Terms Related to Agricultural Production
The following are some terms that are related to agricultural production.
Acid Rinse: Acid rinse is part cleaning agricultural equipment. This part of the process is especially effective when clearing minerals, protein, and fat from equipment. It also helps eliminate bacteria.
Bt Corn: Bt corn is corn that has been modified with a special soil bacterium that helps repel certain boring insects.
Drawbar: A drawbar is part of a tractor. Farmers can hook additional equipment onto the drawbar, like harvesting equipment.
Fallow: In agricultural production, fallow refers to a field that has been plowed but has not had crop seeds planted.
IPM: IPM is a method for keeping weeds and pests under control. Spraying pesticides, rotating crops, and using natural predators are all IPM approaches to crop protection.
Parlor: A parlor is where cows on a dairy farm are milked. There are many different kinds of parlors, from hand milking parlors to fully automated parlors.
Primary Tillage: Primary tillage is shifting and breaking up the soil in a field to help prepare it for planting. Secondary tillage will be needed to smooth the surface of the land.
Row Crop: Row crop refers to any fruit, vegetable, or other produce that is planted in evenly spaced rows. These widely spaced rows allow for the passage of agricultural equipment during the early stages of crop growth.
Scrape-and-Haul: Scrape-and-haul is used to fertilize produce. Manure from livestock areas is taken to nearby land for distribution.
Secondary Tillage: Secondary tillage comes after primary tillage. Secondary tillage does not reach as deep into the soil as primary tillage. The purpose of this preparation method is to further break up the soil. Chemicals – including certain pesticides – may be added to the land at this point.