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Short, round steel silos, frequently silver in color These are commonly called grain bins and are designed for the easy loading, unloading and long term storage of cereal grains such as corn.
Round bales of hay and straw. The traditional way hay and straw were packaged in the field was a “bale” that was about 50 lbs. in size and measured about 16” X 36”. These round bales are a new way to store hay that allows the hay to be kept in the field longer and more efficiently. Some hay is also bound in large bales that again are 3 times as large as the typical bale.
10’ X 10’ block buildings standing next to an old barn It is called a “Milk House” and indicated that at one time that farm produced milk and was therefore subject to health and safety regulations, one of which required the construction of a “Milk House.”
Long white plastic worms These tubes are an economical replacement for the traditional silo. Cattle feed is packed in the plastic tube and taken out as needed.
Fall plowed land
This is a technique farmers use to get an early jump on spring work by fall plowing the heavier soils that are slow to dry out in the spring.
Fields outlined in trees when seen from above The most limiting factor to crop growth in soil is drainage. Therefore, most fields have a network of drainage tiles within them and those tiles channel water to ditches that are along the sides of the fields. As fields are taken out of production, these ditches will fill with volunteer trees that will eventually plug up the ditches.
Century Farm This is an award given by the NYS Agriculture Society to a farm operation that has carried on agriculture production for at least 100 years. In this region, the Jerome Farm (1817) located in Naples was given this award in 1988.  
Large plastic greenhouses seen on farms This is a new more economical structure for animal housing when compared to the traditional barn.  
Crops planted in strips along the side of the hills This is a soil conservation technique called strip cropping. The technique reduces soil erosion by imposing a grass strip that stops the flow of water running off the cropped areas.  
Strange outer space thing next to the crop
It is a weather station used to monitor temperature, moisture and wind speed. Today the effectiveness of pest management along with irrigation and other crop management techniques are dependent on an in-depth knowledge of weather conditions. These radio-controlled weather stations provide the farm operator with that knowledge.  

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