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Chemistry chemical reaction

How does soil type affect what type of food will be grown in a certain area?

How does soil testing help increase food production?

How do plants and microbes interact with the soil?

Are different soil types associated with the natural geography of a certain area?

How is soil aerated? Why is this done?

How do certain plants fix nitrogen into the soil? Why is this important?

How does agricultural burning affect soil quality?

How are the quality of soils rated? Could a soil's rating change over time?

How can poor soil be made into productive soil?

Why do salts build up in soil? How can this be avoided?

How does the soil on hills differ from the soil in valleys?

Do sinkholes occur in certain soil types? Do sinkholes go through prime Florida agricultural land? How about earthquakes, faults?

Why are some crops grown then tilled back into the soil without harvesting?

How do volcanic eruptions affect soil quality?

Why are flood plains good practices for agricultural production?

How have levees assisted and/or hindered food production?

How is phosphate obtained and how is it used in agriculture?

How do nitrogen, phosphorus and/or potassium (the three numbers on fertilizer containers) affect plant growth?

What is silage and what chemical interactions occur during its formation?

How fast can a quality compost fertilizer be made?

What kind of manure makes the best fertilizer?

How much energy (kilocalories or BTU's) is required to grow a ton of tomatoes or corn?

Is the chemical structure of a pesticide or fertilizer associated with how long it persists in the environment?

Why do grain silos spontaneously combust? What can be done to prevent this?

What is the chemistry of the formation of silage?

Why does agricultural burning occur? Design an alternative process for agricultural burning.

Engineering animated engine

How are fields leveled for planting?

How are lasers used in agriculture?

Compare some common irrigation systems for energy efficiency, effectiveness and water use.

What simple machines are used to make complex farming equipment?

What types of equipment can help reduce the amount of water used in agriculture?

What can be done to reduce corrosion of outdoor machinery?

How do mechanical pumps work to get ground water to the soil's surface?

How are computers used to assist with the development of machines?

How are gears used to make work easier in farming?

How do truck scales determine the weight of a truck load? Why are truck scales important?

How are the large factories, such as tomato processing plants, designed?

How does the generator work? How are generators used in agriculture?

Analyze why farming equipment changes so rapidly.

Compare the efficiency of old farming equipment to the efficiency of new farming equipment.

How and why do food packaging plants make packages air tight?

What is a grain elevator and how does it work?

Design and make a piece of equipment that has a specific role in agriculture.

How do various types of metals hold up to heat and pressure?

Environmental Sciences   

How does ozone affect plant growth? Why is this an issue in Florida?

How can soil erosion be reduced on cultivated land?

Is tillage always necessary for growing food?

How can solar energy be used to reduce the amount of energy purchased by farmers?

How can crop residues be used to reduce the amount of energy purchased by farmers?

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