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What is agriculture business really like?

I've worked with livestock plenty of times but I'm not very familiar with the horticulture aspect of it. I was just seeing what kind of business actuaclly takes place. #agriculture #livestock #horticulture

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Bob’s Answer

Horticulture when dealing with raising livestock or crops focuses on your soil, water and environment. When the soil chemistry and structure are known (through field or lab tests), then one can determine what water and fertilizer needs are required, how much will that cost, when to rotate crops, et cetera. The environment dictates which crops are best suited for each location (pineapples in Hawaii, wheat in Kansas) Probably a few courses at a community college on soil and plant growth focusing on agriculture would give you the correct knowledge. Where I live near Atlanta, the focus is Ornamental Horticulture, shrubs, flowers and trees, so all I know about crops is classroom education, but plants are plants. Hope this helps!
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Melanie’s Answer

It really depends on what aspect of ag business you are interested in (actual horticultural side, sales, management, etc.). I worked for a grower and wholesaler for a large variety of crops -- tomatoes, chilis, squash, cucumbers, to name a few. The horticultural side of the business is a fine art and quite scientific these days, depending on what you grow and how you are growing. If you are on the sales side of the business, and working in an office, your day to day is early mornings, many weekends, and very supply/demand driven. It's a very volatile market and I would imagine that today, compared with 10+ years ago, it's even more volatile due to inflation costs, employee wages, etc. Hope this helps!
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