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Some Fascinating Farm Facts

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This week, let’s discover some interesting facts on farming that might be new to you.

Canada is the world’s largest exporter of pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils). Pulse crops contain nutrients found in both the vegetable and meat food groups, including significant protein, fibre, folate, iron, and other minerals.

Just over half of Canada’s vegetable crop is grown for processing. The top five crops are sweet corn, green peas, carrots, beans, and tomatoes.

Apples, blueberries, and grapes make up over 80% of Canada’s fruit acreage.

Did you know that more than half a billion dozen eggs are sold in Canada each year? That is more than 7 billion eggs. Wow! How many eggs have you eaten this week?

There are about 283 days (9.5 months) for the gestation period of cows.

Eleven top quality leather basketballs can be made from one cowhide.

Pigs live in barns specially designed with fans or ‘curtain-sided barns’ that can open if needed to help control humidity and temperatures. To keep the animals disease-free, most barns have strict sanitation standards and animal health rules.

Sows are female pigs that usually birth 8-12 piglets in a litter and give birth (farrow) twice a year.

Of the 10,000 items in a typical grocery store, at least 2,500 items use corn in some form during the processing or processing stage.

Green peas have three times more fibre, 40% more iron, and 25% more vitamin A and C than green beans.

When Ontario’s egg producers voted in 1972 to bring in a marketing plan for their commodity they were selling eggs at 21 cents/dozen while those same eggs were costing the farmers around 34 cents/dozen to produce.

Four companies control 44% of global restaurant sales. The companies are McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Tricon Global Restaurants which owns Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell.

Only 3% of the earth’s surface can be used to grow food crops.

One dairy cow drinks the equivalent of a bathtub of water every day.

An acre of corn is as beneficial to the environment as an acre of forest trees. Both have large leaf areas that absorb lots of carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the entire summer period.

McCain Foods, with headquarters in Florenceville, New Brunswick, produces one out of every three French fries consumed in the entire world.

In my article two weeks ago about maple syrup, I neglected to mention another family which sells maple syrup. Stanley and Clara Wortner are at 29944 Zone Road 7 in the Bothwell area. Their phone number is (519)-695-3619.

Also, the first annual maple syrup festival organized and hosted by the Shrewsbury and Raglan Assembly is scheduled for Saturday. A traditional pancake breakfast with maple syrup harvested from Sinclair Bush by Willow Creek Farms will be held at the Shrewsbury Community Centre on New Scotland Line from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children aged seven and under. Baked maple treats will be available.

Tours of Sinclair’s Bush (Talbot Trail south out of Blenheim, Centre Line Road South to Sinclair’s Line) will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a demonstration of traditional sap harvesting and a forest tour curated by local naturalists. The public is also invited to tour the sugar barn at Don and Jean Giffin’s Willow Creek Farms (18862 Communications Road, Blenheim) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see how maple sap is boiled down into syrup.

As always, if you have any ideas for a column, please let me know.

Think about this – A true relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’.

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