Friday, March 30, 2012

What is an Acre?

Every discipline has its own language. That is true in farming, too.
 
I often mention the word acre. What is that exactly? Let me try to explain.
It is a standard land measurement used in the United States of America.
In the city, a large lot is half an acre. 
 Two lots, an acre.
 
It takes about 2.25 acres for a city block.
City lots and blocks vary in size.

  An acre does not.
If you would stand just past the 90 yard line on a football field and look back to the opposite goal line, 

that piece of field is about an acre.
 
A quarter of land is 160 acres. 
It takes four quarters of land to make a section of land which is one square mile.
 
In the times when America was settled, an ox pulled a plow over about one acre of land per day.
Each ox and plow was driven by a person who walked behind that plow.
 
It is a wonder we ever started farming out here.
 The land is big.

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