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UNIT 4 - PART TWO Systems Model and Farming What is the Systems Model? Systems model is a model of looking at any system (farming, oil production, tire.

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2 UNIT 4 - PART TWO Systems Model and Farming

3 What is the Systems Model? Systems model is a model of looking at any system (farming, oil production, tire factory, schooling) and recognizing there are inputs, processes, and outputs.

4 Inputs Inputs are things that are put into the system. Ex: in farming there are: –human inputs (labour, equipment, fertilizer and irrigation systems) human or man-made –natural inputs (rain, sunshine, heat and soil type).

5 Inputs Given a case study of a farming operation you should be able to briefly describe (inputs). –t–the workers and their source. –t–the kinds of tools and equipment used. –t–the infrastructure. –t–the capital invested in the operation. –t–the types of seeds or young livestock used. –t–the nature of the land. –t–the quality of the soil. –c–climatic conditions.

6 Processes Processes are procedures / steps that occur in the system to convert the inputs to outputs. You can actually see ACTION either by people or machines!! Example: In vegetable farming the processes may include: sowing (planting), watering, fertilizing, weeding, aerating, harvesting.

7 Processes Given a case study of a farming operation you should be able to briefly examine (processes): the division of labour; who does what? the spatial movement of people and animals; Are the workers migratory? Are the animals moved between grazing lands? how the crops are planted; crop rotation, contour plowing, is any land left fallow? irrigation and soil maintenance practices; is there a need for watering? how frequently do they fertilize? What do they fertilize with? the annual cycle of farming activities how farming activities are spatially arranged

8 Outputs Outputs refer to those things that are produced by the system. ~ Ex: in cattle farming the outputs could include beef and raw hide whereas vegetable farm outputs could include carrots, potatoes and cabbage. Given a case study of a farming operation you should be able to briefly describe (outputs): - the kinds of products that are obtained. - How they market these products.

9 Case Study A Mixed-Vegetable Farm In Canada Page Questions 3, 4, & 5

10 Farming Chart NaturalHuman Inputs ProcessesOutputs

11 #3. Using Ferguson’s Farm Case Study, Classify each as either inputs (human or natural), processes or outputs Climate Cabbage Soil Milk Seeds Animals Seeds? Oil & Gas Harvest Bags Lime Carrots Tending Animals Ploughing Plants Rutabagas Meat Harvesting Labor Weeding Administration Eggs Repairs Insect ControlFertilizer Sowing Seeds Potatoes

12 A mixed-vegetable farm in Canada 1.Which type of crop does Ferguson not harvest? A.Carrots B.Rutabagas C.Pumpkin D.Cabbage 2.Which type of crop has Ferguson not experimented with? A.Strawberries B.Cucumber C.Cauliflower D.Broccoli

13 3. How many markets does Ferguson sell his products to? A. 2B. 3 C. 4D How many hectares of land does Ferguson cultivate? A. 7 – 8 haB. 9 ha C haD. 10+ ha 5. When does the planting period begin for Ferguson’s Farm? A. MarchB. April C. MayD. June A mixed-vegetable farm in Canada

14 Systems Model for Ferguson’s Farm Climate Plants Soil Seeds Labor Fertilizer Lime Animals Seeds? Oil & Gas Harvest Bags Ploughing Harvesting Weeding Administration Repairs Insect Control Sowing Seeds Tending Animals Potatoes Meat Carrots Eggs Rutabagas Milk Cabbage #3a NaturalHuman

15 A Mixed-Vegetable Farm In Canada #3b Components which are difficult for a farmer to control: –Climate (impossible to control!) –Quality of seeds –Quality of soil –Insect infestation –Final price of output

16 A Mixed-Vegetable Farm In Canada Maintain Equipment Order seeds, fert, lime, equip. Land preparation…spreading… Planting Weeding, insect cont., irrigating Harvesting

17 A Mixed-Vegetable Farm In Canada #4b Farming activities vary throughout the year because of the Seasons. Spring – time to prepare the soil and plant. Summer – crops are tended. Fall – Crops are harvested. Winter – time for planning and servicing equipment.

18 A Mixed-Vegetable Farm In Canada #5 Gross Income – Total Expenses = Profits $101, – $37,514.82= TOTAL PROFITS = $64,358.39

19 Terms Commercial Farming Fallow


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