Month: February 2017

The Truth About Starting a Farm

The Truth About Starting a Farm

 

I have a farmer friend who loves to give advice about starting a farm. The main advice he gives is to don’t do it. He tells people this every time they ask. When you hear something like this, the reality hits you that perhaps starting a farm is merely a dream. Maybe farming isn’t what you should be doing with your life. If you are the kind of person that thinks his advice is the worst ever and that you are going to be a farmer regardless of what it takes, then a farmer is likely what you are meant to be.

You need to know a lot more than merely how to grow things to start a farm. It is a job that requires a diverse set of skills that can often be some of the most monotonous and boring work you have ever done. If you don’t believe me, do a little online research and you will quickly discover some of the skills that being a farmer requires. Of course, one of the main skills you need to be good at farming is passion.

To be a farmer, passion is mandatory. Without it you have nothing. Farming would become just another job that you do not like. It would be better for you to simply work for someone else. Without passion, you will not find pleasure in the things you achieve, you will not be able to see the things that are needed to help grow your farm, and you will not care whether you are a success or failure. The things you need other than passion, you can learn. Simply go to a book if you need to know how to fix a tractor. Call an extension agent if you need help treating diseased plants organically. Take a course in QuickBooks if you need help with keeping your financial records. When it comes to passion, though, you can only get that from within.

The main thing you need to ask yourself is if you are willing to let your business consume your time and thoughts for many years to come. Because if you’re wanting to start your own farm, you must think of it the same way he would starting a business, not a simply a farm.

Global Warming and Farming

Global Warming and Farming

 

People often think of melting glaciers and hurricanes and such when they think of global warming. The truth is, agriculture has been showing the effects of global warming for years now.

There are many studies that show how, in the short run, global warming is not completely bad for farming. As we humans continue to change the environmental factors from the things we do, the immediate effects have actually led to better crops.

With global warming comes an increase in temperatures. This can benefit farmers temporarily. It will create a longer growing season meaning more time for the crops to mature. This is true especially in areas where the fall and spring are typically cool.

The higher temperatures can bring some problems to other areas, though. Global warming will cause more heat in areas that are already warm, often causing the plants to suffer. The earth will be more dry as the rate of evaporation in the soil increases. The droughts that will occur can lead to not only the soil being dry, but also the air, and could lead to some crops burning.

It is also predicted that global warming will bring about changes in precipitation. This change will also affect the moisture in the soil. With global warming often comes the threat of severe weather, so when it does rain, it will tend to come down hard. The hard rain can lead to the soil eroding. This is a factor that would greatly affect farming.

Global warming also brings extra carbon dioxide into the air. This strangely has a fertilizing effect on the crops. This kind of fertilization helps crops such as rice, soybeans, and wheat. This makes carbon dioxide fertilization a global warming byproduct that can be beneficial to farming.

There have always been a lot of obstacles with farming. When you add global warming to the obstacles, it can make it more intense. With global warming, it is more likely that farmers will face hurricanes, heat waves, floods, and droughts for instance. These are problems that are hard for farmers to deal with.

As of now, North American farmers are not in a lot of danger from global warming. In fact, they may be facing some of the positive effects. In the long run, though, if global warming is not stopped, they will be facing much damage.