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Posted 22 April 2006 - 07:10 PM

Can anyone help me with the characteristics for extensive commercial farming? Im not really sure what I'm supposed to write for this.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 07:22 PM

Extensive Commerical Farming (thanks to Werlop):

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• Great Plains of the USA
• Prairie Provinces of Canada
• Areas of FLAT land
• Originally land divided up, but as people left amalgamation of farms occurred.

Characteristics
• Large areas of land available for cultivation
• Low crop yields, but very high scale production
• Monoculture of cereal crops in huge fields CASH CROPS (maize/wheat)
• High reliance on machinery and technology permitted by the large flat areas of land.
• Relatively low labour requirement
• Planted in Autumn, growth in summer months
• Harvested in late summer, contractors may be used
• Harvest stored in silos before being distributed
• Marginal climate not suited to more intensive types of farming.
• Land is cheap enabling large areas to be purchased
• Low population density
– Little pressure on land for other needs

Changes
• Steps being taken to tackle soil erosion:
• Strip cultivation
• Contour Ploughing
• Shelter belts
• Rows of sunflowers
• Diversification of farming
• Reduction in the monoculture of wheat
• Introduction of organic farming which helps reduce mono culture
• Diversification can provide job security, although there is still a declining farming population
• New crops means greater dependence on contractors to harvest the new crops introduced into this farming system.


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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:53 AM

Are the physical and human inputs part of the characteristics for extenisve commercial farming?

I really dont understand this type of farming at all.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 12:36 PM

Yes.
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