgFacts Day#5:  History of Soybeans

Soybeans are legume grown by U.S. Farmers. Presently, the soybean is used in variety ways from livestock feed to tofu to oil to plastic

  • As early as 5,000 years ago, farmers in China grew soybeans.
  • In 1804, a Yankee clipper ship brought soybeans to the U.S. When leaving China, sailors loaded the ship with soybeans as an inexpensive ballast. When they arrived in the U.S. they dumped the soybeans to make room for cargo.
  • In 1829, U.S. farmers first grew soybeans. They raised a variety for soy sauce.
  • During the Civil War, soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.
  • George Washington Carver began studying the soybean. His discoveries changed the way people thought about the soybean; no longer was it just a forage crop. Now its beans provided valuable protein and oil.
  • In 1929 U.S. Farmers grew 9 million soybeans, in 1940 78 million, and today 2 billion

US Soybean Facts

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Protecting the Land

AgFact Day#3

The same land that provides food and open space for raising cattle also offers a home for many types of wildlife, including threatened and endangered species of fish, mammals, birds and plants.

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Ag Facts


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