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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Corn Farmer Math Planting Edition

In an effort to make math more interesting for kids and to make my kids understand that math really is important, I have started a series of Farmer Math questions to go along with the Flat Aggie reports.  These are patterned after the blog Bedtime Math. Some of the questions are easy enough for pre-schoolers and sometimes I come up with some to even challenge high school seniors.
These questions follow the report  Flat Aggie Visits O'Neal Farms.  Additional educational materials can be found in the post All About  Farm Equipment and Wheat.

1. A large tractor and planter can plant 30 acres per hour.  How many acres can Flat Aggie plant in 2 hours with the planter?

2. How many hours would it take to plant 300 acres?

3.  There are 80,000 seeds in each bag of seed corn.  Flat Aggie wants to plant 25,000 seeds per acre.  How many bags of corn seed will Flat Aggie need to plant 90 acres?

4.  If the seed bags weigh 54 pounds each, how many pounds of seed would Flat Aggie plant per acre?

5.  How many pounds of seed would Flat Aggie need in all?

ANSWERS: 1.) 60 acres 2.) 10 hours 3.) 28.125 bags of seed 4.) 16.875 pounds per acre 5.) 1518.75 pounds
If you are a teacher or homeschooler that would like more information to go with the Flat Aggie reports, send me a message on my contact form.  Along with the report and the Farmer Math questions, we send each teacher an additional page of activities, crossword puzzles and sometimes a few hands on activities.

-A Kansas Farm Mom