Plow Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
Quakers introduce plow agriculture and animal husbandry to Senecas
Chemical fertilizers begin to be used
Unusually Long Winter
Late May - early June: Large frost covers Rochester in icicles
1822 - 1835
"Boomin" Canal Town
Rochester is a "boomin" canal town
Erie Canal is finished
"The Flour City"
Rochester is nicknamed "the Flour City"
Steel Plough Invented
John Deere invents steel plough
1834 - 1854
Rochester railroad opens
1850 - 1860
Nation's Leading Grain-Producer
Genesee region is the nation's leading grain-producer
1854 - 1890
"The Flower City"
Rochester is nicknamed "the Flower City"
Hay Cultivation Changes
March: Great flood causing $1,000,000 in damages
December 4: The Grange is set up by Oliver Hudson Kelley
Louis Pasteur invents pasteurization
1890 - 1940
"City of Many Industries"
Rochester is nicknamed the "City of Many Industries"
Refrigeration is introduced to the United States
March: Great flood
May: Barge Canal opens
New Pasterization Law
Pasterization law mandates the use of expensive equipment; many smaller dairy farms close
Over 4,000 Agricultural Bodies
There are over 4,000 agriculture related bodies in the United States
Highest Temperature Ever Recorded (102 Fahrenheit)
July: Rochester weather is recorded at an all time high of 102 degrees Fahrenheit
1940 - 1950
Tractors are introduced in the United States; acceleraton of mechanization and specialization in farming occurs
72% of Monroe County Land is Farmland
1960 - 1970
Family Farms Decrease
The number of family farms decrease as expressways and suburbs grow
Blizzard of '66
The blizzard of '66 hits Monroe County
Between 1944 and 1970, Monroe County loses 152,000 acres of farmland due to urbanization
26% of Monroe County Land is Farmland
Invasion of Afghanistan
October: Freak storm hits Western New York