The goal of our Opinions pages is to educate, inform, persuade and entertain. Today, we are blending first and last of these with a quiz page highlighting our No. 1 industry agriculture.
Instructions: The bulk of the page features photos of farm equipment used in our region. Farmers will recognize most if not all of them, but our goal is to help nonfarm people.
So identify each piece of equipment and then give your best guess as to what it would cost to buy it new. Each item is numbered. The answers appear on the adjoining page.
At the bottom we provide alphabetical lists of the top commodities grown in Stanislaus County last year and 50 years ago, and of the thirstiest local crops. Your challenge is to rank them in order of the highest value or the greatest water usage.
Again, the answers are on the righthand page.
We hope you have a little fun with this and maybe learn something about farming.
And we thank Garton Tractor in Turlock, San Joaquin Equipment in Modesto and Flory Industries in Salida for providing
photos and information for our farm equipment challenge.
The top commodities were gleaned from the Stanislaus County Ag Commissioners Office annual crop reports.NOTE: Answers are below so scroll slowly.
NOTE: ANSWERS BELOW