Learn important farm safety tips as you color and solve these fun puzzles.
Johnny invites you to learn more about tractors. Danny thinks you should learn more about construction machines. And, Nellie wants you to learn more about farms.
Bell, Rudy and Mo share fun facts about some of their favorite food, crops and animals below.
How much popcorn does each American eat a year?
How many kernels of corn make a pound?
- Corn is the most important crop in the United States.
- Corn is used for three main purposes: (1) Human food; (2) Feed for animals; (3) Raw material for many Industrial products.
- There are many kinds of corn. We eat sweet corn and pop corn. Dent corn and flint corn is used to feed animals.
- Corn is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall.
- Corn needs lots of rain to grow. Some corn can grow over 20 feet high.
- There are thousands of uses for corn. Some of the products that you use that contain corn: paper, toothpaste, soda pop, paint, soap, and crayons … just to name a few.
In a year's time a dairy cow produces 1,500 gallons or 6,000 quarts of milk. A Jersey cow will give as much as 3 to 4 gallons or around 16 quarts of milk each day.
Dairy cows provide us with milk and milk by-products like cheese, butter, and ice cream. In addition, milk is also used to manufacture glue, paint and plastics.
Straight from the cow, the temperature of cow’s milk is about 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average U.S. dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That’s about 16,000 glasses of milk per year – enough for about 40 people. One cow can give 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
It takes approximately 1.4 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
A cow has 4 stomachs. They are: the rumen, where the food is first stored; the reticulum where food that has been more thoroughly chewed is stored once the cow has chewed the cud and has swallowed it; the omasum where extra water is squeezed out; and finally the food goes to the abomasum. Some of the digested food is then stored in the cow’s udder where it is made into milk.
Cows are ruminants or cud-chewing animals eating hay, corn, soybeans, grass, wheat and silage. Each cow eats 20 to 25 pounds of grain, 40 to 60 pounds of silage, 30 pounds of hay and drinks about 15 to 25 gallons of water a day.
Cows are sedentary animals spending up to 8 hours a day chewing the cud while standing still or lying down to rest after grazing.
When going to be milked, a certain cow in an established herd always leads the others with the weaker and older cattle trailing behind the group.
A typical, full-grown Holstein cow weighs about 1,400 pounds and produces 60 pounds of milk per day.
One day's production is 2.6 pounds of butter or 7 gallons of milk or 6 pounds of cheese.
A dairy cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and concentrated feed and 35 pounds of hay or silage (a mixture of corn and grass) in just one day.
It usually takes about 20 minutes for a cow to be milked. On average a cow is milked 2 to 3 times a day.
Hamburger meat from a single steer will make about 720 quarter-pound hamburger patties. That's enough for a family of 4 to enjoy hamburgers each day for nearly 6 months.
If all of the cotton produced annually in the U.S. were used to make one product, such as blue jeans, it would make 5 BILLION pairs.
- U.S. textile mills presently convert over half of the cotton they use into clothing.
- The majority of cotton is used for men's and boys' clothing, with jeans, underwear and shirts topping the list.
- One bale of cotton can produce 1,217 men's t-shirts or 313,600 one-hundred dollar ($100) bills.
- Cotton's home uses range from bedspreads to window shades.
- It is by far the dominant fiber in towels and washcloths. Cotton is also popular in sheets and pillowcases.
- Industrial products containing cotton include wall coverings, book bindings and zipper tapes.
- The biggest cotton users in this category are manufacturers of medical supplies, industrial thread and tarpaulins.
- Cotton is also a food crop. Almost 200 million gallons of cottonseed oil are used in food products such as margarine and salad dressing. Cottonseed and cottonseed meal are used in feed for livestock and poultry. And even products such as toothpaste, ice cream and the paper money used to buy them contain by-products of the cotton seed.
- The Cotton Belt covers the southern half of the United States, reaching from Virginia to California. Texas is the top cotton-producing state, harvesting about one-third of the U.S. cotton crop each year.
About 240 million laying hens produce about 5.5 BILLION dozen eggs per year in the United States.
- After these eggs are laid, about two-thirds are sold in the shell and one-third of them are broken – not by accident, but on purpose. After the eggs are broken out of their shells, they can be made into liquid, frozen, dried and specialty egg products.
- The egg shell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface. Through them, the egg can absorb flavors and odors. Storing them in their cartons helps keep them fresh!
- Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.
- Occasionally, a hen will produce double-yolked eggs. It is rare, but not unusual, for a young hen to produce an egg with no yolk at all.
- It takes 24 to 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg; there is 30 minutes between each egg-producing cycle.
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
The John Deere Lawn Ranger has just the safety tips you and your family need for working and playing around your yard.
John Deere Lawn Ranger Yard Safety Checklist
When the weather is warm, children spend more time outdoors. There's a lot of fun in our yard ... as well as some danger.
Every year, thousands of children are injured by outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers. To help prevent such accidents, check around your yard - with your family - to be sure these rules are followed.
Power Tool Users' Wardrobe
- Sturdy shoes.
- Full-length trousers (not baggy).
- No loose clothing or jewelry.
- Goggles and earplugs are recommended.
- Hair tied back or tucked in a hat.
Before You Mow...
Before You Mow ...
- Clear the lawn before mowing. Get rid of rocks, wires, sticks, glass, toys, etc.
- Children should be in the house when the lawn is being mowed - and so should pets.
- Do not smoke.
- Store gas properly. It should be in an approved container, out of reach of children, and away from open flames and heat sources.
- Don't refuel indoors.
- Don't refuel while the engine is hot or running.
- Wipe up spilled fuel with a rag and dispose of the rag properly.
Children should never ride on power mowers.
When You're Ready to Go ...
- Do not mow when the grass is wet.
- Do not mow without adequate light.
- Do not mow near a ditch.
- Do not mow backwards on a power mower.
- Never mow across a slope on a riding mower.
- Never mow on steep slopes on a riding mower.
- Mow only across a slope with a walk-behind mower - never up or down.
- If you notice anything abnormal about the machine or the terrain, stop the mower.
- Read and follow all instructions with any tools or equipment you have. These can be found in the brochures, or you can obtain them from your lawn equipment dealer.
Other Yard Safety Precautions to Remember
Off Limits to Children:
- Fertilizers and other yard chemicals.
- Flammable fluids (such as gasoline, kerosene and lighter fluid).
- Matches, lighters and fireworks.
- Sharp tools (including barbecue forks).
- Rusty metal.
- Glass objects.
Watch Small Children:
- Around wading or swimming pools.
- Around strange people or animals.
- Around drainage pipes and other holes.
- In an unfenced yard.
Be sure your children know all safety rules, and why they must follow the rules. Most importantly, enforce the rules consistently.