As we prepare to begin another season of farming, we should review the size of 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.