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Approximately 11% (1.5 billion ha) of the Earth’s land is used in crop production. This represents slightly over a third (36%) of the land estimated to be to some degree suitable for crop production.

Agriculture can be highly unpredictable. Yield may be affected by adverse weather events, and the market for a specific crop may change due to a variety of economic factors, resulting in a change in demand. It is therefore important to set time aside for crop planning to stay on track, and help ensure maximum returns from every acre.

Some crops have a limited growth range while others are able to thrive depending on temperatures, the quality and systems of the soil and water available, pests, and other factors.