Thursday, January 20, 2011

What A Difference a Century Can Make
This tractor in Culpeper County had its heyday in the late teens early 20s of the last century. In 1900 the average yield for corn per acre was 29 bushels. In the year 2000 the average had risen to 145 bushels an acre. And as the world population continues to rise so will the need to continue to increase yields. Thus one of the dilemmas of our age--things like pesticides, fertilizers and erosion from farming are causing one set of problems yet we need them to keep everyone fed. Where do we go from here? Guess we have some more learning to do? Do hope an exabyte or two this year will get us moving in the right direction.

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