Could our farmers survive today without using the mechanical plow?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Amish farmers do quite well with no 20th century machines.  

  • 1 month ago

    It would certainly change a lot of things. If you have ever looked into your family tree before WW2 when mechanisation really took off a *huge* proportion of people were agricultural workers. Farming was extremely labour intensive. One man with an ox could plough an acre in a day in medieval Europe (which is why an acre is that size), today 20, 30 or even 40 acres a day is possible.

    A horse or ox and plough can only go so fast, there aren't really many efficiencies to be made. Arguably they'd be significantly less efficient than they were in the past, as ploughmen need to be reasonably skilled and the animals we have today might not be as efficient as ones they used in the past as we're not breeding them to haul ploughs. Farms would need to hire HUGE numbers of workers, and may need to rearrange how large fields are. Small farms would be competitive again. It would utterly change the economy - food would become very expensive, but as there'd be a labour shortage wages would likely also increase.

    So sure, we could do it - but it'd be a HUGE shock and require many years to get used to it.

  • Kathy
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    1 month ago

    Probably nor, because it would take too long to plow fields the old fashion way.

  • Sandy
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    1 month ago

    with 6 times the staff, equipment and horses.

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  • 1 month ago

    Sure.  They did for a long time.

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