Quiz: The Farming Quiz
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The Farming Quiz
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

If you think of farming and imagine “American Gothic,” a famous paining of a dour farmer and his wife, you haven’t been exposed to the technology-heavy modern farm. These days, farms are digital masterpieces etched in the landscape, in which computer models analyze crop yields, specify fertilizer application and predict profits and losses. And at the end of the season, GPS and laser-guided combines harvest plants with amazing precision and speed. Do you think you know enough about these process to ace our farming quiz?

Modern farming is a year-round endeavor. In the winter, farmers figure out which parts of their fields need improvements in terms of erosion and nutrition. In the spring, when the soil warms, they prepare their fields for seeds, which themselves are often high-tech inventions with incredible gene alterations that make them hardier and more likely to produce high yields.

Once the nitrogen has settled and the tassels are long gone, it’s time for the harvest. This (often frantic) process means pulling crops from fields before winter snows turn the fields to muck.

Pull on your boots, snap on your coveralls, and get your hands dirty with this farming quiz now!


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During which season would farmers be most likely to drill a field's soil?
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How do farmers measure their land holdings?
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It contributed to the Dust Bowl. Which term refers to topsoil being carried away by natural forces?
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An "acid" soil refers to which aspect of this substance?
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Where would you be most likely to find a a "layer" on a working farm?
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What device helps move grain through a tube, like the ones used to fill grain transport trucks?
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A combine is a machine that pairs a harvester with what other device?
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When farmers talk about "broilers," they're refering to what?
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Where do farmers concentrate large numbers of cattle for the purposes of fattening them up for market?
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They aren't blankets, exactly. What's the primary purpose of cover crops?
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If a dairy cow isn't producing milk, what do farmers call it?
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If a farmer leaves crop stalks in a field following harvest, what is he doing?
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What term best describes when a farmer harvests two different crops from the same piece of land in one year?
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"Angus" applies to which aspect of farming?
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In "viticulture," what are farmers producing?
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A bushel is used to measure an amount of fruit, grain or similar products. It is the equivalent of how many gallons of liquid?
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"Hydroponics" is particularly useful for farmers in which situation?
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Overdrafting can result in which catastrophic problem?
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In which product do farmers have to contend with "chaff"?
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A "pivot" is critical to which aspect of farming?
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Why do some farmers spray Bacillus thuringiensis on their fields?
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What's one potential downside to the silage process?
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