Modern farming has come a long way in the last few decades, and has made major strides in just last few years. Farmers have become inquisitive scientists that understand both the intuitive properties of their land and the mechanics that create robust crop yields and healthy plants for consumption by the consumer. Regardless of the plant variety these farmers are cultivating—tubers, vines and everything in between—they need to know everything about seed varieties and the tools of the trade.
The Look of a Modern Farmer
Modern farmers haven’t changed much in their outward appearance throughout the ages. Bootcut jeans are a favorite among working growers because they offer excellent protection from cuts and scrapes and give your thighs and lower legs a defense against the cold, the sun’s UV rays, and irritation arising from contact with dirt, grasses, or bug bites. New varieties of bootcut jeans are always in stock, so picking the right fit requires just a simple test of length, waist size, and maybe some additional information on the manner in which the thigh, leg, and bottoms sit on the wearer. Long clothing has always been a favorite of growers and farmers and it’s not a surprise that these trends continue as the outdoor ‘office’ of the farming community has remained largely the same in its working conditions throughout the years.
The Approach to Harvesting
Where the distinctions come into play is really in the approach that growers take to their work. Farming has become a science as well as an art form. More and more farmers and their children are exploring the educational programs available in agriculture that are offered by universities in their communities. The insights gained through this educational environment are making farming far more intricate and efficient. From germination and seed protection measures to carefully calculated watering schedules, farming is quickly advancing from a superstitious tradition to one that leans heavily on molecular and biological sciences to provide guidance on proper procedure. Different seed varieties serve different planting purposes and respond differently to protection against insects and other pests. Seed samples need to be USDA approved. All of this means a U.S. farmer needs a variety of specialities.
One of the primary developments is in carefully curating the acreage that will be used for particular crops each season. Growers not only have new techniques to understand the length of time that a crop needs in the ground for optimal growth, but they can also accurately calculate the how long a new variety needs to be growing in that same plot before the rotation can begin again in order to constantly ensure a high yielding harvest each season and each year.
The Tools of the Trade
Farmers in the modern world of supermarkets and high speed transportation lines utilize all the mechanized tools at their disposal in order to streamline the processes of planting, watering, and harvesting, before starting the whole process over again. They utilize advanced irrigation piping and trench digging as well as mechanical attachments that can make the harvest as easy as driving a tractor through the acres of crop fields.
This is not to say that farming has become an easy profession. Farmers must still wake up at the crack of dawn, work all day in the extreme temperatures, rain, and wind that prevail across the United States and the world, and obsess over the growth and health of each of their seed varieties and individual plants. Farmers must work hard to ensure an efficient crop each year in order to bring in cash for their products that will sustain the remaining bills that they field as part of the community. Farmers carry mortgages, credit cards, cell phones, and school tuition just like the rest of the population.
Farming has come a long way in recent years, but some things remain the same. Farmers have the biggest, most free office of any sector of the United States workforce and get to create all day long while working. There is something truly magical about this life.