Lecture 5 - Ecn 111A 2/8/11 I. Development of Agriculture...

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Ecn 111A 2/8/11 I. Development of Agriculture (1800-1850) South-Plantation agriculture North-Many farmers A. Northern Farm Costs -Clearing land -Team and wagon -two cows -tools -Provisions for family until farm is up and running Total=$795, not including land 4x per capita income would have to be paid in cash -It was very costly and difficult to start farming in the north B. Farm Technology i. Farming equipment didn’t change much technologically between 1200’s and 1830; farming was down with simple hand tools and the plow was pulled by a horse or ox ii. 1820’s wooden plows displaced by cast iron plows(this was huge back then in terms of farming) (less animal power) -Between 1800 and 1900 was the period of methodological advancement in farming -Between 1900 and 2000 was the period of biological advancement in farming iii. 1840’s John Deere steel plows in use iv. 1830s-1840’s Mechanical threshers removed grain from stalk v. 1850’s sales of Mechanical harvester significant -Result of higher wheat prices during Crimean War (1853-1856) Crimean Peninsula supplied
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Lecture 5 - Ecn 111A 2/8/11 I. Development of Agriculture...

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