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During the 1700s, farming changed greatly. The changes were for the better. It made farmers work a lot easier and allowed them to have more crops. Before the revolution farmers lives were hard and stressful. Then the agricultural revolution brought changes to crop rotation, the new inventions and the amount of land one farmer could farm in one year with little help.
New crops such as potatoes and corn were introduced during the 1700s which gave the farmers more options of grain to plant each year. A great way of getting the most amount of grain out of the crop was introduced during the 1700s, it was called crop rotation. Before crop rotation farmers would plant a crop, and then the next year they would leave the field to summer follow. This had helped for a better crop every second year but farmers just couldn’t afford to have no crop the one year. That is when Charles Townshed discovered that fields didn’t have to go to summer follow every other year (Beers, p.65). Instead farmers could rotate to a different crop each year. For example if you planted wheat or barley one year it would be best to plant clover or turnips the next. This allowed for a better crop to develop out of the ground each year because each of the different crops uses different nutrients out of the ground. Then once the grain was harvested it put different nutrients back into the soil. So if you keep on planting wheat in the same spot it will suck all the nutrients it needs to grow out of the ground. After a couple years of planting the wheat on the same land the farmers wouldn’t get as nice of a crop because the nutrients it needs to grow would be all gone. Using this method, the farmers were able grow better crops each year without putting a field to summer ...

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...t crop making them more stable and pushing the weak or not so stable farmers into the town in search of jobs. This is what helped shape the industrial revolution and bring a whole new agricultural way of living.

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