A Brief History of Farming: From Hoes to Precision Farming

TLDR The history of farming has been marked by major innovations such as the development of tools like the hoe and plow, the invention of the seed drill and irrigation, and the introduction of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Advancements in farming also include genetic engineering of crops and the use of information technology for precision farming.

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00:00 Humans began cultivating and raising crops over 10,000 years ago, and the history of farming has been marked by major innovations that have increased production over time.
02:36 The broadcasting method of planting seeds was inefficient due to uneven distribution and lack of access to nutrients, leading to the development of the hoe and later the ard as more effective tools for farming.
04:37 The development of the plow, including the moldboard and the addition of wheels, along with the transition from oxen to horses and the invention of the horse collar, were major innovations in farming.
06:49 The development of the seed drill and irrigation were major innovations in farming, and the British Agricultural Revolution in the 17th century popularized the four crop rotation system.
08:56 Selective breeding, the development of the seed drill, the invention of the mechanical thresher, the reaping machine, the combine harvester, the steel plow, and the stripper were all major innovations in farming that improved agricultural outputs.
11:07 The 19th century saw the development of artificial fertilizers and the introduction of steam tractors, but it wasn't until the 20th century that tractors became more practical with the invention of the internal combustion engine, and the use of pesticides to combat crop-eating insects also became more prevalent.
13:13 Advancements in farming include the discovery and use of pesticides, genetic engineering of crops, and the adaptation of information technology for precision farming.
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